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Is it true that English is one of the hardest languages to learn?

If that statement is true then what makes it so hard?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Because it make very little sense.  It's all memorization, with very few universal rules.  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes especially if wanting to speak it more than just proficiently. Its grammar is confusing 

    and so is spelling of certain words, also while it uses words that are originally in various

    other languages, many who only speak English (so they claim) pronounce them in ways quite different, and label you as snobby, posh, prissy etc. if actually saying them correctly.

    Source(s): I have spoken English most of my life, but grew up with French and/or Spanish at home.
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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No it isn't. Chinese is much harder because a slight change in inflexion of the same word totally alters its meaning. Plus all those characters are a bugger to learn and write.

    The problem with English is we use so many idioms and allusions in our speech and writing some of which are thoroughly confusing to a none native. A bit like the way chou (cabbage) as a term of endearment in France really baffles you at first...

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  • 2 months ago

    It depends on the person who is trying to learn it. For example for a German it shouldn’t be hard because there are many similarities between the languages but for a Chinese or Japanese it would be hard because the grammar is different. People learn foreign languages by comparison with languages they already know so if there are many differences it becomes harder. 

    Oh and spelling in English is a pain in the a**

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  • Chiara
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    2 months ago

    I'm Italian, I think it's one of the easiest languages to learn.

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  • Zirp
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    2 months ago

    to some people yes

    It's one of the few languages that have spelling competitions for NATIVE speakers.  It has a huge vocabulary with loads of synonyms. It has a lot of colloquialisms. Some expressions are taboo (like "does be"). It also has a lot of homonyms, homophones and homographs.

    If you want to know what an easy language looks like, learn Esperanto

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  • 2 months ago

    Most silly language,the one who originated it have the worst accent

    • bluebellbkk
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      2 months agoReport

      That is a very silly and ignorant remark.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, it's true. There are more variations, irregular words, variations in spelling conventions and a larger vocabulary than practically any other language.

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  • 2 months ago

    Words & spellings have rules to follow.  Context must be taken into consideration.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is difficult to learn well. But many people get by with it.  

    The real reason is that it is such a mish-mash of other languages, is riddled with idiomatic language, counterintuitive pronunciation, seemingly random (in fact highly nuanced) syntax and a weird vocabulary part invented by Elizabethan dramatists.

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