French is a difficult language? Perhaps, but take a look at this piece on its rival the mother tongue of Shakespeare:
"So you think French is hard!"
I take it you already know-- author unknown
Of tough and bough and cough and dough.
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, though, and through -
And now you wish perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead - it's said like bed, not bead.
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose,
Just look them up - goose and choose
And cork and work and card and ward
And front and font, and word and sword
And do and go, and wart and cart -
Come! Come! I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I mastered it - when I was five!!!
Qu'en pensez vous après? What do you think now?