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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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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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5g. NEED TO MAKE NUMBERS CONSISTENT

CONSISTENCY IN NUMBERS The above changes are designed to make English as consistent as possible. This reform is especially needed for the words used for numbers, which are some of the most important words to learn in a language. Changes … Continue reading

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5f. NEED TO CHANGE ARTICLES / READING EXERCISES

ELIMINATE ARTICLES  A / AN / THE When talking about a specific object in English, an article precedes the name.  Whether to use “a” or “an,” and when to use “the” is a source of major confusion for learners of … Continue reading

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5e. NEED TO SIMPLIFY PRONOUNS

ELIMINATE GENDERED PRONOUNS    HE  SHE  IT Thus far, the grammar changes that have been proposed are rather moderate. Even if it might sound a little strange to a native speaker for someone to say “unconsistent” rather than “inconsistent,” or … Continue reading

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5d. NEED TO ELIMINATE PLURALS AND APOSTROPHES

ELIMINATE PLURAL FORMS OF NOUNS English generally denotes more than one thing by adding an “s” to the end.  But sometimes “es” or “ies” is used instead. And sometimes “s” is added to the end of the third person pronoun … Continue reading

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