Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why the English Language Is Hard To Learn

Many of you have seen this before, but as I was working on my writing today, it struck me how crazy the english language can be - so I decided to share this list again 
Why the English Language Is Hard To Learn, can you read these sentences correctly?
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


  1. Very cute. I will have to share this with my son and his fiancé. They work daily with international students. One thing I have noticed is that english speakers tend to be wired to understand a phrase even when there are multiple mispronunciations and improper inflections used. On the other hand, their Chinese friends are completely stumped over the slightest inflection error used in their language. They find it difficult to make connections even with context. They have a humorous series of questions that illustrate the difference in east vs west thinking. I wish I could remember it but all I can recall is that it involves a chicken.

    1. Thanks, it is really interesting to observe the differences in how we react to and learn languages. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)