Here's some examples of english's rediculous orthography.
trick vs disc which words use ck, k, or c. You just kinda have to memorize it.
Then we have our borrowed words like euphemism pronounced yufamism. yup, gotta memorize those too.
Then our random choices about our vowels sea, see, ceiling.
and then our homonyms like bank (of a river), bank (where you store money), bank (the action of storing), and bank (to ricochet -there's another borrowed word to memorize-)
And our homographs like read (present tense) and read (past tense) which depend on context
And finally the irregular inflections between present and past, single and plural.
English is like a spoiled toddler that steals things from other kids and then pretends that it has always been theirs.
In all seriousness, no, English is not from an outsider's perspective.
We make up for our lack of bilinguality in America by learning a language that has several others crammed somewhat-intelligibly inside. I love it but would never choose to learn it if it weren't my native language.