Hard to Learn
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EFL teacher and coordinator of the
Foreign Language Department
Curso Experimental Bilingue
São Paulo, Brazil
This is Our Time Project
(French and Portuguese
is a Crazy Language
and information about author)
Most Powerful English Word
bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse
We must polish the Polish
He could lead if he would get the lead
The soldier decided to desert his dessert
in the desert..
A bass was painted on the head of the bass
When shot at, the dove dove
into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
there is no time like the present, he thought
it was time to present the present.
There was a row among the oarsmen about
how to row.
They were too close to the door to close
The buck does funny things when the does
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into
a sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow
The wind was too strong to wind
After a number of injections my jaw got
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I
shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject
to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate
to the sentences
or download the files in .mp3 or .wma (Windows Media) format.
face it - English is a crazy language.
is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine
muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find
can work slowly,
boxing rings are square and
a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
grocers don't groce
hammers don't ham?
the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you
comb through annals of history but not a single annal?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one
of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an
asylum for the verbally insane.
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?
can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man
and a wise guy are opposites?
How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and
quite a few are alike?
How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?
you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are
you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met
a sung hero or experienced requited love?
you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or
where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would
ACTUALLY hurt a fly?
have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which
house can burn up as it burns down,
which you fill in a form by filling it out and
which an alarm goes off by going on.
was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects
the creativity of the human race
(which, of course, isn't a race at all).
is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights
are out, they are invisible.
why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this
essay, I end it.
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