"영어는 쉽지 않습니다."
Translation:English is not easy.
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you should have been learning French as mother tongue in Switzerland. When you have to learn as child Ancien Greek, French; German, English and Italian at the same week. you will find English easy. It's extremely difficult to write in French accurately because it's not a phonetic language. It exists also spelling contests. Napoléon Bonaparte made in his time about 80 spelling mistakes !
I would say English was not that hard for me but that's probably because I am European, and even more French since the English language contains around 30% of French. So it makes it easier to memorize vocabulary etc. But for, for exemple, asian people, it must be harder since the pronounciation, grammar and vocabulary has nothing to do with most of them...
"Hinglish" appears as an option in the Samsung keyboard too. As a non native Hindi speaker, I do the same. I used to do that with my mother tongue too but that has decreased over time. I do feel we should try to avoid inserting English words if we know the original word in that language... the original words would eventually be lost with time. Even right now, saying "ye language difficult hai" sounds better than "ye bhasha kathin hai". English is inserted into Hindi quite liberally.
English is also a non-phonetic language. Spelling is pretty much just as difficult in english as in french.
"Read" can be pronounced two different ways depending on context.
"Peas" and "peace" are arbitrarily pronounced differently for no reason. British spelling vs american.
"Color" and "colour" are pronounced the same.
"There", "their" and "they're" are all spelled differently, but pronounced the same.
"Would" has a silent "l" and is pronounced the same as "wood".
"Chase" makes the typical "ch" sound, but "chaos" does not.
Writing in Portuguese is quite easy, perhaps the easiest of Latin languages, almost all writing is based on speech so you can write almost all words just by listening, with the exception of a few graphic accents, these are not always easy to guess since the international spelling agreement made several reforms to simplify the writing and standardize it for the many worldwide accents of the language and we still need to adapt to the new way, there are still many people who confuse the spelling of the words because some are paronymous and one a single letter or different accent changes its meaning. The conjugation of verbs is also not very easy, verbs change for each grammatical person, time and form and some do not even have complete conjugations. A single verb can have dozens of different conjugations and it is normal that most people do not know them all. At least our writing is easy.
As a native speaker, I can confirm. None of the rules are universal, the pronunciation has shifted dramatically since the last time spelling was standardized (like 400 years ago), half the vocabulary comes from a completely different language family. Even with over 20 years of practise I still screw up perfectly ordinary sentences.
Actually, I speak a North American dialect, so I use that weird r sound where you bunch up the middle of your tongue toward the back of your mouth. It takes some kids YEARS to learn how to do that properly. One of the most common sounds in our language, and some native speakers don't master it until they're in middle school. Awful hodgepodge mess of a language.
I think any language is hard to learn. All the vocabulary and the tenses and the grammer rules tend to get messed up and scrambled in your head when it's not your first language so it can be confusing at times, especially when you already have more than one language in your head already. I think English is difficult even for native speakers. I'm like 95% fluent in English and i still make so kany mistakes with everyday words because while something like soeaking may be easy, the spelling rules don't always make any sense and because of that, i get confused and make mistakes, but its ok. That's how I learn. Anyone who learns a language because they want to amd not because it's something they have to do like for school or something should feel proud of themselves because it's hard but not impossible
It all really depends on your native language. Some languages are easier to learn from others. Most languages aren't just universally hard to learn- it's just how similar it is to your native language. For example, if you speak Spanish, it'll be easier for you to learn Italian than someone who speaks Dutch, because Spanish and Italian are related. But an English speaker would have an easier time learning Dutch than an Italian speaker, because English and Dutch are related.
The "basic" form is 쉽다 (meaning "easy"). Cut off "다" and you get the verb core, which is "쉽". To connect it with "않다" to make a negative, you need to add "-지" to the verb. Therefore, it becomes "쉽지". That's just a rule to accept, "않다" only goes with the "지" ending hahah
쉽다 → 쉽 → 쉽지 (않다)
I guess you already know that but just in case - to make the sentence positive you'd need to add the "ㅂ니다/습니다" ending here, so 쉽다 → 쉽 + 습니다 ("쉽" ends with a consonant) → 쉽습니다. It works the same way for "않다" - 않다 → 않 + 습니다 (않 end with a consonant as well) → 않습니다.