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    #1

    the most difficult part of english for me

    I think the most difficult part of english is that it has a whole bunch of words that spell/read like the same ,some of those are (draw,drawl,drool,droll), (padel,paddle,paddle), (evanescent,efflorescence,effervescent), (carol,coral,carrel,corral) and the list go on. I was completely annoyed when I saw one . Is the same happen to the native speakers when they were learning there own language?

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    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, BF:


    We once had a president who said, "I feel your pain." Well, I do feel your pain.

    How about these words:

    rough
    tough
    through
    thorough


    We once had a vice-president of the United States who told a group of children to spell the vegetable as "potatoe." (I guess that he was confused by the plural "potatoes.")


    My only advice to you is to get a good dictionary.

    Then read widely and listen to as much English as you can.



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    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    You don't even need to buy a dictionary, which will be out of date in a few years.

    Bookmark the free OneLook site, which searches dozens of dictionaries, all of which are regularly updated. (Click on the underlined link.)

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    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    Any perusal of the internet will show you that even native English speakers struggle with homophones and homonyms. "Their, there and they're" are frequently confused, to give just one example.

    But "evanescent,efflorescence,effervescent" are not homophones. They are simply all longish words with some similar sounds. They are all clearly pronounced and spelled differently.

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    #5

    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    Quote Originally Posted by bf000777966 View Post
    there own language?
    That should be their own language. It's an issue, but it's not a major problem. Most people have written something like here instead of hear- as long as you know the difference, it's just a typo.

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    #6

    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    The -ough combination in English has a surprising number of pronunciations. Some say 8, others say 9 or 10. Consider this sentence.

    A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman rode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a lough, he coughed and hiccoughed and then checked his horse's hough.

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    Speaking of hiccups, I saw someone online yesterday talking about "hick ups."

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    #8

    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    The most difficult part of English for me is day-to-day conversations. For day-to-day conversations, I think, you just need to know simple words but you have to know how to use them in sentenses correctly . I never answer a call because I can't talk about a subject which I'm not prepared for it. I let people leave a message for me then I call them back.

    When you write in English you have opportunities to think about your sentences, to correct spelling, to ask someone to edit it and to revise it. However, when you talk you do not have these opportunities.

    Trying to have correct pronunciations beside correct sentences while I'm talking has made my life hell.

    By the way, the pronunciation of "flower" and "flour" makes me confused when I either pronounce or hear them.

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    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    "Flower" and "flour" are pronounced the same. Context would tell you which one is being talked about. One is unlikely to buy flour for one's girlfriend, or to put flowers into a cookie dough.

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    Re: the most difficult part of english for me

    Quote Originally Posted by MS3330 View Post
    However, when you talk you do not have these opportunities.
    However, when you say something which doesn't make sense, the person being addressed can immediately ask you to clarify.

    Not a teacher.

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