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Why is English so hard to learn?

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Why is English so hard to learn?

Postby V51JP » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:10 pm

Let's face it - English is a ridiculous language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in a hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England, nor French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are
meat.

You cannot buy boots in Boots, You cannot buy virgins in Virgin, You cannot buy threshers in Threshers and the Superdrug chain is a great disappointment.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that bakers bake, but grocers don't groce?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

And finally, how about when you want to shut down your computer you have to hit "START"?


1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) I did not object to the object.
9) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
10) They were too close to the door to close it.
11) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
12) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
13) I shed my clothes in the shed.

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Re: Why is English so hard to learn?

Postby v51pj » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:22 am

the king /queen told them that is how it is and final or loose your head hi!!

yes i asked the question also in school and i still remember the 6 stripes on my "sitvlak"

so yes if somebody stood up against the leadership of england then maybe it would sound different today?? but maybe they lost there head asking??

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Re: Why is English so hard to learn?

Postby V51Q » Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:29 pm

Ha ha....

Bad but good. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Why is English so hard to learn?

Postby Dave ZR6DG » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:45 am

The other guy's did not do too badly, especially naming their animals:
Lazy Horse and its a cat?
Hunting lazy horse ??
Black White stomach
Shallow Pig
Bastard Black White Stomach
Earth Pig
and then we have some other beauties that I tease my wife with.
a porridge wheel
Double run hail gun

But I must admit Dutchie beats me hands down (normally that had us brits "Hand Up") when we start comparing silly words in Eng & Afr.
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