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English is a Difficult Language

English is a difficult language. For each spelling rule, there is an exception, such as “i” before “e” except after “c.” Yes, “pie” follows the rule. However, “height” does not.

English also has many silent letters. For example, the “gh” in “through.” English also has a long history which has contributed to these silent letters. For example, the word “knight” has a silent “k” in modern English. In Old English, you did pronounce the “k” and the word sounded more like “kneht.”

English has borrowed words from other languages, such as the French word “chic.” If we followed English pronunciation rules, we would say, “chick,” which is incorrect.

Even if you are a native speaker of English, you can still spend a lifetime learning the language. New words and expressions are always being created and grammar rules are always being updated to current usage.

What is an English slang term you just learned? How about new jargon in your field or industry? Comment below!

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