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13 things non-native speakers find annoying about English

English is the most widely learned language in the world - a whopping 1.5 billion people learn it.

But just because it's so common doesn't necessarily mean it's easy to learn.

Many of the people studying it have now vented their anger over the most annoying things about language in one of the most popular places to do it: the internet. Their complaints range from confusion in spelling to the plethora of synonyms, each with a small but important change in meaning.

Also read: 30 business English mistakes Germans make the most, according to language learning experts.

We looked around on Reddit, Quora, and other forums to summarize the eleven most frequently mentioned things.

13 things non-native speakers find annoying about English

13 things non-native speakers find annoying about English

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  • They say 'an hour and a half,' but not 'two hours and a half'

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  • Prepositions confuse, for example in construction: to get 'on' a bus, but 'in' a car

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  • It is not always clear what colloquial language is

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  • There are so many combinations of verb and preposition, all with different meanings! That can be pretty mind-bending

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  • 'Up' and 'down' can be combined with a myriad of verbs, as one commentator beautifully demonstrated

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  • Some words are pronounced very differently than they are written

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  • Some English learners cannot cope with dialects.

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  • Sometimes even some native speakers from different English-speaking countries don't know exactly how the dialects work

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  • English uses a few words with very similar meanings, such as skinny, thin, and slim

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  • In English, it is easy to convert nouns into verbs, such as 'blanket' and 'book'

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  • The times Simple Past and Present Perfect Progressive confuse me

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  • English has more voices than other languages

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  • A lot of words are just hard to pronounce

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