Hints on Pronunciation for
Foreigners

 


I take it you already know
Of
tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On
hiccough, thorough, laugh and through,
Well done, and now you wish perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like
beard and sounds like bird.
And
dead: it's said like bed, not bead
And only Scotsmen call it
deed!
Watch out for
meat and great and threat
They rhyme with
suite and straight and debt

A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor
both in bother, broth in brother
And
here is not a match for there
Nor
dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there's
dose and rose and lose
Just look them up and
goose and choose.

And cork and work and card and ward,
And
font and front and word and sword,
And
do and go, and thwart and cart
Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive
I'd mastered it when I was five.

Not mine, it's by Herbert Farjeon

 

 
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