People who are learning English as a second language will often tell you that it’s not exactly easy. There are a lot of things about English that just don’t make sense at all, especially when you’ve grown up speaking something else.
However, the same can be said for other languages… it’s just really fun to make fun of English since it’s still globally a very powerful language.
One person recently took to Tumblr to offer up a quick defense of English. It’s a great thing to keep in your back pocket if you feel like you might ever need it.
For starters, there are a few things about English that actually make it kind of easy. Take tone, for example: unlike Cantonese, the meaning of words in English don’t change based on how you say them.
English also doesn’t concern itself with whether or not “they” is male or female, unlike Spanish and French.
As someone who has been trying to learn both for years, I can confirm that this can be mighty confusing.
And unlike Arabic, English doesn’t have a separate tense for speaking to two people at the same time.
While the tone of this post is harsh, the person manages to get their point across: English is just as tricky as any other language, but possibly not any more so.
Of course, people had a lot to say about all of this. Mostly, they were surprised that the original poster didn’t really explain just how confusing some languages can be.
They also shared more details about other languages not mentioned.
And, of course, the word y’all somehow made it into the conversation.
What do you think of this person’s thoughts? Have you ever tried to learn another language?
Let us know how it went in the comments!