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English may be the third most commonly spoken language, and the most widely spoken around the world, but it's certainly no walk in the park.

In fact, as English is a mixture of Germanic languages, like Saxon and Norse, Gaelic, French, Latin and even Arabic, it's even tricky to learn from its closest neighbours.

No language is a piece of cake, with grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and phonology to contend with, but English has its own special madness, a certain je ne sais quoi and a spelling that feels like it defies all basic laws of the universe.

A reddit thread asking non-native English speakers what the most difficult aspect of the language was has proved an interesting window into the learning process.

Here are some of the best responses and the biggest pitfalls for English learners...

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