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11 reasons why the English language is difficult to learn

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 12: 
  The English language
  has a lot of weird spelling,
    grammar,
    and pronunciation
    rules.
  
  Words that sound and are spelled the same can have two
  different or even opposite meanings.
  
  Tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always work.
  
  
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  Even if you grew up speaking English, chances are you haven't
  mastered all of its spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules.
  Oftentimes, English breaks its own "rules" anyway.

  Words that look the same can be pronounced differently, and words
  that sounds the same can be spelled differently. Some letters are
  silent altogether. And tricks like "I before E except after C"
  don't always apply.

  Here are 11 anomalies of the English language that make it
  difficult to learn.

Even if you grew up speaking English, chances are you haven't mastered all of its spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules. Oftentimes, English breaks its own "rules" anyway.

Words that look the same can be pronounced differently, and words that sounds the same can be spelled differently. Some letters are silent altogether. And tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always apply.

Here are 11 anomalies of the English language that make it difficult to learn.

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