Is English a funny Language

Are you equipped with the right amount of knowledge, to empower your trainees or are you the ones who often resort to the much oft used phrase- "English is a funny language".

English is often blamed for not being easy and simple like our Indian Languages. People often call it 'funny'.

Learners of English as a second language are often dumbfounded with the sentence structure and pronunciation. Corporations invest thousands on hiring Trainers, to polish the language of their Employees.

The fact of the matter is that English, as a language, is very different from our Indian Languages. The Sentence structure, spellings and reading, all often pose major challenges to the Indian speakers. But is it really that difficult?

Let's take a look at two of the basic differences between Indian Languages and English.

  1. Letter Vs Sounds: The Indian Languages usually have two alphabets, one for Consonants and the second for Vowels. That's not the case with English. English has only one alphabet (you read that right! 🙂 ). This one alphabet comprises of 26 letters. When talking about English speaking skills, we need to see how many sounds do these 26 letters create. Do you know how many sounds does English have?english-alphabet
  2. Order of parts of speech: Lets look at the Hindi sentence- "वो खाना खा रहा है ". Can you identify the Subject, Verb and Object in this sentence? Done. Great! Let's do the same for English- here's a Translated Sentence- "He is eating  food". Let's try and identify the parts of the sentence again. Can you identify the difference in the structure of the sentence?

It is differences like these that help empower the Trainer and subsequently the trainees to understand the nuances of English and henceforth, communicate better.

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