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Learning Difficulties I narrowed the general topic Learning Difficulties to the Asian community. I expected to see more articles discussing the problems Asian students have learning English. And yet the emphasis was on how teaching methodology creates many of those problems. The articles would generally refer to pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Asian students have problems pronouncing certain sounds such as ?l? and ?r? because of the different phonetic symbols Eastern culture and the Western world use. But they are also influenced by the teacher?s regional dialect or own nationality. Vocabulary would include slang or regional usages (e.g., pie for pizza). Grammar included the multitude of irregular verbs as well as the diverse roots of modern English (Germanic, Celtic, Nordic, and Latin). But then the emphasis changes to the receptive and productive skills. The real issues are the reading, writing, and listening skills of the Asian student. These issues come from methodology as well as pedagogy. The pedagogical differences between Asian schools and Western schools lie in the culture. Asian students play a limited role in the classroom: teachers speak, the students listen, and rarely ask questions to that authority figure. Success in school means accurately repeating the material