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Why is English so complicated? Learn about English word origins to understand its irregularities.

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English Word Origins english hints for your Future Menu HomeSitemap Learn VocabularyRoots AffixesEnglish Researchers Health ProfessionalsGrammar ReviewVerb TensesReadingWritingCommon IdiomsLearning Plan Practice TOEFL IELTS Vocab GamesGrammar PracticeComprehension Fluency PracticeTest PrepLessons Courses For ESL Teachers Lesson Plans IdeasESL Worksheets GamesWhat’s New site search by freefind advanced Explain a Lot xa Have you ever wondered why has two or more words so many ideas been frustrated the different pronunciations same letters some of strange letter sound combinations possible in The history word origins explains lot about richness its vocabulary and also confusion can cause from Repeated Invasions This video gives great short explanation way language It suggests have connotations– feelings Even speakers who don’t know background strong that certain are snobby others low class Incidentally their example hearty welcome is common but not ‘low A cordial reception sounds formal less genuine even though phrases’ definitions very similar You might be interested longer fascinating discussion Not Normal detail how Celtic Norse languages affected grammar as well adding to information on effects French Latin England suffered through several major invasions last years In D Romans invaded southern introducing Roman law peoples already living there About later empire crumbled troops withdrew Over next centuries was overrun Angles Saxons Jutes Germanic tribes Their blended become Anglo-Saxon then Old basis modern Within few hundred Anglo-Saxons faced new invaders Danes They raided all along coast established own kingdoms especially north Many Danish were added at time Then conquered government nobility greatly influenced gave us second set almost everything p Synonyms We freedom liberty understanding comprehension sight vision pairs Often with roots little academic we tend use verb understand much than comprehend frequent everyday speech get I it don t need keep explaining He just doesn meaning he understand– idea– However noun often understanding’ when mean mental recognition an idea talk reading listening Understanding adds sense emotional grasp what someone saying adjective comprehensive introduces thought understandable complete inclusive Hundreds these synonyms recognized English-speakers both used frequently ruled most came either which Romance based church during Middle Ages Renaissance scholars over Europe rediscovered Greek classics introduced into medical Goes Worldwide During Age Discovery busy claiming part World riches explorers colonists freely adopted changed cultures they encountered native Americans other European slaves African expanded colonialism Africa Asia Shakespeare lived exciting scholarship discoveries invention printing press contributed golden age literature At nationalism self-confidence multiplied after defeat Spanish Armada his contemporaries fascinated play invented thousand combined recombined parts converted verbs nouns making flexible expressive Asian immigrants English-speaking countries U S Canada Australia Zealand further expanding complicating pronunciation spelling One reason difficult keeps original those usually pronounced differently list below yacht rhymes ‘caught’ ‘ch’ silent come hard ‘k’ architect character charisma etc ar-key-tect kar-ac-ter kar-is-ma difficulty pronouncing such Here originating gt Dutch cole slaw cookie dam German frankfurter hamburger noodle sauerkraut kindergarten Gaelic Irish bog whiskey Italian pasta pizza spaghetti piano umbrella barbeque breeze canyon cargo chocolate embargo mosquito patio ranch tomato Swedish ombudsman smorgasbord Yiddish Jewish Germany eastern bagel blintz chutzpah klutz kosher lox Increasing trade travel communication century half accelerated this process useful Science technology provided thousands inventions require completely expressions s increasingly convert proper names like Google Kodak adjectives message friend cell phone google subject find Internet Photogenic events moments always room See Roots root prefix pages listed Prefixes Suffixes Home Vocabulary CommentsWhat do think read Leave me comment box Didn’t needed want cognates past tense practice ‘get Click see related EnglishHints What’s blog updated enough decide if Minutes Month Sign up our free newsletter Detective minutes twice month Improve fluency selected articles talks one repeated key Understand using explanations crosswords Feel confident vocab skills– prepared big tests challenges bonus Building Subscribe To Site Top Privacy Policy Contact Affiliate Disclosure Copyright copy All Rights Reserved