35 Confusing Things About The English Language

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Learning another language is no simple accomplishment. You can remember all the guidelines and still discover yourself messing something up.

The English language is no exception. With roots in lots of other world languages, English consists of a variety of grammar, pronunciation and spelling guidelines that appear to oppose one another in addition to the numerous standards and requirements that typically stump ESL students.

We asked HuffPost Facebook fans who are foreign English speakers to share exactly what elements of the English language they discover ludicrous or complicated. Some native English speakers likewise leapt in to share their observations also. While numerous use to other languages, others are distinct to English.

1. “ My mommy and I utilized to constantly laugh so hard when we heard individuals state ‘ I seem like toast ’ or ‘ I seem like fish ’ rather of ‘ I seem like having [fish or toast] ’ It should be so unusual to seem like you’ re a pice of toast! ” Karleen Hach

2. “ Sean Bean does not rhyme. ” Costanza Baldi

3. “ The lunacy behind blaming yourself for an injury or health problem! ‘ I broke my arm in the vehicle mishap ’ vs. ‘ my arm got broken in an automobile mishap ’ a lot blame on an individual for health problem and injury. Weird. ” Caitie Lou Pfeifer

4. “ Idioms are among my preferred things. I keep in mind finding out ‘ It ’ s drizzling canines and felines ’ at uni, and the entire class broke up. Mind you, in French we state ‘ It ’ s drizzling ropes. ’ ” Catherine MacAdam

5. “ When a question is asked in the unfavorable for instance, ‘ Are you sure you put on ’ t desire any cake ? ’ Should Istate ‘ yes ’ as in I ’ m sure or ‘ no ’ as in I put on ’ t desire any cake? ” Steph Aay

6. “ That darn ‘ i prior to e, other than after c ’ lie . ” Anamary Marquez-Grossman

7. “ Different pronunciations for ‘ table ’ and ‘ comfortable . ’ ” ngeles Gelesmora

8. “ Telling the time! Let ’ s simply state it ’ s 12:30 p.m. British individuals would state, ‘ half twelve. ’ In my native Estonian,it ’ s ‘ half one. ’ ” Mari Eesmaa

9. “ ‘ A, ’ ‘ an ’ and ‘ the ’ do not exist in Russian. Even though I have actually now invested 15 years living in English-speaking nations I still get it incorrect often. ” Svetlana Sargant

10. “ As a dance instructor I kept informing my trainees to move their ‘ feets ’ with the ‘ s ’ at the end. It ’ s puzzling why some plural put on ’ t require the ‘ s ’ like fish or feet . ” Krisztina Hera

11. “ All the different pronunciations for the very same vowel mix. ” Alina Brito Lee

12. ″ ‘ Cough ’ and‘ though ’ put on ’ t rhyme , however ‘ take legal action against ’ and ‘ through ’ do. ” Anamary Marquez-Grossman

13. “ I constantly questioned why you need to pronounce ‘ hard ’ and ‘ dough ’ definitely various when there is just one letter various. ” Manuela Friedl

14. ″ ‘ Tough, ’ ‘ through, ’ ‘ comprehensive, ’ ‘ idea, ’ ‘ however, ’ ‘ trough ’ … require I describe? Myriam Tagej

15. “ When you state ‘ uncle, ’ it is unclear if you are discussing the sibling of your mother or the bro of your daddy, or the hubby of your auntie. Very same chooses ‘ auntie. ’ In my maternal language we have various adjectives for all those relative.” Tutku Rya zmen

16. “ That you wear ’ t have any pronoun that is gender neutral . In the Scandinavian languages we can utilize ‘ hen ’ which is a mix of ‘ hun ’( ‘ her ’-RRB- and ‘ han ’(‘ he ’-RRB-. ” Marie Ø. Nielsen

17. “ My partner constantly states we have 75 words that indicate the very same thing , however depending exactly what you wish to state, it can sound impolite despite the fact that you are technically proper. ” Becky Garcia

18. “ Just describe how the words ‘ check out ’ and ‘ red ’ noise alike. ” Anamary Marquez-Grossman

19. “ We have silent letters, like in ‘ plumbing professional. ’ Wtf is that about ?! ” Maria Harvey

20. “ ‘ In’ and ‘ on ’ is incredibly tough for my Latino trainees. In the bus is like on the bus, however on the cars and truck isn’ t in the cars and truck. ” Amanda Abair

21. “ I discover truly puzzling that there is distinction in between stating ‘ I like you ’ and ‘ I love you. ’ In my nation it has the very same significance when remaining in romantic relationship. ” Mia urekov

22. “ The reality that one word can have various significances, or it can be a noun or a verb . ” Angela Ortiz Guerrero

23. “ As somebody who natively speaks English and has actually communicated with immigrants for the much better part of this year, a few of the important things I state … took some discussing. On an aircraft as soon as I stated ‘ No, it’ s OKAY ’ and the stewardess was extremely baffled due to the fact that I stated ‘ no ’ and ‘ OK ’ in the very same sentence. ” Emily Wascura

24. “ Two words I ’ m thinking of: ‘ Worcester ’ and ‘ paradigm ’ … wister and paradime. ” Lucy La Hurreau

25. ″ ‘ Daughter ’ and ‘ laughter. ’ ” Fiona Jayne MacMillan

26. ″ ‘ Good ’ and ‘ food. ’ ” Mindy Wallace

27. “ The method the Brits pronounce Warwick, Leicester and some other cities. ” Ana-Raluca C tinean

28. “ My Irish stepfather utilized to state ‘ draw the blinds ’ for shutting the drapes. ” Jay Flamey Iones

29. “ The method you have to order adjectives was the hardest for me to find out when I was a kid: opinion-size-shape-color-origin-material-purpose noun. ” Estefania Cortez Macias

30. “ The reality that ‘ love ’ is the only word to utilize for the various type of love! Like in Spanish, there is a word for the love of a close member of the family, a fan, a various word for a buddy, or for liking a kind of food or thing! A various word for various kinds of love. ” Alex MorGa

31. “ The very same letter or mix can be pronounced in various methods (‘ feline, ’ ‘ cake, ’ ‘ automobile ’ …) Makes it terribly puzzling in the start. ” Elina Singh

32. “ Two words for motion ‘ come ’ and ‘ go ’ might be simply one word . ” Kristina Smirnoff

33. “ I ’ m constantly scared to screw up with expressions that include typical words like ‘ construct out, ’ ‘ blow out, ’ ‘ take out, ’ and so on ” Ana Ibarra

34. “ Syntax . The words need to remain in the very same order. There ’ s very little wiggle space. Then, how do you understand which part of the sentence is the most crucial one? ” Elina Singh

35. “ The distinction in between ‘ th-’ vs. ‘d ’ and ‘ b ’ vs. ‘ v ’ sounds. As a Spanish speaker, I put on’ t have those various noises. ” Estefania Cortez Macias

Responses have actually been modified and condensed for clearness.

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