If you are a nonnative English speaker then you know all too well that English pronunciation can be very confusing because of the overwhelming number of English exceptions to the rules. For example, why can’t you pronounce “mow” like you do in the word “cow”, or why do you sometimes pronounce “read” as “red”? English has many pronunciation exception to the rules.
Learning the exceptions to the rules doubled with learning how to pronounce sounds in English can be exhausting. That’s why we have provided you with a little piece of American pronunciation help with this English pronunciation poem. I have recorded an audio recording of the abridged version of the famous English pronunciation poem (written by Gerard Nolst Trenité in 1922) so that nonnative English speakers can practice speaking along with me. As I always say: it’s not how it’s spelled that matters, it’s how it SOUNDS!
THE CHAOS, BY GERARD NOLST
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….
For the rest of the poem please click the link below:
Note: the English accent you’ll hear is the Standard American English accent.
I hope you enjoy this English pronunciation poem! Listen carefully to how I pronounce the words in this English pronunciation poem! The pronunciation in this English pronunciation poem is going to be very tricky! So listen carefully and repeat after me! And remember, have fun learning English!
What other words have you noticed—when studying English—are pronounced differently than you expected? Let me know in the comments below!
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