As a non native in the English language I sometimes have difficulties to understand what some natives in the language try to say or write. Now I know why...
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 itís 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 pronunciationís 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. Feffer 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? Wonít it make you lose your wits, Writing groats and saying grits? Itís 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.
Thank you for that. Is it your own work? I would like to give proper credit when I pass it along to all my friends who have mocked me for not being able to spell. I keep saying "You either know how to fix things or you know how to spell, you don't get both!"
Please do not believe anything I write. I am a hack but I like to guess the right answers.
In my current project at a group of shipyards I sometimes sit in meetings with designers (naval systems) and naval architects from my country, from China, Romania, Poland, Ukraine. The discussions are in what the different nationalities call English... Hilarious.
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When I was working in Turkey I was with a fellow Texan that constantly used idioms. Fortunately there was one Turk that had gone to school here and spoke flawless English. I think he spent much of our conversations translating...
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Well i,ll be off to the BSA clubmeet tonight at Luddesdowm..pronounced ludsden which is near a place called trotterscliffe...pronounced trossley and of course i come from the saxon village of cucklestone named after cucola an ale swirling chieftan..now called cuxton...thats the english lingo for ya..its all them interbreds,normans,saxons,picts and martas, vikings,gauls,uncle tom cobleigh an all....
I don't want klompen. They make to much noise when you come home late...
The to and too is an issue I'm glade natives in English wrestle with to; not only foreigners for whom it is to late to go back to school.
We had a Vietnamese engineer here today. Smart chap who, after the meeting, over a small refreshment, complained about the english of the Dutch engineering manager of the Dutch site. Which reminded me of a Chinese fitter on board of my first ship in 1971. He complained about my school English to the chief engineer: thissy one appleticy no speeky the engrissy...
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Originally Posted By: Ger
Which reminded me of a Chinese fitter on board of my first ship in 1971. He complained about my school English to the chief engineer: thissy one appleticy no speeky the engrissy...
Ger-that cracked me up. It reminds me of a Chinese restaurant menu when I was a kid where they had Shirley Tempos instead of Shirley Temples--a type of drink. In our field we get archaeologist vs. archeologist, and artefact vs. artifact.