Category Archives: Why English is Difficult to Learn, and what to do about it

Introduction: Why Learning English is Difficult

1. WHY THE WORLD TODAY NEEDS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE A hundred years ago, there were numerous number systems in use in the world.  But with a vast increase in trade, the twentieth century saw a comprehensive movement of various nations around … Continue reading

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WILLIAMS EASY GRAMMAR

5a. THE NEED TO REFORM ENGLISH GRAMMAR Compared to many other languages, English grammar is fairly easy to learn. For example, English has only two inflected forms of each verb tense, compared to four to six forms in French and Spanish, … Continue reading

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Why English Spelling is Difficult

6. WHY ENGLISH SPELLING IS SO DIFFICULT Even more than the inconsistencies of English grammar, the characteristic of English that most holds it back from being an effective means of global communication is its chaotic spelling. English has more spelling inconsistencies … Continue reading

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WILLIAMS EASY SPELLING

WILLIAMS RESPELLING SYSTEM                          UPDATED     January 18, 2011 This respelling system is based on the 55 basic sounds of English. One letter consistently symbolizes one–and only one–sound. The lower case letter is used for the most common sound of that letter. … Continue reading

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How to Implement Easy English

HOW TO IMPLEMENT EASY ENGLISH IN THE 21st CENTURY When mechanical typewriters were first invented in the 188Os, the keys of vowels were arranged on the center row.  As typists gained skill, their rapid finger movements caused the center keys … Continue reading

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7. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE SPELLING

Given these multiple problems with spelling in English, there is a strong need to reform English spelling. The Williams Respelling System to be proposed here rests on seven principles: 1. SPELLING SHOULD REFLECT THE SPOKEN FORM RATHER THAN SPEAKING REFLECTING … Continue reading

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6. WHY ENGLISH SPELLING IS SO DIFFICULT

Even more than the inconsistencies of English grammar, the characteristic of English that most holds it back from being an effective means of global communication is its chaotic spelling. English has more spelling inconsistencies than practically any written language in … Continue reading

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