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Why English Is Not An Easy Language To Learn?

With about 380 million speakers, English is one of the most popular languages in the world. Most countries have it as their official language, and it becomes challenging for a person who has little or no knowledge in the language to communicate. Is it easy to learn English? It’s tempting to think that learning a language with a great number of speakers is a walk in the park, but this is not the case. You don’t need to be Martin Luther to know people find it difficult to grasp simple concepts. Most people, including the natives find it difficult to establish the difference between your and you’re. Just go to social media and you will find someone posting “you’re English is horrible”. Don’t be judgmental English can be awkward.

 

1. The English Variations.

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Now, this may not be an issue with the native speakers, but to people who use English as a second language it can be daunting to figure what’s right. There is the American English, Australian English the British version, and many other variations. They all have their key differences.

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Color – Colour
Eggplant – Aubergine

This can be problematic to a person trying to learn English.They don’t get why English can’t be the same. They feel pressured to learn all the variations, but it becomes hard for them to grasp it all.

2. The endless grammar rules.

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Everything in English seems to have a rule. Words have to be arranged in a particular order or system. You can’t always put a comma in written English where you would include it when speaking. The comma alone has more than 10 rules attached to it which, by the way, have exceptions. Not forgetting there are seven or more types of punctuation marks each having their own distinct rules. Why wouldn’t your head spin?

Wrong: We had an ill driver.

Right: Our driver was ill.

The example above illustrates how placing adjectives in the wrong order affects the sentence.

3. Stress.

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Not stress as in the emotional feeling, but the degree of emphasis you put in a syllable. This one can be confusing. You have two words written in the same way, but how you pronounce them can bring different meanings.

PREsent- stressing the first syllable (capitalized) means the word is a noun and so it means gift.

PreSENT- stressing the second syllable makes the word a verb, which means to offer.

4. What’s with the accents?

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You spend four years in college mastering an English course. You are feeling confident you got your groove on. You decide it’s time to go mingle with the natives and show your prowess. Only for you to spend hours trying to understand what they are saying. You are even tempted to think they are speaking French, but it’s English with well, a native accent.

5. You are still making mistakes.

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You have been working hard to be the English Guru your friends even consider you to be a grammar Nazi. You think you are perfect, but your boss will still complain you missed a comma, and you have dangling modifiers. Don’t beat yourself the language is not that easy.

If you are thinking of majoring in English, be prepared to face these challenges. You can overcome them, but with a lot of PRACTICE.

The End of College – Skills Needed to Land a Job

So you’re getting to that point where in a few months you’ll be graduating from college. You’re probably excited, you’ll get to wear the robes and walk up and receive that piece of paper that confirms you’ve spent years studying to get to this point. You’re probably scared too, as it means the frat parties and special brownies are coming to an end, sorry no more 12 hour marathons of Call of Duty for you.

Everyone in your position is freaking out a little on the inside, I mean now you have to be an adult and find a job. Also if you were like me and decided to get a degree in a liberal arts major, you’re probably even more scared about your prospects of finding a job. Fortunately, the more skills you have the more likely you are to find that job, and while you might not have gained any actually useful skills at college, you might be able to find some skills online.

 

Build typist skills

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Seems lame, but if you’re looking for a job in an administrative field, being able to type and type quickly is a good skill to have. Go online, and start taking typing tests, and keep doing it till you’re really awesome at it. Then, when you’re done go and take a real test to see what you words per minute are and throw the number on your resume.

Dress to Impress

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Wait, am I giving you tips on how to go to an interview or how to build skills to land a job? Well, both. You’ve spent about 13 years of your life as a student, and even if you thought you dressed well the fact is that a frat letters hoodie with cargo pants doesn’t look good. Unless you spent time in a fashion school, you probably don’t actually know the rules of style or etiquette, and these are important skills. It’s not just for the job interview, but in many positions you’re going to need to shmooze and impress people, so learning how to dress is a major first step.

Learn to speak properly

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Another “duh” sort of tip, but a lot of people just don’t know how to speak well. We speak like the guys on TV, or the guys we hung out with at the frat house. It’s not going to help you during an interview if you use words like dude, and if you have to slow yourself down so you can watch how you speak they’ll notice it.

Learn how to search for jobs

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So you think you have strong googlefu and can find anything you need on the internet. You might be right, but for most people jobs don’t magically appear on the screen. You need to know where to look and what sites will find you a job in your field. Do your research, find out which sites others recommend and start picking up job searching skills.

Learn to write resumes

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You put on a good show, you have a few “skills” from college and typing that you can list, and now you know where to look, but that isn’t going to land you a job automatically. At least in my college experience, my worker factory totally failed in that they never taught me how to write a resume, and something tells me this is true for a lot of schools. Your resume and cover letter are the first thing people see, and if they suck you aren’t getting a job. You need to learn how to write a resume so that you can attract the attentions of employers.

Computer Programming Skills

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IT seems like a pretty lucrative business to go into nowadays, what with everything revolving around technology. There are resources online, and you can learn how to become a computer master without going to school if you really put your energy into it. Afterward, you can even take licensing tests so you can really show off that you have those skills.

Learn Accounting

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Ok, accounting is just an example, but there are tons of websites that provide almost college level courses completely free. While you won’t get that piece of paper from them, you can go to these sites and learn some really useful job skills like writing, accounting or marketing.