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    I take it you already know
    Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
    Others may stumble, but not you
    On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
    Well don't! 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,
    For goodness sake don't 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 as in mother
    Nor both as in bother, nor broth as 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, then thwart and cart,
    Come, come! I've hardly made a start.
    A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
    I learned to talk it when I was five.
    And yet to write it, the more I tried,
    I hadn't learned it at fifty-five.














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    Ellablue ơi,

    Bài này hay quá. Cho TA dùng khi có lớp nha?

    Life is short. Slow down and remember to smile.

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    Hi Tu An,

    It would be a pleasure if Tu An uses this poem for a class. That was one of the reasons why Ella posted it . It's cute and very educational don't you agree? *smile*....




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    This educational poem used to be posted in this forum, but I can't find it anymore. It might have been deleted, so I thought I'd bring it back for everyone to learn and enjoy.






    Dearest creature in creation,
    Studying English pronunciation.
    I will teach you in my verse
    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
    It will keep you , Susy, busy,
    Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
    Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
    So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
    Pray console your loving poet,
    Make my coat look new, dear, sew it.

    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.)
    Made has not the sound of bade,
    Say - said, pay - paid, laid, but plaid.
    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 sleeve,
    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 and clangour.
    Souls and 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.
    Foeffer 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;
    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?
    Hiccough has the sound of cup.
    My advice is to give up!










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    Here is more pronunciation.
    Ration never rhymes with nation,
    Say prefer, but preferable,
    Comfortable and vegetable.
    B must not be heard in doubt,
    Debt and dumb both leave it out.

    In the words psychology,
    Psychic, and psychiatry,
    You must never sound the p.
    Psychiatrist you call the man
    Who cures the complex, if he can.

    In architect chi is k
    In arch it is the other way.
    Please remember to say iron
    So that it'll rhyme with lion.
    Advertisers advertise,
    Advertisements will put you wise.

    Time when work is done is leisure,
    Fill it up with useful pleasure.
    Accidental, accident,
    Sound the g in ignorant.

    Relative, but relation,
    Then say creature, but creation.
    Say the a in gas quite short,
    Bought remember rhymes with thwart,

    Drought must always rhyme with bout,
    In daughter leave the gh out.
    Wear a boot upon your foot.
    Root can never rhyme with soot.

    In muscle, sc is s,
    In muscular, it's sk, yes!
    Choir must always rhyme with wire,
    That again will rhyme with liar.

    Then remember it's address.
    With an accent like posses.
    G in sign must silent be,
    In signature, pronounce the g.

    Please remember, say towards
    Just as if it rhymed with boards.
    Weight's like wait, but not like height.
    Which should always rhyme with might.

    Sew is just the same as so,
    Tie a ribbon in a bow.
    When You meet the queen you bow,
    Which again must rhyme with how.

    In perfect English make a start.
    Learn this little rhyme by heart.

    Life is short. Slow down and remember to smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellableu View Post

    I take it you already know
    Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
    Others may stumble, but not you
    On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
    Well don't! 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,
    For goodness sake don't 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 as in mother
    Nor both as in bother, nor broth as 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, then thwart and cart,
    Come, come! I've hardly made a start.
    A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
    I learned to talk it when I was five.
    And yet to write it, the more I tried,
    I hadn't learned it at fifty-five.




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    Bài của sis TuAn .


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    Hello, everyone!
    Susy - What does it mean? thanks