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Think English pronunciation is hard?

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This is a fun link, posted here for everyone who's ever been frustrated with the inconsistencies of English spelling.

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/talk-of-the-day/talk-of-the-day/2009/02/what-cities-and-towns-are-most-often-mispronounced/

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updated MAY 4, 2009
posted by Natasha

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English is a mess. That's what happens when you take 4 different languages, French, Latin, German and Celtic and mash them together. French and Latin work pretty well together, but the other two are completely different.

The only way to make sense of any of it is to understand the history of the language. Very interensting, if you like that sort of thing, but a bit much for most people.

updated MAY 4, 2009
posted by Kurt-Jaeger
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English isn't totally hard. Only a few words are hard to pronounce. If you're a native speaker it's really easy.

updated MAY 4, 2009
posted by Kai-Steel-Smith
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I agree smile

lazarus1907 said:

Tracy Frazier said:

One time he wrote a story about pirates and kept spelling "sea" as "see" it was kinda funny, but a little difficult to explain to a kindergartner why he was spelling it wrong.

Well, the problem is that there is not a good reason to explain why; it just is. Both words have exactly the same pronunciation, so using the same spelling only proves that he is using his brain. The only reason why the spelling is like that is because most speakers agree on spelling it like that, not because it is logical.

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updated FEB 21, 2009
posted by Tracy-Frazier
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Tracy Frazier said:

One time he wrote a story about pirates and kept spelling "sea" as "see" it was kinda funny, but a little difficult to explain to a kindergartner why he was spelling it wrong.

Well, the problem is that there is not a good reason to explain why; it just is. Both words have exactly the same pronunciation, so using the same spelling only proves that he is using his brain. The only reason why the spelling is like that is because most speakers agree on spelling it like that, not because it is logical.

updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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I think it's very hard for foreigners to learn our language, i never really thought about it until my son started school and i would often help him with his lessons. One time he wrote a story about pirates and kept spelling "sea" as "see" it was kinda funny, but a little difficult to explain to a kindergartner why he was spelling it wrong.

updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by Tracy-Frazier
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I meant the latter. grin

lazarus1907 said:

When you say pronunciation, do you mean "how to reproduce English sounds with your mouth", or "how to read written English aloud"? The former is quite hard if your native language is Spanish; the latter is almost impossible, no matter where you are from.

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updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by Natasha
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When you say pronunciation, do you mean "how to reproduce English sounds with your mouth", or "how to read written English aloud"? The former is quite hard if your native language is Spanish; the latter is almost impossible, no matter where you are from.

updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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It's always very difficult for me to pronounce cities or towns in English because some names are special.

Marco

updated FEB 20, 2009
posted by Marco-T
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