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TOEFL ; DIFFICULTIES of learning a NEW LANGUAGE


LAB 328 3 / 7  
May 7, 2013   #1
The topic: it can be quite difficult to learn a new language. what do you think are the most difficult aspects of learning a new language? Give reasons and examples to support your response.

the answer:

Learning a new language became a necessity in the modern life. It can be fun and exciting to be able to speak a language that is different from the mother language; however, with learning a new language there is a lot of difficulties that one has to overcome. Some of these difficulties are:

First of all, being grammatically correct. Not only it is hard to learn the grammar of a totally different language from your own, but it is also tough to be able to distinguish the grammatical differences between the two languages; i.e., grammatical phenomenon that exist in one language doesn't mean that it exist in another one. For instance, the grammatical rules in the Arabic language differ significantly from that of the English language. For one thing, Arabic has more than ten different pronouns, whereas, English has only few.

Not to mention, the Syntax, this means how the words are arranged to create a well-formed sentence. The formation of a phrase can differ greatly from one language to another; wrong order of words leads to incorrect or deviated sentences. Add to that a few grammatical errors, and the sentence won't make sense at all.

Moreover, there is the issue that the phonetics poses. Specifically, the one about having letters that differ notably from one alphabet to another; for example: the letter "P" exists in English, French, German, etc.., but it doesn't exist in Arabic, which might be an issue for an Arabic student to be able to pronounce the "P" easily.

As shown above, learning a new language is a bit tricky, because of the troublesome differences between all languages. However, once the person overcomes these problems he will master the new language in no time.

ningo 22 / 53 9  
May 7, 2013   #2
however, with learning a new language there is a lot of difficulties that one has to overcome. Some of these difficulties are:

Is it an essay? Writing an essay, no one uses " some of these difficult are: ". My advice is:
However, it's not interesting at all because learners can found it hard to master a foreign language owing to some difficulties.
OP LAB 328 3 / 7  
May 8, 2013   #3
thank you, but how about the rest of it is it good, or not??
ningo 22 / 53 9  
May 8, 2013   #4
I like your ideas, they are really interesting. However, to me, your writing is not persuasive at all. These are my ideas, let's give it a look!

First of all, being grammatically correct

.... It's a choppy sentence. You can write:
One of the main and maybe annoying cause of learning a new language is grammar.

Not only it is hard

Not only is it hard

i.e.

Don't use abbreviations in your essay: "i.e"

; i.e., grammatical phenomenon that exist in one language doesn't mean that it exist in another one

In my view, this sentence is not good at all; it is advisable to cut this sentence out.

Not to mention, the Syntax, this means how the words are arranged to create a well-formed sentence.

Learners also have difficulties in syntax when studying a foreign language.
You are better to care more about the first sentences in paras. They are too short and unable to express your ideas.
nada english 2 / 6 1  
May 10, 2013   #5
you can add the idea that one of the difficulties is the lack of the opportunities to practice a foreign language in a local community since the best way to master a language is using it for communication

anyway, for this topic you can find more interesting ideas online

good luck
Dhan 2 / 2  
May 10, 2013   #6
are you write essay for TOEFL iBT?
so please always use specific reason and give example in your essay because this method is easy to clear your TOEFL iBT.
OP LAB 328 3 / 7  
May 11, 2013   #7
I'm sorry Dhan, i didn't understand what you were trying to say, I did use three reasons, plus three examples. I used a five paragraphs outline.

and yes, this is for the TOEFL ibt test.

thank you nada for your idea. It's great; I'll keep it in mind.
dumi 1 / 6,928 1592  
May 15, 2013   #8
there is a lot of difficulties

....there are lots of difficulties

Some of these difficulties are:

.... Your introduction sounds better without this because this should reflect essay features.

First of all, being grammatically correct.

.... this is an incomplete sentence;
First, grammar plays an important role in a language and grammatical mistakes are a great barrier for expressing ideas clearly.

Not only it is hard to learn the grammar of a totally different language from your own, but it is also tough to be able to distinguish the grammatical differences between the two languages

... This is what I suggest;
Grammar is a very complicated issue in languages because they have great differences from language to language. Therefore it is a hard task to get a proper hang of grammar , which may take a fairly long time, when someone learns a new language.


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