The Worst Language I’ve Ever Seen

I've complained about some other languages, and I've had a lot to say about one in particular, but there is one language I know of which is, in my opinion, worse than all others. When I think of all the ways to make a language difficult, this one has most of them, along with a few frustrating details that I would have never thought were possible if I hadn't seen it for myself.

Mabye you've already guessed that the language I'm talking about is English.

“If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.” Doug Larson

The alphabet

The English alphabet has 26 letters — 5 vowels and 21 consonants — and none of them know what they sound like!

Each of the five vowels can be long or short, and there is usually nothing to indicate which is which in a given word. The e can also be a schwa, and it can also be placed at the end of a word where it makes no sound at all, but converts the previous vowel to a long sound. There are also several diphthongs, most of which can be pronounced at least two different ways: ai, au, ou, oo, ee, for example.

The consonants have a similar identity crisis. Sometimes a c sounds like an s and other times it sounds like a k. The g often sounds like a j. The letters k, b, g, h, and w are occasionally silent.

There are some strange digraphs, too. It's easy to recognize the need for ch and sh, since they produce new sounds, what what about ph, which sounds like f? Or gh, which is usually silent and indicates that the preceding vowel is long, but occasionally comes out like f?

Grammar

I have a very strong belief that the reason so many people complain about the topic of grammar is because the first grammar they tried to learn was English.

For instance, the formation of plurals. Car becomes cars, and box becomes boxes, but goose becomes geese, mouse becomes mice, and man becomes men. Boot becomes boots, but foot becomes feet! And speaking of plurals, why do women wear a pair of panties, but only a single brassiere?

Prepositions don't make much more sense. When looking at a list of numbers the total is at the bottom, but we say it adds up. Shouldn't it add down? The sun comes up and goes down, but prices go up and come down.

General nonsense

In English, you drive on a parkway, and you park on a driveway. When you transport something by car it's a shipment, but if you transport it by ship it's cargo.

Only in English would you have a device called a hot water heater — nobody else is trying to heat their hot water. And that little piece of glass in your door that lets you see who is knocking? It's called a door viewer, but most people have decided to call it a "peep hole", because there's really no reason to view a door.

Nothing means what you think it means. No one ever asks me to wait for anything. They just say "hang on". Hang on to what? When people say "heads up!" they really mean heads down. And they might tell you to "watch your head" or "watch your back", but you can't really do that, now, can you?

English may be easy to learn, but it's hard to understand... and nearly impossible to master. When compared to every other language I have learned about, English is — in my opinion — the worst language of all.


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  • I understand this article was written in humor, and I did chuckle a couple of times, but I'd still have to disagree with you that English is nearly as bad as you claim it is. Sure our phonics (fonics) may be a little wonky, but that's better than those languages whose alphabets are no phonetic help at all! I'm sure everybody could write an article similar to this about their native language. For example, the Italian preposition "da" can mean a great many things, and they are not even consistent. "Ritorno dal lavoro" is "I'm returning FROM work" but "vado da lui" means "I'm going TO his place" and "vado dal dottore" means "I'm going TO the doctor". And why do you go AL supermercato but IN banca?

  • Which languages are you referring to as having alphabets which are no phonetic help at all?

  • Also, it may be somewhat funny, but that's only because it's true. This actually was not written for the purpose of humor. I really do believe that English it the worst of any language I know.Perhaps a day will come when I find a langauge that's more disorganized, and more nonsensical, but at the moment I can't think of a language that makes less sense than English.

  • English even for foreigners is one of the easiest to learn. Maybe that happens because it is everywhere (movies, news, internet etc) ...One per seven people on our planet speaks that language ...It can not be that difficult and there is no need to be perfect. And the most important is that you can make your first steps without spending too much time. I think that after Esperanto the second easiest language that I learnt was English.

  • "The sun goes up and comes down, but prices go up and come down."What?

  • Everyone says that English is easy -- and I can understand that simple conjugations and a lack of gender are quite convenient -- but I think there's a big difference between being easy to learn and being easy to use correctly.But your comment that "there is no need to be perfect" reveals exactly my point: it's only easy if you're not concerned with speaking correctly. If you are, English is the hardest language of them all.

  • Typo. It's fixed.

  • The only people that I have ever heard explain English as being exceptionally difficult are native born English speakers. Perhaps they just want to think that they have a particularly difficult language for some reason?

  • Perhaps you just need your own ego stroked by telling people everything is easy for you?

  • To my knowledge, Chinese languages do not use an alphabet of any kind. But that excludes them from Dominick's comment.

  • I must agree that English is ridiculously difficult to use perfectly. Great post! Quite funny actually.I have to agree with Glavkos here as well though; English is easy because it's everywhere and is taught everywhere. The difficult parts of the language have been packaged in a way that makes it easier to memorize, and the rest of it is already so widespread that even the elderly in China a bit. English has become a part of the slang in many countries - this is what makes it easy, not because the language itself is easy. Also, most people throughout the world learn English as a second language from a young age, making it even easier to progress as they get older.

  • I'm always up for a bit of English bashing too (I agree with you on it being the "worst" language, but simply out of opinion and taste rather than listing grammar/vocab reasons). But I have to admit that natives of EVERY language I have come across boast their language as being the hardest to master.Having said that, you are right that a heap of people say English is easy but have no intentions of mastering it. Speaking "well" is good enough for them, and reaching that stage is slightly easier in English than in other languages (depending on your starting point). They don't seem to understand that English is one of the least pure languages (A Germanic language with a huge crush on French) and subtle changes in vocabulary are more common than in other (at least) European languages.Whenever someone brags to me about how easy English is I offer them €100 if they can read this poem to me first try with no mistakes:
    https://www.frivolity.com/te...
    Usually shuts them up :POn an unrelated note, add a Favicon to your site! It's the only tab in Firefox that's drawing a blank ;)

  • Mark Rosenfelder explains the regularities of English spelling here: https://zompist.com/spell.html

  • I don't know where you read that I said everything for me is easy, where did you find that? I Benny actually worded what I wanted to say better. The Fins think that they have the hardest language, the Chinese think they have the hardest language, the Hungarians think they have the hardest language, the French.. etc.

  • Interesting! The explanation is so long that it scrolls for several pages on my browser, yet only guarantees 85% correct pronunciation.

  • The omnipresence of English certainly helps it to be learned -- especially the dominances of English in popular film and music.However... since you referred to Glavkos's remark, I'll also draw attention to the fact that he's quite satisfied not speaking correctly. It strengthens my point: easy to learn, difficult to understand, nearly impossible to master.

  • I hear, see, and read foreigners all the time, talking about how easy English is. But they tend to say so in "broken" English.Sure, it's easy to learn basic communication in English. But I'm up every night on skype tutoring foreigners who speak English and are here as students, but can't understand their assignments. I talk every weekend to foreigners who have spent months or even years living in England or the US, but who still get confused when I ask "what's up?" or "how's it hangin?"English is indeed VERY difficult. Not because of any grammar or spelling rules. It's difficult because the language changes faster than you can learn it.So yeah, sure, everybody thinks they have the hardest language... good for them. But if this post helps to convince people that English is ridiculous and other languages are easier, maybe it will get them learning other languages. And since that's really the point of this site...

  • That's an excellent idea. I can spare a hundred quid for any foreigner who manages that poem. (Do you ever make them offer something in return, when they fail?)Good call on the favicon. I can't believe I've gone this long without thinking of that.

  • It is a very detailed analysis, yes. If you manage to scroll down to the section entitled 'So what's irregular?', there's a good analysis of the <10% of the sample vocabulary which is actually irregularly spelt (as opposed to the incorrect results due to the "stupidities of the program, not the language").Mark also gives the following caveat: "The worst offenders in the language are already included in the sample; a larger vocabulary would include a higher percentage of well-behaved spellings."It would probably be interesting to run his rules over a larger corpus.I think it would be fair to say that English spelling is mostly regular, and mostly strange. :)

  • Whether or not you consider Chinese writing an alphabet is beside the point. You are complaining that the English phonetic writing system misbehaves, but I would argue that a writing system which gives no phonetic help whatsoever can be worse than one which misbehaves.

  • https://www.fluentin3months...."I’m not in the business of discouraging people so if you are looking for some more discouragement, you’ve come to the wrong place!
    The term “hardest language” exists for no reason other than discouragement and it’s time for me to debunk this ridiculous concept and tell you that it is bullshit. Not dog poo, not hamster droppings; BULL SHIT."Slapping somebody with an intentionally difficult to pronounce poem because they actually have some confidence in their language learning abilities seems to me like discouragement. Wouldn't the "Benny" thing to do in this situation be to congratulate them on their efforts and then convince them to speak their native language with you to get more practice?

  • "I hear, see, and read foreigners all the time, talking about how easy [LanguageX] is. But they tend to say so in "broken" [LanguageX]."This is the rational that every native speaker of [LanguageX] has for believing that their language is the hardest.

  • You still haven't given a single example.

  • One can only assume that you're arguing a point of view that is either fictitious or else purely ideological, because you keep insisting that other languages have more complicated alphabets, phonemes, whatever, but you in spite of all your noise in here you have yet to provide a single example.

  • Yep, I always encourage people who need it. But some people are indeed simply arrogant.I've found that when I foolishly proclaim to Hungarians that Hungarian is actually "easy", it *never* wins me over any friends. It's better to feel confident in yourself and not tell natives that their language is simple, in any case (in this one English). If someone tells me English is too hard for them on the other hand, I'll bring out the list of reasons why it's piss-easy.A nice balance of confident enough to make progress, but not too arrogant to think that they have mastered the language is best. Most people reading my blog are still not confident enough so I will focus on giving them that confidence - my job isn't to tell natives that *their* language is easy - that serves no purpose.

  • I fail to see how I haven't given any examples. In my original post I gave examples of Italian prepositions that misbehave, and Chinese is a writing structure which gives no phonetical aid to someone trying to pronounce the words they read. The only example I did not give was for the "General nonsense" section, which is simply a list of idioms, which every language has.

  • I'll just use examples that you're familiar on major languages for why other languages are also hard. This is going on the basis of hearing foreigners' "broken" abilities.
    Asian: Tones... not impossible, but foreigners struggle and usually never master it.
    Ronance languages: How much experience do you have teaching Asians Spanish? Some can be really successful and do well if they're motivated (as with English), but most of them trip over this all of their lives.
    Slavic: Walk into your nearest Russian class or go to Russia and listen to foreigners (since you're already skilled in Russian) and see how case declension works for them. You may argue that classes are not the best way to learn, but that's how most learn English, explaining why they speak broken English.As for foreigners living in the foreign country: look at their living situation. Are they independent from their native language? Or are they immersed like Benny? If they have a spouse and a social group that speaks only their language, they'll likely always speak poorly. In America many Asians and Spanish speakers speak broken English, but how immersed are they?As for writing systems, Chinese, Japanese, Korean... People who speak (as foreigners) these languages say they need to review their characters every week because if not they'll forget. Hebrew and Arabic doesn't add in the vowels when written, so people just need to really know the words by the consonants. All of these languages take time for foreigners to learn to read, just like EnglishIn conclusion, I agree with Benny. No language is "harder" per se, but all languages take love and devotion, and most of all TIME. English is no different. Thanks to English I've had many great experiences, and it actually gave me the opportunity to read your articles and to have this very debate with you. Perhaps since you like adventure (gleaning this from your "bucket list"), you find English monotonous, but for others it can be a fun challenge with lots of rewards and opportunities.

  • Your argument was "Sure our phonics (fonics) may be a little wonky, but that's better than those languages whose alphabets are no phonetic help at all!"Since Chinese languages do not have alphabets, they are excluded from your remark. ("Those whose alphabets...")And your examples about Italian are not only not applicable to the argument, but also actually not all that confusing either.

  • Lets consolidate this discussion onto this thread. I stated earlier that whether or not you consider Chinese writing an alphabet is beside the point. You are complaining that the English phonetic writing system misbehaves, but I would argue that a writing system which gives no phonetic help whatsoever can be worse than one which misbehaves. Therefore Chinese is a valid example of a writing system which is less helpful than English with regards to pronunciation.How are my examples of Italian not applicable? As for not being confusing, there may be some foreign learners of English who do not find your examples all that confusing either.

  • Did you actually at one point tell any Hungarians their language was easy or was that a figurative example?

  • You've reworded your statement. If you're going to do that, it's a completely different discussion. If you want to have a different discussion, let's start it somewhere else.But when you refer languages whose alphabet is less helpful, you exclude Chinese because it has no alphabet to fit the stated description.

  • They're not applicable because any fool can see that the Italian writing system is more clear than that of English.

  • Any fool can see that whether to us "go" or "come" or whether "da" means "to" or "from" has nothing to do with the writing system, it has to do with grammar, as in the "Grammar" section of your article.It seems like you are hiding behind the alphabet semantic to avoid the argument that there are writing systems less helpful than English's for phonetics. While your article does specifically say "alphabet", using this to exclude Chinese and other languages with non phonetic writing systems is basically just saying that English has the least helpful writing system if we exclude writing systems which are worse.

  • And your confusion between IN and A is just a matter of point versus containing place. I still haven't thought of a good way to document this pattern, which is why I haven't written a post about it yet, but there IS a pattern. The closest thing I can say is, imagine a country as a map. If you're in that country, you're IN that map. If you're at a location within that map that could then be represented as an inset, or "sub-map" (city, town, market, etc) you are AT that place. Contrarywise, if you are in a location that could be represented by placing a pin in that map, you are IN that place. (Remember, of course, that a "market" can be bigger than a single location, and therefore, no matter how we think of the supermarket as english speakers, the word represents something bigger than a point.) Also, things can still be IN a place that you're AT. This is because "A" describe being at that general location, whereas "IN" specifies the importance of a being inside of it.Anyhow, I still want to work out a few details about how to correctly describe this system of representation, but it actually does seem to work. And it makes everything seem a lot less difficult and confusing.

  • As both I and Benny have said, each in our own ways, the point of posts like this (and indeed SITES like this) is to encourage people to learn new languages.If you go telling English-speakers that their language is the easiest, and everything else is hard, they're not going to be eager to learn, now, are they?Everyone thinks their language is hardest, and in my opinion... EVERYONE IS RIGHT! All languages have their difficult points. Of course none of them are impossible, because if one person speaks a language another person can too.

  • Dude.... I think it's time to stop picking fights. Seriously... what do you hope to gain from this?

  • If it makes you feel better, I think Chinese is a horrible writing system and whoever invented it should be slaughtered painfully. That still doesn't change the discussion any, but perhaps you'll feel more vindicated if I give you that?

  • Believe it or not, I believe there are somewhat predictable patterns in almost all aspects of all languages. It just takes a keen eye to spot them. But most people do things by you start making enemies if you talk about that... :)

  • Sorry this turned into a fight, just got caught up in the discussion, no intention to make enemies. I enjoy reading your posts at any rate.

  • No, I have actually told them that. It was a mistake on my part for being so bold (despite the many technical reasons I could give, and do so *in Hungarian*) and just turns them defensive. Of course I can only arrogantly say that when I look at reaching intermediate stage, as most people do when they dismiss English as easy. Anyone looking at a language so superficially will very likely not be drawing the right conclusions.This whole "worst" or "hardest" language thing is an ego-trip for natives, so it's better not to attack people's ego unless for a good reason. I will always argue with someone claiming a language is too hard, but discourage the same people from saying it's too easy. I prefer to remain in the Goldilock's zone ;)Getting a language off the "hardest in the world" pedestal is crucial for the learner's confidence. Telling natives their language is very simple (in any situation) serves no purpose.I disagree with Randy that English is somehow harder to fully master than other languages (almost every language has subtleties that others don't have, and measuring hardness against one another is purely subjective), but I definitely agree with him that foreigners who see the simple verb conjugation and decide English is easy and tell natives this in broken English are not doing themselves any favours and not seeing the whole picture.When they do this, I will subject them to my poem ;) Positivity is crucial in learning a language, but arrogance is best kept to yourself.

  • I’m reading quite the in-depth conversation/confrontation below, which I’m not going to comment on. I just wanted to add that it’s not only the “e” that can become a schwa. In my name, Jacob, the “o” is a schwa. For many students, this is a difficult concept to catch. But I did have one French student who didn’t even bat an eye at the schwa… maybe because in French sounds disappear and reappear all the time!I agree that English is difficult. I don’t know if it’s harder than other languages or not, but it is kind of broken and inconsistent. Your post has some great points on that note… and pretty funny examples. Thanks!

  • Yeah, actually all five vowels can, under various circumstances, become the "schwa". It's a mess.

  • True, every languages has its subtleties. And I'm not necessarily trying to make a case that English is the "hardest" language (I don't think I actually said those words anywhere in here, did I?).But in defense of my "nearly impossible to master" statement... I'm not aware of any other language that changes as fast as English. Of course this may be a more pronounced phenomenon in the US... I honestly don't know.

  • I don't put ANY language on a pedestal. For the same reasons I think foreigners are jumping to conclusions about English being simple, I think you are jumping to conclusions about the lack of complexity of other languages for the purposes of mastering them ;) I know you likely have much more in-depth knowledge about particular languages than I do, but still never as much as you do about English."Changes as fast as English" is just part of that ego thing I was talking about. Any language changes and imports vocabulary and whatnot. Without being an expert in both English *and* any given language, you are going to be biased in concluding which is harder.I am sure a Frenchman could chime in about how impossible French is to master (and they usually do), as would a Hungarian or a Thai or whoever. Frankly I don't care about someone saying their language is more complex to master than another one if they aren't bilingual. Even in that case they could have emotional bias for one over the other.Pride rather than fact is the reason to defend any language as more complex to master than others. I think this whole discussion is too subjective to mean much.I don't think you directly said anything about English being the hardest, but I see this whole post as being ridiculously easy to reproduce for ANY language, so any superlatives ("worst" etc.) are meaningless. I agree with you that English is the worst, but this is based on taste and a bit of mother-tongue pride rather than unbiased data.

  • Well, you're right about how easy this whole post is to produce for any language. It worked for Esperanto and it worked for English... and my traffic and comments soared both times. Which language do you suppose I'll use to stir the pot next? :)

  • French. You'll get a huge spike from Paris and thousands of people calling you an "imbecile"! French and English speakers are more alike than any others I've come across in illogical worship of their own languages.

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  • Just another "English makes no sense" post. These are everywhere...-Letters being silent are historical, as are c and ph (from greek /pʰ/ -> /f/).-When something "adds up" it is usually positive numbers, so the numbers are going "up" (though this could be for another reason.-I don't understand what you're saying. The sun is singular therefore it gets singular 3rd person conjugation: to go -> goes, to come -> comes. Prices is plural because the saying is referring to all prices, not THE price. Therefore it's plural conjugation: to go -> go, to come -> come.-I don't understand again, a hot water heater heats water. -Er is something that does something..."nobody else is trying to heat their hot water", what?-"Hang on" is an idiom...all languages have little sayings that mean something that aren't literal. Oh, and of course "watch" is meaning "to look after" not physically look at...-"nearly impossible to master"; what is "master"? I'm sure by most definitions it will exclude the millions who can speak English fluently (even many Americans say that we some how speak "messed-up" English and the British speak "proper English").

  • Replying to anything with "just another ___ post" is dismissive with the intention to insult. And while I'm big enough to not be insulted, I think it's fair to take your attempt as a license for me to be an asshole to you.You probably thought that you were dispelling an internet spam or something, based on your response. But you actually only succeeded in making yourself look bad. Or stupid. I'm not sure which.Explaining 3rd person conjugations as a response to why one thing "goes then comes" while another thing "comes then goes" means you have completely missed the entire point the very thing you're trying to explain to me. Idiot.Again, with the "hot water heater" comment, you've completely missed the mark. If the water is already hot, why are you heating it? Seriously, your dismissive reply only makes you look like a moron right now.And finally, with regard to English being impossible to master, it's clear that YOU, asshole, are still a long way off from that, and I think you'd do well to stop commenting on a language that you obviously don't understand.

  • That's why pinyin was invented. That doesn't misbehave and all (maybe) foreigners use it to learn pronunciation of Chinese. For foreigners of Chinese, that IS the Chinese (phonetic) alphabet.

  • From a practical point of view English is easier to learn than many other languages, for the reason that it is heard and read almost everywhere. It is true that foreigners still make mistakes, but it is very, very hard to use any foreign language without mistakes.Personally I find Russian much harder than English, and I have devoted much time to both languages. Its the grammar.When it comes to pronounciation, Danish is exceedingly hard. It has been established that Danish children learn to speak later than Swedish children, because many of the sounds have been reduced to glottal stops and vowels in the back of the mouth.Chinese is very hard as dictionaries are of little help. I read that students in Chinese need much more time to read a newspaper than students in most other languages.Anyway, thanks for the post, which I found humorous!

  • >I think it's fair to take your attempt as a license for me to be an asshole to you.As if you actually think you need one. There is no "license" to be an asshole; you either are one or you are not. And for someone who is "big enough not to be insulted," you are spitting out petty jabs left and right. Not very professional or "big," the way I see it.As for your original post, you've pointed out all of the things that I love about the English language. In situations where we have no denotational wording conventions, our society has come up with idiomatic euphemisms whose implications match what we are trying to convey. Unlike the French, we do not shy away from making our language fit our conversational needs. The beauty of these idioms is that understanding where they come from adds insight into their original context and makes them colorful and vibrant even in current use. And yes, our letters change sounds in many words, but this is due to acquiring words from all sorts of different languages. It takes only a bit of practice to remember the varied spellings and I believe it makes our language rich, if only a bit unwieldy.

  • You have some rather faulty logic.

  • Nice retort--it displays a quality of thought and a freshness of word choice. I like your style.

  • Thanks.I don't really like yours, though. You "reddit" people just come here to troll, and it's not appreciated.

  • I'm not here to "troll" anyone. I offered displeasure at your namecalling, and then wrote my own take on the subject.

  • I would at least respect you if you would be honest about what you are. But the fact that you deny it makes it even more despicable.Yes, you are here trolling. I found your reddit thread, and I saw your comments there. Everyone else is offering their opinions of the material. And whether I agree with them or not, that's what it's about. But you made a big show about judging me as a person, and about trolling me. You even said "I sure hope he responds!"Yes. You are a troll. And that says a lot about what kind of person you are. But what says more about you is the fact that you wouldn't even admit to it. That makes you the worst kind of troll: you're just an empty person looking for attention, trying to get it by being an asshole to other people.Did you notice there were no laughs on there in response to your trolling?I have been writing this blog for nearly a year now, and I've got hundreds of posts, with wonderful, constructive discussions. I get emails from people all the time, telling me how happy they are to have found my blog, because it helped them in some way. And then there are the handful of posts that end up on reddit, which always have a bunch of garbage in the comments, thanks to trolls like you.Wake up, man. Try doing something constructive with your life. Maybe if you spent less time looking for attention being an asshole to people and spent more time offering something of real value to people, maybe you would get that attention you're looking for and you wouldn't feel so empty.This discussion is done. If you reply, I will blacklist you from commenting here. Keep your games on reddit.Otherwise, if you're ready to grow up and start acting like a respectable human being, you can email me and I'll offer you any advice I can. Either way, my life is quite rich and happy, largely as a result of giving value to people by way of my web site, and your negativity isn't going to ruin my day.Take care, and best wishes.

  • Yes, let's move this to a private setting. I don't want to see your comments section clogged with a personal dispute.

  • Too many omophones!!That's the problem.German for example has no such thing.I always though that a germanic language should be international,not this mongrel latin-german-french etc language that is english.

  • I disagree about the lack of homophones in German.
    But I agree with your sentiments about the Frankenstein of a language that is English.

  • The "varied spellings" make it "rich"? But isn't the *entire point* of an alphabet that graphemes represent phonemes? If you're going to make the writing not map accurately to the pronunciation, why not just admit that what you've got is really a syllabary?
    In fact, I might venture so far as to say that while you can write out the set of all letters for English (uh, ignoring the ones that aren't used much any more, sorry ö and æ), it's no more useful than writing out the set of all kanji radicals (for example), because on their own they have neither meaning nor pronunciation. It's only in very specific combinations that either meaning or pronunciation can be determined.
    We teach the English alphabet in kindergarten as if knowing, say, how to write the letter "G" in 1 or 2 ways (cases!) and say 1 or 2 sounds for it (hard and soft) constitutes 'knowing' that letter. But then we spend 12 more years in school teaching actual words (and, directly or indirectly, syllables), and their associated pronunciations, which very often (as pointed out in this amusing blog post) don't have anything at all to do with the readings learned in kindergarten.
    English, for we actually use it, seems far more logosyllabic than alphabetic. You say it takes "only a bit of practice" but in my experience it takes at least 12-13 years of study, including a bit of Latin and ancient Greek, and most people still have trouble with it (have you *seen* people trying to spell on the internet recently?).
    As an official and voting member of The Committee, I think English is highly overqualified for this nomination to the title of Worst Language Ever! Welcome!

  • Agreed!

  • Try to learn portuguese...

  • I don't TRY to learn any language.

  • I agree. English is just full of inconsistencies - both grammatical and in pronunciation. My favourite example is this: the ending "ough".Enough - Here "ough" sounds like "uff"
    Through - "oo"
    Though - "oh"
    Cough - "off"What makes all these examples so different? I have no idea.And English has so many irregular verbs! The verb is "to take", right? So why not "taked"? I know, I know, it's an irregular verb, but there are so many! In fact, on the verbix.com site for English, eight out of the top ten verbs there have some sort of inconsistency, usually in the past tense.On top of that, English verbs have no "ar", "er and "ir" verbs or anything of the like. They cannot be easily sorted.Anyway, with that little rant done, very nice blog you've got here! I just found it yesterday, keep up the good work!

  • Thanks!

  • That seems increadbly harsh. Sure he was not granting you praise but if you are putting stuff out to the masses on the internet then you are expected to have some debate about what you're writing. Ironically you accuse him of trying to insult you but in turn you call him ''idiot'', ''asshole'', and say ''you actually only succeeded in making yourself look bad. Or stupid''.
    I've got to say you lack a serious amount of integrity.

  • Right. Because it's not the classless hoardes on the Internet who lack integrity... it's the guy standing up for himself. Whatever. If words like "idiot" and "asshole" bother you, you're in the wrong fucking place.Fortunately, I dont need your approval. Most of my readers tell me its my personality that keeps them coming back.

  • How can I cite you for an essay? :) 

  • In english you cannot convert present perfect continuous or past perfect continuous or future continuous to passive voice.

  • When you want to know English, and don't want to learn English, there's English lite:
    Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the Solomon Islands Pidgin!
    https://wol.jw.org/pis/wol/h...
    Case in point, Acts 1:1-11:1 Dear The·oph′i·lus, long firstfala story wea mi raetem kam, mi storyim evri samting wea Jesus duim and teachim 2 go
    kasem day wea God tekem hem go ap long heven. Hem go ap bihaen hem
    talem olketa aposol wea hem chusim, samting wea hem laekem olketa for
    duim. Holy spirit leadim hem for duim diswan. 3 Insaed
    foti day bihaen Jesus safa and dae, plande taem nao hem kam long olketa
    aposol bilong hem, and hao hem kam long olketa nao pruvim hem laef bak.
    Hem storyim long olketa tu plande samting abaotem Kingdom bilong God. 4 Wanfala
    taem wea hem hipap witim olketa hem sei: “Iufala no lusim Jerusalem,
    bat iufala weitim samting wea Dadi promisim long iufala, and wea mi
    storyim long iufala, 5 bikos John baptaesim pipol long wata, bat klosap nao bae iufala baptaes long holy spirit.”6 Narataem wea olketa hipap, olketa askem hem: “Hao Lord, distaem nao bae iu mekem rul bilong God kamap moa long Israel?” 7 Hem
    sei long olketa: “Dadi long heven nomoa garem paoa for markem taem for
    olketa samting wea bae happen and iufala no need for savve long olketa
    taem hia. 8 Bat taem iufala kasem holy spirit*
    datwan bae strongim iufala, and iufala bae talem pipol abaotem mi long
    Jerusalem, long evri ples long Ju·de′a and long Sa·mar′i·a, and long
    evri farawe ples long earth.” 9 Bihaen
    hem talem olketa samting hia, olketa lukim hem go ap long skae. Gogo,
    hem lus insaed cloud and olketa no savve lukim hem nao. 10 Taem olketa gohed lukluk long skae bihaenem hem, seknomoa, tufala man wea werem white kaleko standap witim olketa 11 and
    sei: “Olketa man bilong Gal′i·lee, hao nao iufala lukluk go long skae
    olsem? Disfala man Jesus wea God tekem hem go ap long skae bae hem kam
    bak long sem wei tu olsem hao iufala lukim hem go ap long skae.”

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