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Pronunciation Poem

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    Dearest creature in creation, dearest ['diərist]

     study English pronunciation. creature ['kri:tʃə]

    I will teach you in my verse verse [və:s]

     sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. corpse[kɔ:ps]

    I will keep you, Suzy, busy, corps [kɔ:]

     make your head with heat grow dizzy. Suzy [su:zi]

    Tear in eye, your dress will tear. prayer [prɛə]

     So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

    Just compare heart, beard, and heard, plague [pleig]

     dies and diet, lord and word, plaque [plɑ:k]

    Sword and sward, retain and Britain. bleak [bli:k]

     (Mind the latter, how it's written.) steak [steɪk]

    Now I surely will not plague you cloven ['kləuvən]

     with such words as plaque and ague. script [skrɪpt]

    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, Terpsichore [tə:p'sikəri]

    Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles, typhoid [ty?phoid || 'taɪfɔɪd]

     exiles, similes, and reviles; measles ['mi:zlz] Scholar, vicar, and cigar, topsail [top?sail |

     solar, mica, war and far; aisle [aɪl]

    One, anemone, Balmoral, exile ['eksail]

     kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel; revile [ri'vail] Gertrude, German, wind and mind, anemone [ə'neməˌni]

     scene, Melpomene, mankind. laurel ['lɔ:əl]

     Melpomene [mel'pɔmini]

    Billet does not rhyme with ballet,

     bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet. billet ['bɪlɪt]

    Blood and flood are not like food, rhyme [raim]

     bouquet [bu'kei]

     nor is mould like should and would. chalet ['ʃælei]

    Viscous, viscount, load and broad, viscous ['viskəs]

     toward, to forward, to reward. viscount ['vaikaunt] And your pronunciation's OK croquet ['krəukei]

     when you correctly say croquet, grieve [gri:v] Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve, sieve [siv]

     friend and fiend, alive and live. fiend [fi:nd]

     Ivy, privy, famous; clamour

     and enamour rhyme with hammer.

    River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb, Sea, idea, Korea, area,

     doll and roll and some and home. psalm, Maria, but malaria. Stranger does not rhyme with anger, Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.

     neither does devour with clangour. doctrine, turpentine, marine. Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,

     font, front, wont, want, grand, and Compare alien with Italian, grant, dandelion and battalion. Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger, Sally with ally, yea, ye,

     and then singer, ginger, linger, eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key. Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and Say aver, but ever, fever, gauge, neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.

     Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age. Heron, granary, canary.

     crevice and device and aerie. Query does not rhyme with very,

     nor does fury sound like bury. Face, but preface, not efface. Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth. Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass,

     Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath. bass.

    Though the differences seem little, Large, but target, gin, give, verging,

     we say actual but victual. Ought, out, joust and scour, Refer does not rhyme with deafer. scourging.

     Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer. Ear, but earn and wear and tear Mint, pint, senate and sedate; do not rhyme with here but ere.

     dull, bull, and George ate late. Seven is right, but so is even,

     hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen, Scenic, Arabic, Pacific, Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,

     science, conscience, scientific. ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and Liberty, library, heave and heaven, work.

     Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.

    We say hallowed, but allowed, Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!

     people, leopard, towed, but vowed. Is a paling stout and spikey? Mark the differences, moreover, Won't it make you lose your wits,

     between mover, cover, clover; writing groats and saying grits? Leeches, breeches, wise, precise, It's a dark abyss or tunnel:

     chalice, but police and lice; Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, Camel, constable, unstable, gunwale,

     principle, disciple, label. Islington and Isle of Wight,

     housewife, verdict and indict. Petal, panel, and canal,

     wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal. Finally, which rhymes with enough -- Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair, Though, through, plough, or dough,

    senator, spectator, mayor. or cough?

    Tour, but our and succour, four. Hiccough has the sound of cup.

    gas, alas, and Arkansas. My advice is to give up!!!

query ['kwiəri] principle ['prinsəpl] chalice ['tʃælis]

    haunt [hɔ:nt] disciple [di'saipl] phlegm [flem]

    foliage ['fəuliidʒ] constable ['kʌnstəbl] phlegmatic [fleg'mætik]

    gauze [gɔ:z] turpentine ['tə:pəntain] hiccough ['hikʌp]

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