Difficult Language In English

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“Approximately one in three of the world’s population (seven billion) is now capable of community to a useful level in English” (Allington, Mayor, 2012, p: 91). Some people will think that this argument is pointing out only for adult’s community which is not true. Actually, it points out all community including children. As David Gradol argues “a new generation of English-Knowing children around the world, for whom English represents a basic skill” (Allington, Mayor, 2012, p: 91). In addition, globalization makes everyone has the ability to speak the international language which is English this makes it become a lingua franca. Thus, people including children become literate in different languages which associated with different writing systems…show more content…
Richard Hanley “English is a difficult writing system for children to learn” (Allington, Mayor, 2012, p: 120). This argument based on many studies in 14 different European countries such as Italy, Turkey and Spain. In these countries, children used to read English better than children who are English native speakers. (Allington, Mayor, 2012). This refers to two reasons, the first reason that English has a difficult nature of its writing system or orthography. The second one refers to complex nature of the syllabic structure of the spoken English. (Allington, Mayor, 2012). In addition, English is not transparent language, unlike the European languages because of that, European children can develop their skills in reading English as they get older. There are two reasons which makes English is transparent. First, the pronunciation of many words has changed during the time (Allington, Mayor, 2012). For example; word “knife” the letter “k” was not silent as it now. Second, the borrowing words into English had kept in the same form. As an example; the spelling of “café” is still written in the same form (Allington, Mayor, 2012). Nonetheless. There are advantages and disadvantages of English orthography, according to Hanley’s argument. The advantage is that English does not have a completely regular orthography. For example; words such “colonel” and “kernel”, only a professional reader can notice the difference of their meaning from their written form (Allington, Mayor, 2012). On the other hand, the disadvantage of orthography is the existence of irregular words that their pronunciation cannot based or depend on their spelling. One problem is the letter-sound correspondences that appear in regular English words will be difficult for a child to learn (Allington, Mayor,
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