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The Problem With English
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The Problem With English

They say the English language is one of the most difficult languages to learn – and it is. Take a word like r-e-a-d, for example. It means I am going to read the book, or I have already read the book. It is the same word for both the past and the present tense.

Even more confusing concepts are the words that don't sound anything like the way you spell them. For example, the ‘N’ sounding word pneumonia that starts with a ‘p.’

Or how about the ‘S’ sounding word psychology that starts with a ’P.’ And the ‘N’ sounding word knock that starts with a ‘K.’

Another oddity of the English language is the use of words that sound identical when spoken but are spelled differently -- Like to, two, and too. They each have a completely different meaning.

Contractions are one of the hardest concepts to understand because contractions are tricky. "You have" becomes "you've," "you are" becomes "you're," and "have not" becomes "haven't."

The word "card" is a little different because it has a huge variety of meanings. For example:

· A game of cards

· A hand of cards

· A deck of cards

You can sit down to a game of cards, and at the same time deal a hand of cards. But you must first purchase a deck of cards.

Or how about:

· Flashcards

· Credit cards

· A real card

You wouldn’t use a deck of cards to teach someone to read -- you would use flashcards. The term credit card might be the one 'card-word' you want to be very careful using.

A very funny person is sometimes said to be a “real card!” The same expression is also used to describe a very annoying person. A real card can be a compliment or an insult, depending on its use.

Business card, post card, time card, cardboard, calling card, identity card, oh my! -- And let's not forget "greeting card." When all is said and done, there is no card like a greeting card. Nothing says something like a greeting card.

To me, the greeting card is perhaps the granddaddy of all card-words. The greeting card is a universal phenomenon, crossing all worldwide borders. The history of the greeting card dates back to ancient times.

The word "card” is a keeper for the English language. It is one of those English words that is too versatile to get rid of or ignore. The only thing left to do then is to learn the language, despite the problem with English.


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Google "Silver pen writers" and click "SPW Home" Lillian, this is me ... lfergus712 AT gmail DOT com

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  about 4 years ago

The ones at "Secret.. ?"

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  about 4 years ago

Found a book you might like to keep as a reference: Writing Talk, Sentences and Paragraphs with Readings by Anthony C. Winkler and Jo Ray McCuen. Bought mine on Amazon, 432 pages of pure delight for me. Check it out if you choose. I almost lost you somehow--where have you been?

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  about 4 years ago

Greetings Lillian, Thanks for the info, It sounds helpful and interesting. I have been over at "Secret Pen Writers" where I can get help with grammar. I've moved several of my stories over there and they have been very helpful. I challenge you to re-read any of my Street Articles for grammatical errors -- you won't find many, if any at all. Thanks for helping.

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  about 4 years ago

English can be difficult when you first come to America or any other state .

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  about 4 years ago

So true, Danna! ... we just have to stick with :) Thanks.

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  about 4 years ago

LOVE IT; I SEE SO MANY ERRORS, BUT THAT'S BECAUSE I READ. IN NORMAL LIFE, IT'S ALL ABOUT TALKING, A CONVENIENCE AS PEOPLE USE ALL THE TYPES OF WORDS IN THEIR NORMAL POSITION.(USUALLY) I PERSONALLY FIND THAT SOME LANGUAGES GIVE ME NO CLUES AS TO HOW TO EVEN PRONOUNCE A WORD, LET ALONE USE IT IN A SENTENCE. NO, I WON'T TRADE ENGLISH FOR ANY OTHER LANGUAGE. WOULD YOU?

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  about 4 years ago

Nope! :)))

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  about 4 years ago
Kymee  

You are brilliant, and so creative. I know someday you are going to be very famous ;O) glad I get to say I know you.

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you very much Kymee! Such a nice thing to say. I am flattered!

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  about 6 years ago
Anna Ware  

Brilliant article. I for one love the english language. I find that it gives me so many more ways to describe things. It's also very beautiful to listen too.

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  about 6 years ago

Being that you are Swedish I suppose you can see the english language perfectly objectively. Your observation is interesting. Thank you.

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  about 6 years ago
Sherry B.  

HI Lewis, Very interesting article! I definitely agree with you that the English language is very confusing at times with words that sound alike but mean completely different things. Not to mention all those with the silent letters! I sure am glad that I didn't have to learn it as a second language.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Sherry, only a few have mastered the king's english :)

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  about 6 years ago
William6  

Hiya Lewis. Once more you hit the ball all the way down the street and hit that old '65 Bonneville sitting on the curb. My wife is Korean so I am an expert on english as the 2nd language thing. Sometime she would get so furious and upset that she would just start crying. I would tell her not to worry, for many natural born english speaking people could never get it right either. I told her she would survive just the same. The first Christmas we we together I received a card from my wife. It was a very pretty card and I still have it. On the inside of the card written in her style of handwriting, were the words "I Love You. Your Sweet Wife, S" That was 35 years ago this Christmas. All the English I ever needed That being said I would like to add: This old planet could sure use a get well card about now. Once again Lewis. Great post..

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  about 6 years ago

Wow! What a great comment. Thanks, and congrats on your long marriage.

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  about 6 years ago

Well crafted, Lewis. I would never want to have to learn English as a second language my hat is off to all those who did. Such a curious mixture of French, German and Danish. It really must seem like a lot of nonsense to someone trying to learn it.

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  about 6 years ago

I'm with you, Dave, I'm glad it is my native tongue. Lol.

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  about 6 years ago
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