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Learning English is difficult

Posted by TuneWeaver on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

So, this Korean college student comes up to me in the coffee shop with a perplexed, and apologetic look on her face.  "Excuse me, Sir.  Could you help me to understand a couple of words in English?"...I said,  "Sure, if I can"... She said, "What do the words gonna, and deegee  mean? "   "It goes like this," I replied, "I'm gonna tell you what these words mean. Deegee understand that?"  YES, she said.. How about one more word... What does Ahmunah mean.. Simple.  Ahmunah tell you now.

This really happened..

8 comments on “Learning English is difficult”

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @3:48:39 AM

You'll make an excellent English professor Lee.

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @8:08:30 PM

Many years ago I was traveling in Germany, and some Germans asked me to say something in English.
That's was always hard to come up with what to say out of the blue so I said:
"Whaddya wamida say?"
They were suitably baffled until I said the clear version:
"What do you want me to say?"

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Thursday, November 19, 2015 @3:08:45 AM

that's funny. Spanish is a much more simpler, yet much more practical and economical language than English and I know this because I speak both. Not saying it isn't difficult to learn, it is, but it's a better language than English...

Dick Hauser Says:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @12:42:13 PM

I took a couple of semesters of Spanish when I lived in Panama. I was able to practice a lot, but except for two of us, the class was filled with bilingual dependents of Panama Canal Company employees. Hardest "B" I ever got. The instructor told me I would have gotten an "A" if I had taken the class in the U.S.. A couple of friends and I used to go snorkling out in the middling of nowhere and none of the locals spoke English. Communicating with these people helped me learn the language better. My wife spoke "Tarzan Spanish". Just nouns and no conjugating of verbs. Our maid used to laugh a lot. I really liked the Latin Americans.

TuneWeaver Says:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @1:00:01 PM

Good comment Dick.. I'm self taught in Spanish and learned a lot on the streets in Nicaragua.. Eric, in a way, Spanish can seem easy, but the slang, which is what a lot of daily conversation is, can be horrendous ..As an aside, my son speaks FLUENT Chinese..Once he said that he was learning phrases that, for instance, had five words, but non of the words had anything to do with their overall meaning.. I asked for an example.. He said that an English equivalent would be " HOLY CRAP".. A Chinese person could look up the words, Holy and Crap, put them together and still have NO idea what "Holy Crap" means.. So...Dicks Tarzan Spanish, just nouns and pointing works well ...I went to Nicaragua once with a guy whose entire Spanish language ability was to be able to say Taco, and Tortilla.... Using nouns and pointing, nobody even noticed that he couldn't speak Spanish.. What he did have going for him was that he was Fearless and didn't worry about not knowing the language..

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 @3:44:16 AM

That's true about slang, and every country has quite a bit of it, save for Peruvians, which have about the most neutral anc cleanest spanish I've ever heard. Argentines have "Lunfardo" which is almost a different language completly. It's the language of tango music and Buenos Aires. To this day, I still have to have my wife translate alot of Tango tunes and Carlos Gardel songs. It's so slangy I just don't get it. Even so, I KNOW alot of Arg slang and use quite a bit with my wife or other argys.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 @4:22:04 PM

I have read that English has more slang than any other language, and that tha 2 hardest languages to learn are English and Chinese. I dunno......I speak Ozarkian myself (which IS sometimes confusing to others).....LOL.

Swing Says:
Thursday, July 22, 2021 @7:51:32 AM

Here is why English is hard to learn..pronounce the following words Sour, Tour, Hour, Pour

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