It is always interesting to compare languages. There are some things so basic to one language that it feels strange to find that other languages cannot make the same distinctions.
For example, English indicates time in its verbal system. We use different forms of a verb to show that the action was in the past, is in the present, or will be in the future. So when we go to Hebrew and find that there is no time significance in the forms of their verbal system (i.e., there is no future tense, no past tense), at first glance many students think it quite odd.