I never realized how utterly exasperating the English language was until I started teaching my kid to read.
Holy mackerel. I kept thinking I found a 'rule' to help her with phonics and then a word would come along and prove me wrong. I got especially excited when I discovered it seemed single syllable words that ended in "e" had a long vowel sound (bake, cake, kite, cute, cone, etc.)
And then we got to love. And give. And a few others that made me just start saying "MOST of the time..."