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English must be difficult for non native speakers

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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby mteric » Wed 08.30.2006 1:35 pm

BUTTER is only pronounced budder by someone who does not use enunciation. some call it sloppy speaking.

alot of people let t become d as they get lazy when they speak.


Call me lazy then, because that's how I say it. ;)
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby zengargoyle » Wed 08.30.2006 1:48 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:

to answer here, it wasn't HOOKED on PHONICS in the 70's but it was phonics and phonetics. Hell, you could see phonics on Sesame Street and The Electric Company, both childrens shows that would explain how word sounds happened.. by sounding out each letter and then sounding out how the letters would sound when put together.. in the 80's a company put this together and the called it HOOKED ON PHONICS. this Hooked on Phonics was geared towards adults that were iliterate but later, it became obvious that the method taught to kids "WHOLE LANGUAGE" was failing and now Hooked On Phonics is being sold as a helpmeet to those kids that aren't getting the new fangled way of teaching..

My kids learn WHOLE LANGUAGE and when they come home, I have to unlearn it for them and then teach them properly.. I really makes me angry.

Basically Whole Language teaches a child to geuss at spelling from sounds and there are no "remarks" or " corrections" if the child misspells the word.. later, as they get older, they will learn to spell properly as they learn to use dictionaries.. (so riddle me this, how does a child who can't figure out the spelling and can't phoneticallysound things out determine where to look in a dictionary? honestly they can't and their scores show this time and time again)

anyways, you can see I am not to happy with the current way of teaching it, and am happy with phonics.. it worked for me dammit.


it was the 70's, by the 80's i was way into elementary school. ;) i had the Hooked on Phonics stuff quite a while before starting school. frankly i can't remember how they actually taught stuff in school, i went to private church schools untill 5th grade so i don't know what public schools were doing. i do remember learning from McGuffey's Reader...
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 08.30.2006 2:50 pm

i was in elementary school in the 70's they didn't have it where i was.. maybe i lived in a poorer area .. we didn't have any private school that i know of either.

and mcguffey's reader was awesome
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby zengargoyle » Wed 08.30.2006 3:04 pm

it wasn't in school, it was at home. maybe that's the confusion. :) and i was in the rural South Virginia/Tennessee area so there weren't really private schools either, more like 'Fundie Church School'. luckily i had a set of Encyclopedia Britanica to fill in the gaps.
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 08.30.2006 3:48 pm

well my kindergarten and first grade years were spent in a private school in newport news VA,..

but my elementary years were in Cheyenne Wyoming.
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby richvh » Wed 08.30.2006 4:06 pm

Well, I was taught phonics in public school. Of course, that was in the '60s.
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby zengargoyle » Wed 08.30.2006 8:08 pm

i didn't know that it "fell out of favor" until i happend to rent a room from a 'teacher of challenged children' (she worked for one of those 'send your troubled teen on a wagon train through the desert to teach them responsibility' things), she showed me here masters paper which was a tirade against teaching by phonics... i thought she was sorta looney because it worked well for me. i also spent a year at another church based school where the study was self-directed, no teachers, just workbooks for various subjects that you would go through and then take tests (which were self-graded). i finally went to public schools for 5th grade upwards, but it wasn't until 8th grade Geography and then high-school History and Literature classes that i ever learned something that i hadn't learned from books or Encyclopedias beforehand. from what i read, American education has gone downhill even further since then. :(
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby requemao » Wed 08.30.2006 8:41 pm

Dearest creature in creation,
Studying English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
It will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say - said, pay - paid, laid, but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Finally, which rhymes with enough --
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!


--- extracted from "The Chaos", by G.Nolst Trenité
http://paul.merton.ox.ac.uk/language/poem.html

Would you native English-speakers dare read it aloud? I might, but...
...do you think you'd get it right on your first try? I know I wouldn't.
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby chikara » Wed 08.30.2006 9:01 pm

requemao wrote:......
--- extracted from "The Chaos", by G.Nolst Trenité
http://paul.merton.ox.ac.uk/language/poem.html

Would you native English-speakers dare read it aloud? I might, but...
...do you think you'd get it right on your first try? I know I wouldn't.

That is written in English and I have no problem reading that aloud as I speak both English and オーストラリア弁.

American speakers may have problems though. :D

"enamour", "clangour" and "clamour" are the English spellings of these words. So not only does American have different pronunciation to English but it also has different spelling.
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RE: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby Tspoonami » Wed 08.30.2006 9:28 pm

requemao wrote:Would you native English-speakers dare read it aloud? I might, but...
...do you think you'd get it right on your first try? I know I wouldn't.

That is one of the coolest poems I have read... thanks for sharing it! And yes, I would read it aloud!

To me, reading English is like reading Kanji. If you notice, when you read English quickly, you end up taking in whole words at a time, rather than individual letters. This applies to basically every language where each sound/syllable is represented by one or two characters. Also, when one reads English words with different pronunciations for the same characters in different words, it ends up being the same as someone who reads the same kanji different ways in different context. The word itself will have a different pronunciation, even though it is written the same. The thing is, with Kanji, unless you have furigana, you can't take a guess at the pronunciation if you don't know the kanji. That is what makes reading Japanese hard, really...

I wonder where Tamil would rank on that language list... It's grammar structure is nearly identical to Japanese, and it has the same exact usage of conjugations... but I think it isn't as hard to learn to read and write [though it is more difficult than English].
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Re: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby e102ewan » Tue 07.06.2010 12:17 pm

It is difficult-compare it to French, with less than 100 irregular verbs, yet in English there are 620. Granted, the majority of irregular English verbs are only irregular in the past tense, however, on a scale this big it is really quite a lot. (Regular pattern is to add -ed onto the end of the infinitive verb).
With verbs like "to take" it becomes "took" in the past tense, but with verbs like "to be" it becomes "I was, you were" which is even more irregular. French verbs typically only have one past tense version too.

Also verbs like "can". Read carefully...
Present tense
I can
you can
he/she/it can
we can
they can
Past tense
I could have
you could have
he/she/it could have
we could have
they could have
Future tense
I will be able to
you will be able to
he/she/it will be able to
we will be able to
they will be able to

Now you should see my point.
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Re: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby NocturnalOcean » Sat 08.07.2010 8:34 am

Nice, a 4 years old necro post!
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Re: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby Zvono11 » Sat 03.19.2011 10:15 am

I don't think that English is an hard language to learn. So far I've learnt several languages, including English, and I think that English is the easiest one. Comparing to some other languages (that I can speak), I found English as much easier language. As an example German, which has extremely HARD grammar, or Spanish, which has a lot of irregular verbs, or my native language, Croatian, which is probably one of the hardest languages in Europe. I started learning English when I was only 4 years old, that was my mom's idea, and I've never had any problems with English grammar or vocabulary. I can assure you that English, comparing to Japanese, Spanish, German or Croatian,is the EASIEST one to learn.


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Re: English must be difficult for non native speakers

Postby Mets » Sun 01.01.2012 11:50 am

Zvono11 wrote:I don't think that English is an hard language to learn. So far I've learnt several languages, including English, and I think that English is the easiest one. Comparing to some other languages (that I can speak), I found English as much easier language. As an example German, which has extremely HARD grammar, or Spanish, which has a lot of irregular verbs, or my native language, Croatian, which is probably one of the hardest languages in Europe. I started learning English when I was only 4 years old, that was my mom's idea, and I've never had any problems with English grammar or vocabulary. I can assure you that English, comparing to Japanese, Spanish, German or Croatian,is the EASIEST one to learn.


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