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A Pronunciation Poem!!!

A Pronunciation Poem!!!

Date: Oct 04 2007

Topic: Pronunciation

Author: Ocean-SA


Hi guys I found this poem .. It teachs you pronounciation!!

Have fun Wink

English is tough stuff
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough --
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

What agreat way to learn Pronounciation !





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Thank you!!!

04:25 PM Oct 27 2008 |




It's really good lesson…

11:38 AM Aug 18 2008 |


Saudi Arabia

thanks ocean I LIKE IT

07:10 AM Aug 01 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

You are welcome ….


well … it is hard sort of… but believe me it would be much nicer if you used a talking dictionary to find out how to pronounce  it



Good luck!

thank you everyone for your commentsCool

11:13 AM Jul 30 2008 |

pink angel

pink angel

Saudi Arabia

thank you very mch for this nice topic


but honestly i felt headache once i have finished

06:48 AM Jul 30 2008 |



United States

lol , nice one

04:37 PM Jul 22 2008 |



what a nice and brain boosting poem!?  thanks very much! It would be a great help for me.

02:50 AM Jul 16 2008 |




05:43 AM Jul 12 2008 |



how can i listen

05:53 AM Jul 07 2008 |



i can't hear anything..

05:52 AM Jul 07 2008 |



i can't hear anything..

05:52 AM Jul 07 2008 |




thanks, very good!

12:43 AM Jun 28 2008 |



i liked it,


10:02 PM Jun 27 2008 |



i liked this poem, but where can we listen it too??

10:01 PM Jun 27 2008 |



Saudi Arabia

Thx for passing by guys…


I'm happy that you found this thread helpful ;) 

10:07 PM Apr 22 2008 |



that's a very nice poem…thank you a lot for posting it…i think it really helped me with my pronunciation…i want to become an english teacher and i think this was a great way to practice my english…thanks a lot…see you…bye

05:49 PM Apr 08 2008 |


United Kingdom

Brilliant.  I've been looking for resources to help someone I know learn English pronunciation.  This is fantastic.  Thanks.

11:23 PM Feb 17 2008 |




nice poem

after read this poem we get confidence to reach our goal

08:34 AM Feb 09 2008 |


Viet Nam

Great ! Thanks

06:06 AM Jan 11 2008 |



   It's great, thanks

  I think it will help me to improve my pronunciation. My english skill is poor and I want to learn from you.



12:33 PM Jan 06 2008 |

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