Especially the words from foreign languages that dont even use our alphabet. A recent post about how to pronounce Hsu prompted this. Why would a chinese word pronounced "she" be spelled Hsu when tranlated into english this makes no sense. However they spell it in chinese has no resemblance of Hsu so why would it in english. There is no literal letter for letter tranlation between the languages. So why all the silent letters and weird pronounciations of our vowels?