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ESL Students Reveal The Most Confusing Things About Learning English

Learning a second language as an adult is never easy, but learning English is especially confusing. Most English speaking people are not even sure about proper grammar half of the time. It is one of the most awkward languages in the world, take it from ESL learners.

jackandsomefrogs asks:

People who speak English as a second language, what is the most annoying thing about the English language?

When you sound like a cartoon character

Whoever invented the word 'rural' is a horrible person. Whenever I try to pronounce this word I sound like scooby-doo.

How long will it take?

Hour and a half

Two and a half hours

I usually slip and say "Two hours and a half" because it's the structure I'd use in Spanish.

They are the same, but different?

Same combinations of vowels being pronounced differently.

On and in have big differences

Why am I "on" the bus when I'm actually inside the bus, and why am I "in the car" and not "on the car" then? I walked through a door and sat down inside in both cases, so why is one "on" and one "in"? It makes no f***ing sense.

Just these specific letters

Most words with a "t", "h" or "r" together [through and tight, for example] are really hard for me to pronounce, and I usually mess up on the writing as well

Be careful where you look

Phrasal verbs. All of the permutations and combinations of using a verb with prepositions afterwards can be mind-bending. For example:

1) Look down

2) Look up

3) Look down on

4) Look up to

5) Look after

6) Look through

7) Look into

8) Look for

9) Look over

10) Look over at, etc.

This can be mind bending

Pronouncing words that end in 'ough'. Cough, bough, rough, dough, through, though....

sometimes minimalism is not always convenient

Too many words sounds the same but means different things.

The same word can mean different things.

are y'all sure about that?

It blows my mind that English has no plural for "you"

English sounds terrible

When my (non-English-speaking) boyfriend imitates us, he always makes this "RrRrRrRrRr" sound like he's grinding his teeth and talking from his throat. There are languages that are pleasant to listen to even if you don't speak them, but his impression of English speakers is grating.

Can anyone explain this!?

What about Kansas and Arkansas. I am confusion!

Tenses are important

Native English speaker here, but a lot of my students really struggle with tenses - FORMING tenses in English is easy, but using them correctly is difficult, even for quite advanced students.

The only accents we get are twang and British

It still annoys me that there's basically no rule for where to put the stress in a word.

Is it happening or did it already happen?

English is my only language and I'm still pissed over read and read.

Did it sound of did it turn off?

I've lived in America for 3 years and I had English in school but I still don't get how to correctly use "a" and "the" and why would alarm go off? Shouldn't it go on because doesn't off mean to turn something off? It just confuses me.

Native English speakers still can't get it correct

Native speakers writing 'your' instead of 'you're' and 'then' instead of 'than'

How do you ever learn!?

Talk up Check in Check out

They'd be ok if they made sense, but why do

I got up with my wife this morning

And

I got down with my wife this morning

Mean such completely different things? No pattern at all! How do you ever learn them?

Spellings!

Ocurring

Occuring

Occurring

The numbers!

I usually get the numbers wrong in my own language because of English. In Dutch you say zevenendertig (37) which would directly translate to seven-thirty, while in English you say the thirthy-seven leading to me often writing down the wrong number when told in Dutch where I would write down 73 when someone says zevenendertig.

Game set and match...I mean really

Wednesday

Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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