3 Reasons Why English Is Difficult To Pronounce

3 Reasons Why English Is Difficult To Pronounce

Why is English difficult to pronounce?

Why is English difficult to pronounce?

Why is English so difficult to pronounce?

There are many reasons for this!

American Enterprise Institute Magazine 

This article published in the American Enterprise Institute Magazineexplains 3 big reasons that English is difficult to pronounce.

1. English spelling and pronunciation are not well coordinated

There are more sounds than letters…and one letter can have a variety of sounds.

This is especially true when it comes to the 15 American English vowel sounds.

2. English doesn’t use accent marks or other symbols to denote stress

And stress is extremely important in spoken English.

That’s why I spend so much time making sure that my accent reduction clients understand the rules of syllable stress.

3. English is orthographically conservative

This simply means that when a word is borrowed into English (and we have lots of borrowed words), we often keep the spelling of the foreign word while adapting the pronunciation to the English sound structure.

Below is the article

This is an excellent article for those of you who want to understand why English is easy to learn, but difficult to pronounce.

English: The Inescapable Language

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