Is the English language more difficult or does it have more confusing elements in it than other languages? eg: The word tear has a couple of meanings: a tear from your eye: to tear something apart: And there are other similar elements. Confusing to someone learning the English language? I only speak [albeit very poorly] one other language, Fijian. And the simplicity in learning that language is that every letter in the Fijian alphabet can only ever be pronounced one way: eg: i as in Tin can only ever be pronounced that way, never as i as in pine. Or another example: a[A] as in bath can only ever be pronounced in that fashion, not as a[A] as in apple. Any comments from our chief linguistic member?