Learning the English Language and Its Complexities
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Learning the English Language and Its Complexities

Learning The English Language, with all its Complexities

The World’s common language. The English language is pretty well accepted as the world’s common language, but it still remains a puzzle to many, it is because of its complexity and richness that allows speakers to express them selves in so many ways.

English is a Germanic language and has been developed and expanded upon, over many centuries, and indeed is still being added too each day, from the Grecian of Plato and Aristotle, Latin from the Romans to many of the European languages of today ,tinged with a splattering of Viking and Anglo-Saxon, the English

It is the official language in 53 countries including the European Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nation, the North Atlantic treaty Organization, and the Organization of The Islamic Conference, interestingly England does not have a constitutionally defined official language.

It can be very Confusing

Because of it richness , it can be very confusing to those trying to learn it, there are for example so many words spelt the same but have different meanings, even scholars of the mother tongue have problems with it on occasions.

Take for example the word “close” it can mean to shut something, but it’s also the same way to spell “to be near,” as a writer using the English language I constantly have a brain storm, and start to question myself on if the word I have chosen is the correct spelling.

Different Emphasis

Sometimes an emphasis on a curtain part on a word can give it a different meaning, let’s take the word “Drawer” expressed with no emphasis, it takes on the meaning to describe a compartment, however put an emphasis on the ER and it’s a way of describing someone who draws.

I sometime pity those who strive to learn our language; as it is its hard enough without having this additional predicament.

As school children we all learnt some of the words that might give us problem in later years, word like “Lead” to show the way, or that heavy metal, as we all answered “Present” during the mornings roll call, it reminded us that the word could also mean a gift.

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream.

This a song sung by many English children, I mention it of course because of the word “Row” rhyme it with cow and it takes on a completely different meaning?

Other Countries using The English Language

The other country that has taken our language for their own, is of course the USA and now with the use of computers and the Internet the whole thing becomes even more complex, as the Americans have taken some of our most common used words and spelt them differently, some might say for the better, but its still confusing to say the least.

And if that was not enough, they have also used other words to describe common things “tap” becomes a faucet “pavement” becomes side walk and “sweet” is a candy.

Who knows over time with the influence of the computer in this ever shrinking world we may come to adopt many of these Americanisms

There are of course many more examples of words spelt the same but with different meanings, far too many for me to mention here, but I will leave you with a little collection.

Sow

Tear

Wind

Axes

Bass

Content

Convict

Desert

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word in the English dictionary I just added that to further confused you, and, so have fun learning our language you have my support and sympathy in the mean time, I bid you farewell with a quote from Mark Twain

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” ~ Mark Twain.

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Comments (7)
Ranked #19 in Linguistics

I thought learning Spanish was difficult. lol

I have always heard English was the hardest language to learn, like you said so many words are the same but have different meanings and also it's the way the words are said means a lot too. Now that's one-to,too,two. I sometimes get mixed up myself on some of the words, but don't tell anyone, Ha! Ha! I have been out of school for some time, maybe I do have a little bit of an excuse. Maybe I need to go back, not!

Suzi xxx

hahahahha Johnny of all people to read this on English language hahaha me of all people.. never using the proper english usage with the nouns an verbs where they belong, or words that aren't even words but yet get my point across. I agree its confusing an I wouldn't want to be having to learn it as a second language....I have a hard enough time with gettin it right from the start. lol. seriously though this is a great writing on the languages of how English has more then one meaning to the same sounding word. Very Well Done Johnny. Thanks For Sharing. Always.

Enjoyable read, it's such a fun language isn't it!

Roberta

The English language is definitely one of the hardest languages to learn, confusing enough for other nationalities when we might quote.

e.g. "It's all double dutch to me".........

Good article Johnny:-))

Great work on this. I can see where learning the English language can stump people who don't know it - or who may know it!

'most common language'? -Most widely spoken, the language of science and internet sure. What do you mean by 'most common?' I interpret this with ambiguity. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, followed by Russian (owing to the populations, albeit mostly restricted to contiguous regions of the globe) then what is it, English, followed Spanish & French or vice-versa, (or is English after Spanish & French??) I know that at some point the language of India will overtake the 5th and 4rd spots maybe... again, by population. English is difficult. I found Russian fairly easy (although I am hardly fluent, I know just basics like salutations, asking directions, etc.) and I think Polish is impossible for a non-native speaker to learn. I know maybe 50 Polish words and that is it...

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