The Challenges of Learning English

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We will begin with a box and the plural is boxes;

But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.

Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese;

Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice.

But the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,

Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or bovine.

But the plural of vows not vine.

And I speak of a foot, and show me your feet,

But I give you a boot–should a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,

Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be beeth?

If the singular is this and the plural is these,

Should the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese?

Then one may be that and three may be those,

Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,

But though we say mother, we never say methren.

The masculine pronouns are he, his and him

But imagine the feminine she, shis and shim!

So our English I think by now you will agree

Is the trickiest language you ever did see.



I found those paragraphs on the back cover of the book title ‘Primary English Guide 6′ this was the book for six grade student, hahaha.

 Actually, I realized that English is not easy since I was in junior high. I did not want to blame my teacher and their method to deliver this subject to me. Probably, it could be my mistake since I was not clever enough to understand the subject.

Because of this difficulty, English never became my favorite subject, I followed the lesson just because I need to, not because I like to. Perhaps, this was the argument behind my bad foundation in English.

In addition, I also would like to express my quandary about English itself. It was the trickiest language I ever knew, it’s just like what the paragraphs first has stated in the last sentence. It has rule to form one sentence, but the same rule could not apply in another sentence for one reason or another.

During my lifetime, I have English lesson only for about 7 years. It was equal to the student in grade seven, was not it?

The duration of my understanding in English made my language sounds like a child. I was using the same structure again and again, even I was playing with repetition when use the same word continuously. I realized that I did not have enough asset of vocabulary, enough set of structures, and only little knowledge about tenses and grammar. I did not have all of materials that will support me to make a good construction in English.

What should I do then?

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