How English became such a tricky language to learn

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Add to Calendar 2019-11-06 11:00:00 2019-11-06 11:00:00 How English became such a tricky language to learn English is sometimes said to be unusually hard, with inconsistent spelling, difficult pronunciation, confusing phrasal verbs and other features frequently cited as reasons. It is also sometimes called unusually simple, lacking grammatical gender, declension of nouns, complicated conjugations and other problems for learners. I will talk about the way some of English's unusual properties emerged in history. I will look at the processes of change in sound, vocabulary and grammar as a result of conquest from abroad and systematic shift from within; this perspective will give teachers a new way to understand (and perhaps also teach) English's peculiarities. Location ELT events noreply@eltevents.com Australia/Sydney public
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English is sometimes said to be unusually hard, with inconsistent spelling, difficult pronunciation, confusing phrasal verbs and other features frequently cited as reasons. It is also sometimes called unusually simple, lacking grammatical gender, declension of nouns, complicated conjugations and other problems for learners. I will talk about the way some of English's unusual properties emerged in history. I will look at the processes of change in sound, vocabulary and grammar as a result of conquest from abroad and systematic shift from within; this perspective will give teachers a new way to understand (and perhaps also teach) English's peculiarities.