We’ve all been there and heard it – “Why are these two words spelled the same but sound different?” or “Why do I need a comma there? You might have answered, “Because you don’t want to eat your mom; it’s “I want to eat, mom.””
I came across this humorous article appropriately titled 10+ Hilarious Reasons Why The English Language Is The Worst
I’m not sure about it being the worst, but English is definitely a challenging language to learn. This sounds like an oxymoron but it’s true – the English language is easy to learn but hard to master.
If you disagree with me on this, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The article mentioned above may be lighthearted in nature, but it’s an eye opener in that it highlights every English language learner’s struggles when learning, and what most (if not all) instructors have to deal with and prepare for when delivering their lessons.
Which one of the many points in the article do you and/ or your students relate to?
I’d imagine quite a few of them! However, these frustrations can be used to our advantage as teachers. This would be a fun topic to discuss with your advanced learners. You could take up one of the ten reasons each week for ten weeks. It may give the class a few laughs and maybe even put their minds at ease. They’ll appreciate that it isn’t just them, and that others, even proficient speakers, notice these English quirks.
How frustrating is it to learn something only to find out that it’s not used the way it’s meant to, or that the simple misplacement of a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence? Even native speakers have trouble with commas – ask my husband.
So, next time you feel frustrated that your students aren’t grasping certain lessons, remember this article and smile. It’s hard enough being an ESL teacher, but it’s a heck of a lot tougher being on the receiving end – especially when we consider all of those little quirks. Give yourself and your students a break… maybe throw a few idioms on the board and laugh together. 😉
Hope you enjoy the read!
Can you relate to any of the points shared in the above link/article? Which one(s) jump(s) at you and why? How do you think your learners relate?