Is English the hardest language to learn?

In order to achieve efficient communication outside familiar settings, the use of English as lingua franca (common language) is advised.

Dr Sean Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at University of Westminster has shared some of his thoughts on the academic website, ‘The Conversation’ as to why English is a bit challenging to learn.

Because there are a lot of people who want to learn it, there's a whole lot of attention paid to what the difficulties are

Dr Sean Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at University of Westminster

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:

The spelling is notoriously annoying because it doesn’t match up with the pronunciation

Dr Sean Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at University of Westminster

English is pretty simple in terms of tenses, mostly we just talk about the two tenses, present and past

Dr Sean Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at University of Westminster

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