English Grammar – Harder Than Other Languages?

There is some debate over whether or not English is harder to learn than other languages. Learning is a life-long processIt seems to be more of a subjective concept with some people. For instance, if you talk to someone who¬†has learned another language in addition to being fluent in English, they will often maintain that English is much easier to learn. However, is it subjective or is it a fact that English grammar, in particular, is harder to learn? Let’s take a look at what the experts have to say about English grammar and how difficult it is to learn in comparison to what you may experience with other languages today.


Overview Of English Grammar


English is what is called a Germanic language, though it is very different from other such languages including Swedish, Danish or German. There is some overlapping with French, and people who have learned Spanish are also likely to see similar words being used. Regardless of where it originated, those that teach English will tend to agree that verb conjugation is much easier in English. For example, a similar French verb could have as many as 50 different endings, whereas English would only have four. Irregular verbs are also easier in comparison to a language like Spanish, and the same is true with verbs and nouns. When writing English, the same is also true with most languages being much harder to write out in comparison to the modern day English language.



Where Is English More Difficult Grammatically?


So many languages, so little time!
Many languages share common roots and grammar structures

There is one area of agreement where the English language is most certainly more difficult when it comes to grammar and that is in regards to vocabulary. There are many more synonyms that are used in the English language, and some words can be used for multiple meanings. An example of this would be the word “can”, which can represent a physical object or a verb, and there are many similar examples of words in English that are not always what they seem to be unless looked at from the context of the sentence that it is used in. It is because of needing context to understand what some words mean that English can seem very difficult to comprehend. It is due to this complexity, however, that very exact descriptions can be articulated both verbally and in written form in a much shorter phrase or sentence because of the many different meanings that can be attributed to certain words.

Overall, it seems to be the general consensus that English is one of the easiest languages to learn, yet it may also provide the most confusion because of the multiple meanings that words may have. That being said, it is always good to take your time learning any language, and if you are lucky enough to know two or more different languages, they will serve as a foundation to understand additional ones, with English being a great foundational language for branching off into the different languages that you may learn because of its dual nature of being both complex and simplistic.

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