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Friday, July 01, 2005

Why English is so difficult to learn

22 Reasons Why English is Hard to Learn

-The bandage was wound around the wound.
-The farm was used to produce produce.
-The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
-We must polish the Polish furniture.
-He could lead if he would get the lead out.
-The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
-Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
-A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
-When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
-I did not object to the object.
-The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
-There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
-They were too close to the door to close it.
-The buck does funny things when does are present.
-A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
-To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
-The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
-After a number of injections my jaw got number.
-Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
-I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
-How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
-The accountant at the music store records records of the records.

Let’s face it: English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England or french fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce, and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese? One index, two indices? Is cheese the plural of choose?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?
When a house burns up, it burns down. You fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm clock goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?
Now I know why I flunked my English. It’s not my fault; the silly language doesn’t quite know whether it’s coming or going.
Crazy English(An Exerpt from the Introduction)
by Richard Lederer

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Awesome Post Dina, very very funny :D especially this paragraph:
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Yes amazing post and hillarious.

I once heard that some of the strange spellings in English (like half with an l) are because for instance a king made this mistake and noone could correct him so it became a rule :D

Pretty cool thx 4 sharing :)

great stuff.. I always thought of english as an easy language till now


Hey Dina, did you check out my tribute post on my blog;)

Checked out your photolog. Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing

I read it again Dina, and I must say, your part of the post is very very clever. Anyone who writes that sort of stuff can't flunk English ;)

oh thanks Dina:
after Iread your post I decided to learn Chinese!

Baher,Steliano,Mira&Omar:Glad you all liked it :) BTW Steliano I've also heard about that.

Nour: I'll check it right now. And you're most welcome :)

Omar: I didn't write the post I just copied it!

Amr: Chinese sounds good ;p And why are you complaining, you speak good English!

you would tell a child who is sticking his head out of a moving car's window "Look out!" while you really mean "Look in" ;)

Great post Dina as usual!

its probably true then Dina :) cool post again

Nice post but have u even learned French? xD

Funny post... It's quite cute... Keep them coming, :D

Firas:Thanks:D I liked the one you thought of ;)

Steliano: Thank you again:)

Omar: I tried learning French then stopped but plan to go back soon...maybe you can write something about French being a native speaker ;)

Sara: Your wish just came true, check out my new post ;)

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