Today’s lecture was really interesting especially because English is my second language. I want to share my personal story about language. I moved here when I was 11 years old, and learning English was a huge challenge for me. Before moving here, I didn’t really think language can or would be an obstacle for me. For six years, I was in ESL classes, but I never used that opportunity to learn grammar thoroughly. When I talk or see writings of people who were actually born here, their writing is worse than mine, which makes me feel proud of myself in a way. I had such difficult time holding the simplest conversations. I had to translate everything I heard into my language before I understood what I was hearing or what I was trying to say. After these short ten years, I still sometimes feel like my accent comes out, and I can’t pronounce some words properly. But then again, it’s not just me. I remind myself that English might seem like an easy language, but it really isn’t. The interesting thing about English langue is that there are only 40 sounds. You can combine those sounds into many different words. There are so many words in English that are same thing and has different meanings. Some words are spelled the same way but pronounced differently. That confuses people and makes it difficult for newcomers to learn the language.