Asked • 09/11/19

Why do English spelling and pronunciation make no sense?

As a non-native (second language) learner, I find English pronunciation so very difficult.

Also, learning to spell - well, it seems like there are no rules.

I am very frustrated. Why does English make no sense?

Barbara S.

English has spelling rules with lots of exceptions. The reasons: 1. English is a jargon composed mainly of Germanic roots, Latin and Greek, with a smattering of Hebrew, African, Yiddish, Indian, Native American words, etc. 2. Various dictionaries spell differently, most notably dictionaries originating in Great Britain verses American dictionaries that arbitrarily add or subtract vowels in words like color/colour, etc.


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