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Albertjoe

English is a global language. It has more advantages over other languages. It is more easy to study, understand and speak than that of other languages. If you know English then you can surely stand your head anywhere.
That's not true. English is easy to Start with, but hard to master.

There are certain Words that are borrowed from other languages, but actually don't make any sense at all.

Example?
- So why is there no Ham in a Hamburger?
- If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
- “Overlook” and “oversee” have opposite meanings, while “look” and “see” mean the same thing.

and to close an instant classic:
- If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Therefore it is only local that a lot non-nativ (inclusive myself btw) and even a few native (take some slang) stick to something that i would call "Simplified English". So some language that anyone understands, but the Queen in England would probably drop dead if she ever hears it.

Oh and to fill the Picture. English is the global language because of the USA. Before that, French was the global language - and none could say that that's easy.

BuffaloBill Wrote:
Example?
- So why is there no Ham in a Hamburger?


Hamburgers are actually named after the city in Germany, the citizens of which supposedly introduced Hamburgers to the Americans Smile . But Bill’s right, there are lots of tricks, traps and deviations from the “rules” in the English language that make it difficult to learn.

BuffaloBill Wrote:
Therefore it is only local that a lot non-nativ (inclusive myself btw) and even a few native (take some slang) stick to something that I would call “Simplified English”. So some language that anyone understands, but the Queen in England would probably drop dead if she ever hears it.


I’m Australian, and I just remember going to a school in Munich where some of the students scored better in the English exam than I did Lachweg
It just goes to show that even native-speakers aren’t perfect (and I’ve always considered myself good at English).

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