The letters -ough- can be pronounced a ridiculous number of different ways in English. Here is a possibly incomplete list:
- tough, enough
- cough, trough
- bough, plough
- though, dough
- thought, bought
- thorough, borough
- weirdos like hiccough, hough, lough.
Are there any other letter sequences in English near this crazy? How do non-English speakers cope with trying to learn a language as messy as this?