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摸摸 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago


It( English) is everywhere. Some 380 million people speak it as their first language and perhaps two-thirds as many again as their second. A billion are learning it, about a third of the world's population are in some sense exposed to it, and by 2050, it is predicted, half the world will be more or less proficient in it. It is the language of globalization-of international business, politics, and diplomacy. It is the language of computers and the Internet. You'll see it on posters in Coted'lvoire, you'll hear it in pop songs in Tokyo, you'll read it in official documents in Phnom Penh. Deutsche Welle broadcasts in it. Bjork, an lcelander, sings in it. French business schools teach in it. It is the medium of expression in cabinet meetings in Bolivia.

How come? Not because English is easy. True, genders are simple, since English relies on "it" as the pronoun for all inanimate nouns, reserving masculine for bona fide males and feminine for females ( and countries and ships). But the verbs tend to be irregular, the grammar bizarre, and the match between spelling and pronunciation a nightmare. English is now so widely spoken in so many places that umpteen versions have evolved, some so peculiar that even "native" speakers may have trouble understanding each other. But if only one version existed, that would present difficulties enough. Even everyday English is a language of subtlety, nuance, and complexity. John Simmons, a language consultant for Interbrand, likes to cite the word "set," and apparently simple word that takes on different meanings in a sporting, cooking, social, or mathematical context-and that is before any little words are combines with it. Then, as a verb, it becomes "set aside," "set up," "set down," "set in," "set on," "set about," "set against," and so on, terms that "leave even native speakers bewildered about [its] core meaning."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    People everywhere around the world are learning English as first or second language. English involves in many popular songs and cultures around the world and it is the most common language on the internet. Foreign people communicate with English because it’s the most useful language in the world

    It’s not because it’s an easy language to learn. There may be some part of English is easy, but most of them are tough. To say the least, if English do not have such a verity form, it still is hard to learn with those grammars and part of speech. Throughout the frequency and wide usage, English becomes more complicated. Perhaps the native speakers cannot understand some words that each other tries to say. The verity usages of set can be a typical example. Set can mean so many things under different kind of circumstances.

    2010-03-30 03:41:04 補充:

    Even native speakers wonder the meaning of words sometimes.

    Source(s): me
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