Written versus spoken English

August 5, 2015 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

We have just had a French exchange student stay with us and it was enlightening to see how she struggled with the different pronunciations of English words that were spelt the same! It reminded me that without the human interface, our words can often lack meaning and our message may be lost. You need to say the words out loud in context to see how they are different as if you look at the written word only – and it is not your first language, there is nothing to tell you there is any difference!

Consider these examples:

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

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

We must polish the Polish furniture.

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

 

 

The English language is one of the most difficult to comprehend!

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