The English language annoys me sometimes

January 14, 2015

Living in a tiny European country with an official language of merely 2 million speakers,  English is not my first language. Most o...


Living in a tiny European country with an official language of merely 2 million speakers, English is not my first language. Most of the time I speak English pretty well - I have been learning it since I was 5 - but there's still a lot that I don't understand. Although, as a disclaimer, let me just tell you that Slovene is equally nonsensical. So here's some things that bother me:

plural
Plural in English is illogical.
The plural of goose is geese, but the plural of moose is mooses (I don't know, it makes sense to me that it would be meese). Same goes for mouse (- mice) and house (- houses). I would guess hice. Words would be a lot more fun if everything was conjugated by the same pattern.

everything that sounds the same is written differently
Let's just look at these five words: said, bread, bed, friend, guest, many.
Can you hear the /ɛ/? Yep, sounds the same, but it's written with different letters in each word.
Also, aisle and isle is literally pronounced the same, but stick another letter there and BAM! Different word.

nothing rhymes the way it should
When I first saw Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, I thought Tomb was a name like Tom, but with a silent b. In seventh grade, however, my English teacher totally blew my mind with saying how it's actually pronounced (and what it means). Anyway, tomb and comb seem like they should rhyme, but they don't.

there's so many silent letters
Receipt, debt, island - why would you waste so much ink with useless letters?
It's like "Hi, my name is Xjxexrxnxexjxax, but all the x-s are silent."

illogical words
Hamburger doesn't have ham in it, people recite at plays, but play at recitals. A pineapple doesn't have an apple inside of it, and Quicksand actually works really slowly.

comfortable - comfortably
This one probably annoys me the most. I don't know about you, but I can't pronounce it.
I know how to say comfort, so I just say comfort-*and-then-really-quickly*-able and everyone just looks at me like I'm an idiot.
If English isn't your mother tongue, which words/phrases/grammar rules annoy you? 

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