English Can Be A Difficult Second Language

Learning another language has long been a great idea but with technology, today, it is easier than ever before.  Of course, some people might have more need than others to learn a second language, but that does not mean that you couldn’t do it, even if it were just for fun.

If you are a native English speaker you might not even realize that you were born in a country which speaks the one of the most common second languages in the world, though it is only, perhaps, the third most common first language.  Indeed, roughly 500 million people speak Robotel esl-lab English as a second language.

Every single person who learns to speak English as a second language comes to find that there are some complications to this language; complications that native speakers might not even realize exist!

GRAMMAR

While native English speakers might not notice this, English grammar is actually pretty darn complicated.  Many languages around the world have surprisingly simple grammar rules but English is not one of them.  English has irregular verb conjugations, syntax idiosyncrasies, sentence structure issues, and other grammatical variables that can, honestly, seem quite illogical to the non-native speaker.  As such, English grammar rules can actually be quite difficult to memorize.

VOCABULARY

Of course, grammar rules won’t really matter if you have no vocabulary. Unfortunately for nonnative speakers, learning English vocabulary can be equally as difficult as trying to learn grammar.  This has a great deal to do with the fact that English is a Germanic language that borrows cognates from the Romance languages.  Also, verb conjugation in English is not quite as intuitive as it typically is with other languages, so when people try to learn English, verb conjugation can be frustrating.  And speaking of verbs, verb tense in English can be complicated, as can dialect shifts, language mutations, and other word variations.  All in all, it is pretty easy to see why English has the honor of the largest vocabulary in the history of language.

SLANG and PRONUNCIATION

All that in mind, then, English can be very hard for a foreigner to learn because there are so many types of English slang circulating the planet.  From colloquialisms to slangs to regional dialects, English can be quite difficult to get accustomed.  And because of these dialects, different regional English speakers can pronounce words differently (or use them to mean different things).