I’ve known a lot of ESL (English as a Second Language) people in my life, and they almost all universally say English is easy to speak, but they have difficulty reading and writing it.
Maybe I read this somewhere, or I’m pulling it out of thin air, but I have to imagine that comes from the fact that most of the early English speaking educated class where taught in Latin and French. I figure as the printing press became widely used there was disagreement on a codified grammatical structure.
Is there any truth to this? As a native English speaker I still have daily disagreements with myself on grammar/spelling. I’m college educated and am just one of those ppl who can not remember all the crazy rules of English grammar/spelling.
Side note while I was in the Army I encountered many wives that were native Germans, and they spoke pitch perfect English. Some of them you would be shocked to find were not born in America. They would have almost zero accent. They would always speak with the proper tenses and pluralizations, something I found trips up most other ESL speakers.
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