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Pronunciation Practice (2015-05-22 22:10:19)

The best way to use this poem to practice/test your pronunciation is to:


 


1. Read the poem out loud [speaking]. Do your best to read with a good rhythm as it will help your pronunciation.


 


2. Look at the definitions of any of the bolded words below that you don’t know.


 


3. Listen closely to my recording of the poem while you read along. Do your best to notice any errors you made in pronunciation.


 


4. Read the poem out loud again. Focusing on speaking with the same rhythm and flow as the native speaker.


 


5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you can read the poem flawlessly [without making any mistakes]


 


6. Study the poem more carefully, examining the strange pronunciation of the words.


 


The Poem

 

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.

 

 

 

And cork and work and card and ward

 

And font and front and word and sword

 

Well done! And now if 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 sakes 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 in mother,

 

Nor both in bother, broth in brother.

 

 

 

And here is not a match for there,

 

And 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 do and go, then thwart and cart.

 

Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!

 

A dreadful language? Man alive!

 

I’d mastered it when I was five.

 

Vocabulary


 


I take it – I assume


 


Tough – strong, difficult to break


 


Bough – a main branch of a tree (uncommon)


 


Cough – to shoot air out from your lungs with a harsh sound, generally when sick.


 


Dough – the mixture of ingredients used to make bread, before being cooked


 


Stumble – make mistakes while speaking


 


Hiccough – an involuntary spasm that makes a funny noise and is almost impossible to stop. (See video)


 


Thorough – when something is done carefully and completely


 


Cork – the brown stopper in the top of a wine bottle


 


Ward – a room for patients in a hospital


 


Font – a type/style of text. Examples: Times New Roman, Arial, Georgia, etc.


 


Dreadful – extremely bad


 


Bead – a small piece of glass, stone, or other material, usually round and used in jewelry or clothing.


 


For goodness sakes – to be surprised or annoyed by something


 


Deed – a brave or noble act


 


Threat – promising to inflict pain, injury, or death to someone


 


Suite – a fancy room in a hotel


 


Debt – when you owe money to someone


 


Moth – a colorless butterfly (see photo)


 


Bother – to annoy someone


 


Broth – the liquid part of a soup


 


Dose – a quantity of medicine or drug


 


Rose – a beautiful flower (see photo)


 


Goose – a large white bird, similar to a duck (see photo)


 


Thwart – to prevent someone from accomplishing something


 


Cart – a vehicle used for carrying stuff.


 


Man alive - used to express shock (not very common)


 


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