Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Juliajuliajul is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Rwanda
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Arrow Do u think English should be simplified and made easier to learn?

    I don't think so, because if we oversimplify the language we learn, it will become useless for real communication. I'm sure, that no language is easy to learn because they all have their own history and culture!

  2. #2
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,054
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Do u think English should be simplified and made easier to learn?

    Even if all of us here at usingenglish.com thought that English should be simplified it would not matter a bit, because it cannot be done. English is a living thing, constantly evolving. There is no way that anyone can limit or impose order on that process. Therefore English cannot be simplified; there is simply no mechanism for doing so.
    Last edited by probus; 16-Sep-2013 at 03:44.

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,110
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Do u think English should be simplified and made easier to learn?

    It usually is simplified for the lower levels of learning, but people require high level language for much of advanced language use- business, science, etc. Language is controlled by the speakers, so if English needs simplifying, then it will become simplified naturally. There have been a number of attempts to simplify it and they have all failed. Imposing things on English does not work- any changes needed will come from within the speech community, which includes both native and non-native speakers.

  4. #4
    konungursvia's Avatar
    konungursvia is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,802
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Do u think English should be simplified and made easier to learn?

    Also, I have a suspicion the complexity depends on the civilization's needs -- take so-called Ebonics, or Black American English, which has developed in parallel to standard AmE, but partly independently of it -- and it ends up that functioning in North America in modern times, even when segregated from white society, Blacks ended up needing all of the verb tenses and other structures AmE had -- not the same ones, but equivalent ones, and even more forms of the present tense. You can't get people who earn a salary or hourly wages to collapse their numbering system to the Yanomami "one, two, many" when they have a need to express things like "40,000 a year." I think you get the idea. [Edit: Spelling is another matter, and I'm in favour of modernizing it to some degree -- gaol?]

  5. #5
    Mehrgan's Avatar
    Mehrgan is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    1,595
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Do u think English should be simplified and made easier to learn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Language is controlled by the speakers, so if English needs simplifying, then it will become simplified naturally.

    So true!

Similar Threads

  1. difference between 'the simplified' and 'a simplified'
    By dkqmail in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-Jul-2013, 17:10
  2. easy; easier: much easier; much more easier
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 13-Apr-2012, 06:44
  3. How can i rephrase this into simplified English?
    By TBOY123 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2011, 23:07
  4. how to learn speak english not learn just grammer
    By noora in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Apr-2006, 09:16

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •