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Episode 12

Carolina goes to the river and goes on a rowing boat with Jamie. Adam and Jo talk about difficult aspects of English such as homographs and homophones.

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Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – what's difficult for you in English?
  • Do you agree with Carolina that English spelling and pronunciation 'is impossible!'?
  • And what's easy for you? Do you agree with Jo's students when they say that verbs are easy but prepositions are horrible?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hello. I think, more difficult aspects in English are pronunciation of "th" in different situations. For example in word "they" and "think". These sounds don't exist in some languages' speech. That's why it can be a bit difficult pronounce them.

come ooooon Carolina, I think English is one of the easiest languages. If it was not then it would not be a global language.

when will i get the result?

Hello Vikash,

I'm afraid I don't understand which result you mean. Could you please explain?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

As for my learning English I have the most difficulty with using prepositions.

Same spelling,same pronunciation,but different meaning. Is it homonyms? In Chinese we have some of them as well. For instances, there is this character '行'(in Chinese ) which could means 'walk 'or 'travel', and can also means 'ok 'or 'can' or 'able to do something'. And they all pronounced as "xing" or somewhat like "sin" in English. What's more, if we pronounce it as " hang" like "hung" in English , then it gonna means " level line " (opposite to vertical line) in English. Haha. I hope you guys can understand all of it. Language is complicated. But it is all about situation where you use it.

Hello Chickenteriyaki,

Yes, that's right, homonyms are words that are spelt and pronounced the same way, but which mean different things. If you want to know more, there's a lot of information on homonyms in the wikipedia.

By the way, many of my students have the same complaints as Carolina, but what they don't realise (and which you do) is that their languages also have lots of homonyms!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Adam burst into laughter when he reads my username. Hooray !

Hello,

Yes, I thought it was a very funny - and tasty - name!

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

when will next episode be published ?

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