Why is English so hard to learn?

  VNAM75 13:25 08 Sep 2006
  Belatucadrus 14:14 08 Sep 2006

Partly because we don't use much pronunciation punctuation, the accent and the umlaut would probably help a lot. But considering how pathetic we are at using what punctuation we already have, it's not going to happen.

  Jim Thing 14:19 08 Sep 2006
  mammak 14:20 08 Sep 2006

I like that especially the bit about computers lol a really enjoyable read.

  Al94 14:44 08 Sep 2006


  Pidder 15:31 08 Sep 2006

My laptop closes itself down if I just use the switch-off button. Do they all do that now? Perhaps the "Start" button neads renaming.

Also, did someone once say that in English there is no rhyme for "sugar"?

  Stuartli 15:46 08 Sep 2006

>>Also, did someone once say that in English there is no rhyme for "sugar"?>>

Well I can think of at least one...:-)

Part of the problem for those new to learning English (i.e. they already have another language) is the double, triple or even more meanings and/or spelling of a large number of our words.

  Pidder 15:54 08 Sep 2006

Is your regional dialect different from my west country one? We pronounce the "u" as in "mud" not "good".

  Diemmess 18:06 08 Sep 2006

How about west Lancashire pronouncing Lorry as Lurry.
Our Beeb local radio has poshed up The News as The Knees.
Die-hard Forest of Dean permanent residents will call H.R.H. Prince Chells.

  mammak 21:16 08 Sep 2006

go on tell what rhymes with sugar? :-)

  wolfie3000 00:03 09 Sep 2006

Mammak "Booger" lol

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