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*Gary UK*
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Pronunciation poem- can you say it correctly on your first attempt?


I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough. Others may stumble but not you, On hiccough, through, lough and through. Well done! And now you wish, perhaps, To learn of less familiar traps.

Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds like bird, And dead--it's said like bed, not bead. For goodness's sake, don't call it deed! Watch out for meat and great and threat: They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.

A moth is not a moth in mother, Nor both in bother, broth in brother, And here is not a match for there, Nor dear and fear for bear and pear, And then there's dose and rose and lose-- Just look them up--and goose and choose, And cork and work and card and ward, And font and front and word and sword, And do and go and thwart and cart. Come, come, I've hardly made a start.

A dreadful language? Man alive, I'd mastered it when I was five.

For anyone wanting to check their pronunciation, it can be heard here on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/cRe-j2EC1j8

May 10, 2020 7:56 PM
Comments · 5
Clovek- there's one here in British English, but you have to fast forward until he starts saying it.

https://youtu.be/DbZ3TWIBXcw
May 19, 2020
Yes I can. I can say it correctly on my first attempt and I must say I really enjoyed reading your post out loud! Very clever.
Thank you for making my day!
May 10, 2020
Nice one Gary, do have a link to a UK speaker instead of an American? :)
May 19, 2020
I didn't know a couple of "ough" words, but it was possible to guess.
What made me laugh I didn't recognize "great" in this poem)))
Thanks for the amusement)
May 19, 2020
That's pretty amazing if you said it first time.

May 19, 2020
*Gary UK*
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