The English language learning process doesn’t involve uplifting, inspirational and positive experiences entirely, and some students may grow to actually hate certain aspects of this process before actually mastering the language. This is not a particularity of the English language and is found in most second language acquisition efforts. So without further ado here are some of the most hated parts of the English learning process:

Grammar

No surprise here, in fact, grammar is one of the most hated aspects of any second language as it involves the most work to learn and the most rules that have to be followed. If you want to test the theory out simply find any English speakers, even native speakers for that matter and tell them to explain prepositional verbs. Once they obviously tell you they have no idea what you’re talking about, show them the definition give them an example and ask them if they can name a few or if native speakers would learn them in case they didn’t come automatically. You will find that most native speakers would prefer to be deaf and mute before having to go through that ordeal.

Pronunciation

This is a problematic complaint as some languages are similar enough to the English language that pronunciation is not that big of a deal. This doesn’t mean that with a few exceptions, most English words are simply impossible to pronounce. Germanic, Scandinavian and most Saxon language speakers will have no problem pronouncing even the most obscure of English words. In fact, if you’ve watched enough movies you will find that the German accent is quite cool, especially when it comes from a villain.

Slavic, Latin and Asian languages, however, have a much harder time when it comes to mastering pronunciation, yet exceptions can be found, particularly for students who studied the language at an early age.

Accents

Depending on what your definition of the English accent and dialect is you will find that there are well over 50 and according to some sources over 100 different accents across the world. The most popular are of course, British English, Australian English and American English, yet even if you consider these big 3 dialects and accents, students often have a lot of complaints when it comes to small differences in the way things are pronounced.

Outdated Idioms

All beginner students will start their English learning journey with the help of some idioms. While a lot of them are classics which are still quite relevant in today’s world, even more of them, depending on what textbook you learn from, are unusable. The really bad part when it comes to out of date idioms is that some of them are so passé that they can cause quite an embarrassing situation if used in the wrong context.

This is why it is so important to use your newly acquired skill and actually converse with a native speaker who can point out these outdated idioms and even suggest alternatives.

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