Fancy yourself a master of the modern-day English language? As it ends up, just about 10% of the population has actually genuinely mastered the language that a lot of us utilize every day.
Any non-native English speaker will inform you that it is a complex language. I imply simply take a look at the words “dough” and “hard”. They are spelled almost similar with just the very first letter being various so how is it possible that they do not even from another location rhyme with one another?
Whether or not you were an egghead in school or could not await class to end, take a stab at the poem listed below. Just 10% of those who recite it can pronounce every word in it properly. It’s called The Chaos and was composed by Gerard Nolst Trenite in 1920.
The poem consists of around 800 examples of “irregular spelling” and has actually ended up being a favorite of English instructors who wish to journey up their trainees. Proceed and offer it a shot. Oh, and for included trouble, aim to read it as rapidly as possible. Best of luck! (And in case you do battle, there is a video on ways to properly check out the poem at the end.)
Dearest animal in Creation,
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Seems like remains, corps, horse and even worse.
It will keep you, Susy, hectic,
Make your head with heat grow woozy;
Tear in eye your gown you’ll tear.
Will I! Oh, hear my prayer,
Pray, console your caring poet,
Make my coat look brand-new, dear, stitch it?
Just compare heart, beard and heard,
Dies and word, diet plan and lord,
Sword and sward, keep and Britain,
( Mind the latter, how it’s composed!)
Made has not the noise of bade,
Say-said, pay-paid, laid, however plaid.
Now I certainly will not afflict you
With such words as ague and unclear,
But take care how you speak,
Say break, steak, however bleak and streak,
Previous, valuable; fuchsia, through;
Pipe, choir, dish and snipe,
Cloven, oven; how and low;
Script, invoice; shoe, poem, toe,
Hear me state, lacking hoax:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
Typhoid; measles, topsails, aisles;
Exiles, similes, reviles;
Wholly, holly; signal, finalizing;
Thames; analyzing, integrating;
Scholar, vicar and stogie,
Solar, mica, war and far.
From “desire”: desirable-admirable from “admire”;
Lumber, plumbing; bier however brier;
Chatham, brougham; renown however understood,
Knowledge; done, however gone and tone,
One, polyp; Balmoral;
Kitchen, lichen; laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German; wind and mind;
Scene, Melpomene, humanity;
Tortoise, blue-green, chamois-leather,
Reading, Reading, heathen, heather.
This phonetic maze
Offers moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.
Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet;
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like need to and would.
Banquet is not almost parquet,
Which is stated to rhyme with “darky”.
Viscous, viscount; load and broad;
Toward, to forward, to reward,
And your pronunciation’s O.K.
. When you state properly croquet;
Rounded, injured; grieve and screen;
Friend and fiend; live and alive;
Liberty, library; heave and paradise;
Rachel, pains, moustache; eleven.
We state hallowed, however permitted;
People, leopard; hauled, however swore
Mark the distinction, furthermore,
Between mover, plover, Dover,
Leeches, breeches; sensible, accurate;
Chalice however cops and louse.
Camel; constable, unsteady;
Principle, disciple; label;
Petal, chastening and canal;
Wait, speculate, plait, pledge; buddy.
Suit, suite, run, circuit, avenue
Rhyme with “shirk it” and “beyond it”,
But it is not difficult to inform,
Why it’s pall, shopping mall, however Pall Mall.
Muscle, muscular; gaol; iron;
Timber, climber; bullion, lion,
Worm and storm; chaise, turmoil, chair;
Senator, viewer, mayor.
Ivy, privy; popular, clamour
And enamour rhyme with “hammer.”
Pussy, hussy and have.
Desert, however dessert, address.
Golf, wolf; countenance; lieutenants
Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.
River, competitor; burial place, bomb, comb;
Doll and roll and some and house.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does feast on with clangour.
Soul, however gaunt and nasty, however auntie;
Font, front, wont; desire, grand, and, grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now initially state: finger,
And then: vocalist, ginger, stick around.
Real, passion; gauze, mauve and gauge;
Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.
Query does not rhyme with really,
Nor does fury seem like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, fabric, loth;
Job, Job, bloom, bosom, oath.
Though the distinction appears bit,
We state real, however victual,
Seat, sweat, chaste, caste; Leigh, 8, height;
Put, nut; granite, however unify.
Reefer does not rhyme with “deafer,”
Feoffer does, and breeze, heifer.
Dull, bull; Geoffrey, George; consumed, late;
Hint, pint; senate, however sedate;
Scenic, Arabic, pacific;
Science, conscience, clinical;
Tour, however our, and succour, 4;
Gas, alas and Arkansas!
Sea, concept, guinea, location,
Psalm; Maria, however malaria;
Youth, south, southern; clean and tidy;
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion,
Sally with ally; yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, secret, quay!
Say aver, however ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
Never guess-it is not safe;
We state calves, valves, half, however Ralf!
Heron; granary, canary;
Crevice, and gadget, and eyrie;
Face however beginning, however efface,
Phlegm, phlegmatic; ass, glass, bass;
Large, however target, gin, provide, verging;
Ought, out, joust and search, however scourging;
Ear, however make; and tear and use
Do not rhyme with “here”, however “ere”.
Seven is right, however so is even;
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen;
Monkey, donkey; clerk and jerk;
Asp, grasp, wasp; and cork and work.
Pronunciation-think of mind!-
Is a stout, spikey and paling ;
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing “groats” and stating groats?
It’s a dark void or tunnel,
Strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, decision and prosecute!
Don’t you believe so, reader, rather,
Saying soap, bather, daddy?
Finally: which rhymes with “enough,”
Though, through, till, cough, hough, or hard?
Hiccough has the noise of “cup”
My suggestions is-give it up!
Well, how did you do? Did you make it all the method through or, like 90% of the population, did you get puzzled and quit? A substantial congratulations to those who made it, and to those who didn’t, maybe it’s time to head back to school!
And if you do wish to hear the poem checked out aloud, enjoy the video listed below to see how close you came:
( Not going to lie, I didn’t even understand half of these words were even words!)