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English Is Stupid, Students Are Not Nothing in forty years of using English had prepared me for the harsh reality – there is something inherently wrong with this language. It’s stupid! Letters don’t represent sounds.
Speaking English and writing English are not the same, and the alphabet doesn’t connect
them. I realized that my students could not, with any measure of confidence, decipher what
English sounds like by reading it. I proceeded with the class on very shaky ground. It was
four years before I understood the ramifications of that first night and thousands of hours
of teaching before I knew what to do about it.


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