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Thanks for your reply Seeker. Many languages do not use articles and that does take a while for learners to master. I believe that India does give students a good start in learning English.
in my opinoin english is not difficult but it depend for something you should to live in place all the people around you they are speak in english.
Personally, English opens me perspective and I can see the differences between languages, but still they are connected, of course. It helps me in communication, to be more talkative and it forces me also to think more about structure of sentences and I like to dissect grammar, especially in my mother tongue and it is Czech. So, the learning of other language makes me understand overaly. :)
Two things greatly help in learning whether a language or whatever, visual aids and text, if it through visual aids, then mother tongue is not necessary to learn English but in case of text without mother tongue help' " I think" It is impossible or at least too hard to learn English.
For example if it is written " bread" and there is a picture of bread alongside, then for the reader it is clear what is bread, without picture or a video, one will never understand that bread is an eating stuff, it will need further explanation and in explaining thing will bring more unfold words for which additional explanation will be required and the process will get unnecessary length, but if we translate it into mother tongue, the process is completed and over. hope my explanation works.
Thanx for inviting to such a nice and useful discussion.
i speak farsi. there are some diffrence, ofcourse. like in farsi we use adjective after a noun. in my opinion when we try to translate our own language in English, it makes it difficult for someone to understand us . many times our teachers say in order to speak english you have to think in English. i guess its true, but we dont know exactly how to do that. nice topic, thx.
My mother's tongue is Malay or Bahasa Melayu. It's easier to learn than English because our sentence structure is very simple. We don't have articles, nor do we have complicated grammar. For example; I'm using one word 'eat' (makan)
Saya sedang makan = I'm eating
Saya telah makan = I've eaten
Saya akan makan = I will eat
Basically we will use these there 'indicator words' to show whether it's current, past or future tense.