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Take the test: how to pronounce words in English

the-poke-logo.gifBritish website The Poke (slogan time well wasted) posted a poem containing most of the pronunciation variances you're ever likely to encounter in speaking English. "If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world," says the site. "After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud."

Sample:

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.

Go give it a try.


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