English on the Internet - English Magazine


March 31, 2000

The English language is the hardest language in the world to learn for several reasons. I will attempt to explain these reasons in this article.

First is that several words have the same meaning; Examples: pair-two people or a couple also pear which is a fruit. Example: juice-something you drink (slang) meaning being high on drink or drugs, Example: dope-this could mean a drug or a stupid person. Example: bitch-a feamle dog (slang) to describe a difficult problem or to insult a woman. Example: liberty-freedom can also mean a military pass. Example: fair-an amusement event can also mean light skin or not really a great thing. Example: cream-off of milk used in food can also mean a facial or body cream.

If this hasn't throughly confused you then your need to consider that each region has its own definitions as well. In some sections if you ask for a soda you will get a soft drink in other regions you will receive baking soda. If you ask for pop you can get a soft drink, a type of music, a type of art, a loud noise or (popped) punched in the nose depending on the region you are in. If you want transport be careful what you ask for because in some places a car is also an automobile. A subway can be the tunnel or underground depending once again on the area.

The English language is not only confusing to foreign people wishing to learn it but for travelers within the US itself. That is why most people who are traveling into the East, West, North, or South pick up a dictionary of terms for that area.

So if you are having problems with the English language pick up an English dictionary. The dictionary usually contains all definitions of the word according to each region because it is sold in every region in the US.

by Jane Custer - USA, has a BS in Communications and loves writing

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