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English is difficult to others just as French is difficult for us!

For many of us who start to learn French, the frustration of French could be: why are half the letters in a word silent?

One example is the French ‘t’: the ‘t’ in ‘fait’ has no sound!!!

Another example is the French ‘h’: heures -> ‘h’ is silent!

To make things worse, there is no apparent ‘s’ sound in ‘heures’ too!!!  Or an ‘e’ sound in ‘heure’… -_-”

So one day I whined about this to my French friend, and she told me that English is more difficult.  Surprised, I asked her why.  She said: At least in French, if we’re not sure if a letter will contribute to the sound, we just don’t pronounce it.  In English, you don’t know how any word is pronounced!

I was taken aback, because I thought that’s what we thought of French.  And then I finally realized this:

“So”, “Do”, “Go” -> they look like they’re supposed to rhyme, but they don’t.

“Thr(ough)”, “Th(ough)”, “R(ough)” -> they look like they’re supposed to rhyme too, but they don’t.

“Mean” & “Lean” rhyme, but what about “Sean”?

And there are numerous more examples!

You may ask, what’s the point of knowing this?  Well, if you are trying to exchange a language by teaching someone English and learning their language in return, it’s good to understand where their difficulties stem from.  And then you have a better chance to explain it to them and help them out.😀

So I hope this is a good tip, and happy learning your foreign language (French)!

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