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kleinbl00  ·  452 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Teaching is Fulfilling: what TFG's been up to #3

I spent a summer learning Russian when I was in fifth grade. The tense/aspect matrix was formidable; learning six or seven different ways to conjugate a verb when you're used to one in English takes some getting used to.

Americans take English clear through 12th grade, and I'm unaware of any college program that doesn't require at least a year of college-level English. Technically, the structure of English isn't complex; practically, the amount of borrow words and polyglot adaptations mean that whatever you learn technically gets drowned in a sea of exceptions.