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Try to read and pronounce every word correctly! Good Luck!

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;

This is part one of this, it is 3 x longer, let me know if you want the rest added via comments below or part 2 in a new topic later.

Lynibis
2 months ago
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blacklabrador
blacklabrador2 months ago

I was doing great until "Terpsichore" towards the end.

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gaelle0501
gaelle05012 months ago

Same i have no idea how to pronounce that. Will google it

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

blacklabrador how about the next bit lol?

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.

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blacklabrador
blacklabrador2 months ago

Mostly sailed through those*

(*Ignoring Melpomene)

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lilyflower
lilyflower2 months ago

Lynibis, Time on your hands, lol. These are great, part 3?

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
2 months ago

Your wish is my command lol, one more after this.

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.

0ffer 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.

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rls
rls2 months ago

I'm not a pheasant plucker

I'm a pheasant pluckers son

And I'm only plucking pheasants

'til the pheasant plucker comes

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
2 months ago

And finally.............

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!!!

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angemski
angemski2 months ago

Lynibis I nearly missed this one so thanks for the tag. I love this! - it proves what a complicated language we have.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
2 months ago

It is very clever, wish I could write stuff like that.

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angemski
angemski2 months ago

Lynibis Me too!

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

Great,managed that,but im good with words🙂

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

Lynibis this is absolutely brilliant. My son stared at me in awe as I read this out to him. This is very clever indeed and shows just how diverse and wonderful our language is.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
2 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it, that was how I felt upon first reading a couple of years ago.

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gaelle0501
gaelle05012 months ago

As a French mother tongue but speaking (or learning to speak) English for 15 years ish, this is brilliant. I'm googling the pronunciation on a few words i wasn't too sure about. I've always loved learning the English language, word by word in the first year, then slang and phrases. Don't even get me started on understanding everyone's accents! Thanks Lynibis for making me learn some more 😁 MrsCraig I'm sure your son was loving it.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
2 months ago

gaelle0501 so glad people seemed to enjoy it. I did think it might intrigue those for whom English is not their first language. But of course French was widely spoken in England by the nobility once William of Normandy conquered us, and so much of our language is derived from the French or a mixture of both.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 months ago

gaelle0501 he was fascinated! He is learning to talk, but I doubt he will be able to master these just yet! Dad, tea, did and cheese are currently in his vocabulary.

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Dani1
Dani12 months ago

Absolutely love reading this. Thanks Lynibis just making a list of words to search. So far I have terpsichore, sward and melpomene 😍 Edit added transom to complete the list lol

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