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    Complex English

    What is the most difficult to learn English words?
    I think that is to learn English with too many synonyms and to understand the differences between them to use in various contexts.
    My native language, Vietnamese, doesn't have many synonyms like that. Every word is usually synonymous to 1 or 2 other words.
    What about your thoughts ?
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    Re: Complex English

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    What is the most difficult to learn English words?
    I think that is to learn English with too many synonyms and to understand the differences between them to use in various contexts.
    My native language, Vietnamese, doesn't have many synonyms like that. Every word is usually synonymous to 1 or 2 other words.
    What about your thoughts ?
    Thank you for joining with me.
    ... And are those fewer synonyms related to who you're speaking to (as in Javanese, I think)?

    In my experience, students have most difficulty with phrasal verbs (knowing when to prefer them to more formal synonyms - like 'retire'/'go to bed'/'hit the sack/hay'/'call it a day' - and knowing when/how/whether to separate them).

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    Re: Complex English

    Yes the English language is very rich indeed. One sense can be expressed using different words. You should be careful, however, that these different words are more often than not cases of "Complementary polysemy",i.e near synonyms, with each word relevant to a specefic context.
    You can google "Complementary Polysemy" and u'll get better knowledge of this.
    best,

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