Advanced English Grammar



Having Difficulties Learning English?

Yes, some have difficulties learning English and the following list goes a long way to show why.

The following is a fun exercise for those who know the language well, and for those who want to know it better. I've been teaching English for twenty years now and even I had difficulties with a few of the sentences the first time through!

I recommend you read it out loud -- just as if you were reading any sentence of any text.

Remember, difficulties learning English shouldn't prevent you from learning the language. What you'll see below is indicative of some of those 'little' things that can make learning the English language difficult.

After the list, there is a pronunciation guide (1-10) with examples to help you know the correct way to do it.

Difficulties Learning English

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

1. 1st ou as in wow, how, now 2nd ou as in you, too, sue.

 1st wound (v) = past tense of wind 2nd wound (n) = injury; trauma

2. 1st accent on second syllable 2nd accent on first syllable.

 1st produce (v) = meaning to make 2nd produce (n) = vegetables

3. 1st s pronounced like; z. 2nd s pronounced like; s.

 1st refuse (v) = to reject; deny 2nd refuse (n) = garbage; waste

4. 1st short o as in hot, not, body 2nd long o as in boat, goat, coat

 1st polish (v) = to shine 2nd Polish (adj) = originates or comes from Poland

5. 1st ea as in tea, she, flee 2nd ea as in dead, dread, wed

 1st lead (v) = direct; guide 2nd lead (n) = bluish white heavy metal

6. 1st accent on second syllable 2nd accent on second syllable 3rd accent on first syllable.

 1st desert (v) = leave 2nd dessert (n) = sweet 3rd desert (n) = place with little rain

7. 1st accent on first syllable 2nd accent on second syllable 3rd accent on first syllable.

 1st present (n) = this moment 2nd present (v) = give 3rd present (n) = gift

8. 1st bass pronounced like; grass, glass, lass 2nd bass pronounced like; base, vase, trace

 1st bass (n) = fish 2nd bass (n) = drum

9. 1st dove pronounced like; of, shove, glove 2nd dove pronounced like; rove, trove, stove

 1st dove (n) = bird 2nd dove (v) = past tense of dive

10. 1st accent on second syllable 2nd accent on first syllable

 1st object (v) = disagree; argue 2nd object (n) = thing

The first list above, (1-10) shows some common difficulties learning English for those who are unfamiliar with all of the pronounciation possibilites of the various words used. The second list, (1-10) contains the correct pronounciation guide plus definitons of the words for your better understanding.

For another fun exercise concerning difficulties learning English click on the preceding link. You'll go to a page concerned with English problems.