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    #1

    why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

    Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?


    Let's face it
    English is a stupid language.
    There is no egg in the eggplant
    No ham in the hamburger
    And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
    English muffins were not invented in England
    French fries were not invented in France.

    We sometimes take English for granted
    But if we examine its paradoxes we find that
    Quicksand takes you down slowly
    Boxing rings are square
    And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

    If writers write, how come fingers don't fing.
    If the plural of tooth is teeth
    Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth
    If the teacher taught,
    Why didn't the preacher praught.

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables
    What the heck does a humanitarian eat!?
    Why do people recite at a play
    Yet play at a recital?
    Park on driveways and
    Drive on parkways

    You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
    Of a language where a house can burn up as
    It burns down
    And in which you fill in a form
    By filling it out
    And a bell is only heard once it goes!

    English was invented by people, not computers
    And it reflects the creativity of the human race
    (Which of course isn't a race at all)

    That is why
    When the stars are out they are visible
    But when the lights are out they are invisible
    And why it is that when I wind up my watch
    It starts
    But when I wind up this observation,
    It ends.


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    #2

    Smile Re: why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

    Quote Originally Posted by rambabu234sonu View Post
    hi guys

    this is my third post on this website, how can u say that english not well define language. I do understad that English is world's Best Language to talk each other in the whole world.

    But my spoken english is not, i want to improve. How can imrove my ESL. Plz send note and also send information about Yourself.
    Still, i'm studying and also doing part time job.

    Thanx
    a b c . . .
    hi,
    The more you study, the more you know. All you have to do is the following: reading in English, writing in English, speaking in English, listening to English chanels and than you will be able to communicate, read, listen to and understand in English.

    PS By the way the ''poem'' I have posted it's a childish game or joke! ( just for fun) You do not have to take everything so seriously.

    have a nice day,
    madox

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    Re: why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

    I suggest that you all read this:

    http://www.ajarn.com/downloads/Fear%...ion(Paper).pdf

    atm


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    #4

    Re: why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

    Actually, in Spanish there is also 'hamburguesa' with the "ham"; vegetarian and humanitarian, and so on.
    I'd like to know which aspect (s) of the English language you consider to be difficult for L2 learners, because so far as Spanish learner one of our major problems is pronunciation and not grammar, as probably English native speaker have with Spanish.
    Greetings

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