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Can You Pronounce All These Words Correctly? If you can, you speak English better than 90 percent of the world’s English speakers。


After trying these verses a Frenchman said that he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud。



The Chaos

By G. Nolst Trenite, aka Charivarius (1870-1946)

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。

Feoffer 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?

Hiccoughhas the sound of cup。

My advice is to give up!!!

Young Free深深地被这首诗震撼到了!舌头打结了有没有?单词查到头晕了有没有?作者实在太有才了有没有?我建议:把这首诗打印出来,贴在床头,每天念一遍,口语进步神速哦!

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  1. 我表示扛不住,看看就好了。
    damao2012-04-30 14:53 回复 Windows 7 | Internet Explorer 8.0
    • 我也扛不住,越看越受打击。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:45 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  2. 呵呵,对英语一知半解..
    吴克难的博客2012-04-30 10:48 回复 Windows XP | 360浏览器 SE
    • 略懂略懂是最好的。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:45 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  3. 英语只是略懂略懂啊!不慌,反正外国人都在学汉语
    家用制氧机2012-04-29 11:40 回复 Windows XP | 360浏览器 SE
    • 学好英语去做对外汉语去 :mrgreen:
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:44 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  4. 这个可以整那些成天说自己英文好的朋友~
    刘印博客2012-04-29 02:23 回复 Windows 7 | 360浏览器 SE
  5. 我老婆就是学英语的。天天给我念叨英文诗歌。。。我都快疯了,真不知道外国人是啥思维
    所谓刚子2012-04-28 23:02 回复 Windows 7 | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
    • 深表同情。给你出个馊主意,下次你老婆给你念英文诗歌的时候,你就念代码 :mrgreen:
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:44 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  6. 不懂英语,不过拼起来看貌似是个绕口令
    远足行囊2012-04-28 18:51 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 19.0.1077.3
    • 的确。而且很绕口,很有内涵。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:42 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  7. 还可以吧~
    马丁吉他2012-04-28 16:21 回复 Windows 7 | Chrome 7.0.536.2
    • :eek: 还可以?你太牛了。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:40 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  8. 本人英语专业,看完全文觉得自己真不行了。哎、~~
    成都股票开户2012-04-28 16:19 回复 Windows XP | Firefox浏览器 11.0
    • 我也英语专业哦!看了这个,实在是自惭形秽啊。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:40 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162
  9. 英文看不懂啊
    郑州婚纱摄影2012-04-28 10:02 回复 Windows 7 | 360浏览器 SE
    • 这个英文着实很难的。我也看不懂。
      Young Free!2012-05-01 11:39 回复 Windows XP | Chrome 18.0.1025.162