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  • 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 say 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!!!

  • Hey everyone! This is Benny Lewis!

  • And I hope you enjoyed that poem!

  • I didn't write it, and I'm not really sure who did.

  • But it's pretty funny, isn't it?

  • Now, I just want to say that I disagree

  • with the title "English is tough stuff"

  • and definitely with the conclusion that

  • you should "just give up"

  • The thing is, you can frame any language

  • to be very difficult, if you're biased enough

  • But I've found that, as an English teacher

  • And as someone who has learned many foreign languages

  • That if you have the right attitude, and the right commitment,

  • You can learn any language, and the difficulties become irrelevant

  • So, if you'd like to see more fun videos, make sure

  • to subscribe to my Youtube channel

  • and definitely check out my blog at fluentin3months.com

  • for some language learning encouragement

  • and if you thought this video was funny,

  • please share it with your friends

  • Thanks!

Dearest creature in creation,

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    巫嘟 posted on 2014/07/03
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