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Difficult To Learn And Easy To Confuse Them

As I was home-schooling my son,
I began to empathize with my teachers,
Understood why on us they would pick.
Besides the stress we had put them through,
How the language itself would’ve made them tick.

English is difficult to learn,
Easy to misunderstand,
And, some say it is extremely weird.
But, challenging it is for a 4 year old,
Therefore, his questions I’ve always feared.

He argues that N-O is ‘nu’,
And S-O is ‘su’,
As I taught him that T-O is TO.
Logically he is right,
But, correct him I must DO.

I wrote for him the words
But, due to the pronunciations, we fought.
He was fine with the first two,
With the third he was definitely NOT.

As I taught him the sound of double O,
He was pleased to recognize the words
But, later that night, he saw the word FLOOR
And, away his confidence it TOOK.

Then we began with plurals
And he knew that PAN is PANS,
And CAN is CANS.
But, why is the plural of MAN MEN,
Yet the plural of VAN is VANS?

All the numbers in words,
Intentionally I didn’t teach him,
Except SIX, SEVEN, NINE and TEN.
Last month I taught him WIN and WON,
So, ONE would completely confuse him then.

As per his understanding,
He wrote a message that made me smile,
With his innocent point of view.
Surely you will love it
As his message was – I LOVE OLOFU.

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As mentioned, this poem was inspired by my little man who asks a lot of questions now. I realized how confused he was with the spellings of certain words, though we speak only English at home. So, I want to say HATS OFF to the English teachers and home-schooling parents around the country, as well as the little ones trying to make sense of this funny language at such a young age. Keep it up! English language for toddlers can be hard.

Let me know what you thought of this simple poem filled with some not-so-tough words thoroughly taught to our toddlers though some of the spellings and pronunciations have no logic.

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  1. Rakhi Parsai says:

    I do agree with you English as a language could be tricky for the kids. But with regular exposure to the language, that helps a lot. Even we have introduced English to our son when he was 1.5yrs old and gradually he started to pick up. Loved the beautiful words in this poem and the questions of the little man’s inquisitive brain.

  2. Sakshi Varma says:

    Really enjoyed reading the poem, and of course you caught the essence of English language! Sometimes I wonder how we managed to learn all the different pronunciations and spellings!

  3. This is such a relatable poem. Every mother would have this teaching experience, which used to make me wonder why English is so weird.

  4. The Other Brain Inc says:

    Motherhood always becomes a little more challenging if you have a curious kid. My son too is one like that and I have to be ready with answers to all his queries. :p learning English too is fun with these kids

  5. yes English is tricky language and for little kids, many words and their pronunciation may cause many confusion. loved the way, you have expressed this situation so beautifully with this poem.

  6. Alpana Deo says:

    Completely relate too this. I homeschooled my 4 year old and now he is ready for his Kindergarten. Hats off to the teachers who handle not just one kid but multiple kids with different personalities and learning curves.

  7. Frank says:

    Nice post. I was checking this blog and I am impressed! Extremely useful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  8. Haha how sweet Cindy! Fortunately, I haven’t faced this problem because my son’s school follows a UK methodology called RWI – they are taught through a sound-based system that is even more specific than the phonetics system. Basically, I have had to relearn my alphabet to teach him but at least he’s understanding and learning the language without too many questions… hahahaa!

  9. Franky says:

    Asking questions are in fact a good thing if you are not understanding something totally, this poem is really nice.

  10. Arulmozhi N says:

    As a toddler mom I can completely relate with this. Very well written

  11. Anjali Gupta says:

    Adorable and so aptly expressed!! A simple’Wow’ for so many of us will relate to this in as many different roles…. I do
    It as a teacher, as a kindergarten curriculum designer and even as a mom.
    Thumbs up!!

  12. Arti Singh says:

    What an amazing poem, Cindy. Its takes much more to write a poetic blog so i am super thankful to have come across this piece of art from you

  13. Sindhu says:

    Im in the same phase Cindy. My daughter is exactly doing the same here

  14. Suhasini I.P. says:

    Lovely poem that cured my grumpy mood today. Your poem reminded me of sweet days when Shrav was around 2.5 years old and he used to ask lots of questions like this.

  15. I enjoyed each and every word of the poem… And it’s relatable to every child….

  16. Abha Mondal says:

    Lovely poem Cindy. I can totally relate to this. Toddlers and their never-ending questions.

  17. Aww, cute, curious mind. I stand by with your son Cindy; after French, English is the most confusing language. Loved the way you have penned down the session of Homeschooling by mom and son. Undoubtedly, all the teachers deserve a huge round of applause.

  18. I love the fun poem, Cindy! I bet a lot of Mom’s found themselves nodding their heads at you speaking their minds!

  19. You caught the right state of my mind, my little one is also learning to read and is at level 1 reader, we go crazy at times. Your poem is true to all the scenarios in teaching English.

  20. Aditi Kapur says:

    Hahaha… enjoyed every bit of the poem. I remember how difficult was it to teach spellings to my sons;)
    English is a weird language!
    * The poem reminded me of the Bollywood movie ‘Chupke Chupke’ where Dharmendra asks the same questions 😜 #checkout

  21. Ritu Bindra says:

    This is such a cute poem. You cannot escape the kids and their cute questions. I am sure you had quite a time with the answers. My friend who taught young kids often shared the darndest things they come up with. We had a nice laugh but I am sure she would have been quite hassled at the time.

  22. Raunica says:

    Loved the interpretation…I can already feel it when I am trying to teach him and similar sounding words having different meanings, he gets confused and I am at loss for words

  23. Wow Cindy, such a sweet poem… True that English can be confusing at times and really hats off to the Teachers who makes a lot of efforts to teach our children in an easy and effective way.

  24. Simrit Bedi says:

    I am phonics teacher and I can completely understand what you are saying. I get these questions everyday from parents as. Well as students. One doesn’t realise but like other subjects there are a lot of spelling rules in English Language too! Loved reading your poem and the message at the of the poem by your son is very adorable

  25. Fantastic poem! I can imagine how difficult it must have been for you to teach your 4 year old and how difficult it is to answer these questions. Seriously hats off to all the teachers out there.

  26. Madhu Bindra says:

    Such a cute poem. English is a funny language. Wait till he gets to the silent letters. Hats off to the preschool and primary school teachers. Teaching young children is much more difficult.

  27. Priyanka Nair says:

    It is hard, it is confusing for the little humans and you have put it so well, Cindy! I enjoyed reading your poem 🙂

  28. As I read this, I can clearly imagine the argument along with the accompanying expressions! Cute poem.

  29. Such a cute poem must say. It is described in a great way how we all somehow confused with English words and pronunciation. Loved the poem

  30. You have penned the exact thoughts of beginning readers… We tell them English is a funny language but they do not even get that and get confused with every word thrown their way.

  31. Shreemayee Chattoppadhyay says:

    Yes, English is somehow a weird language, regarding pronunciation, tense, spelling etc etc. And it’s really difficult to answer all their questions. As an English teacher I also have to face such situations. Anyway I love your sweet poem.

  32. Swati Mathur says:

    I agree English is a funny language and I remember my kids asking the same question and I used to find it so difficult answering them. Loved your take with a simple yet interesting poerty.

  33. Wow Cindy! That’s a cute poem indeed! I was smiling all along while reading it and I was wondering to know how he innocently got confused with the words! I could even imagine you teaching him English and literally juggling! I so loved reading the post. And yes, a salute to our English teachers. A big thanks to them all.

  34. Monidipa says:

    Your words are awesome, the poem is wonderful. I used to be an educator once. So I understand how it is like. However, I loved every word that you wrote!

  35. Harjeet Kaur says:

    What an amazing poem, Cindy. I can imagine your son asking those valid questions 🙂 I adore them when they do all that questioning. Even I wonder why PUT is PUT and BUt is BUT. My son used to call his teacher “Saar” and when I used to correct him he used to say ” No mom it is Saar only.

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