Gerard Nolst Trenité - The Chaos (1922)Dearest creature in creationStudying English pronunciation,I will teach you in my verseSounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.I will keep you, Susy, busy,Make your head with heat grow dizzy;Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear;Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.Pray, console your loving poet,Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!Just compare heart, hear 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 youWith such words as vague and ague,But be careful how you speak,Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak ,Previous, precious, fuchsia, viaRecipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir;Woven, oven, how and low,Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.Say, expecting fraud and trickery:Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,Branch, ranch, measles, topsails, aisles,Missiles, similes, reviles.Wholly, holly, signal, signing,Same, examining, but mining,Scholar, vicar, and cigar,Solar, mica, war and far.From "desire": desirable-admirable from "admire",Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier,Topsham, brougham, renown, but known,Knowledge, done, lone, gone, none, tone,One, anemone, Balmoral,Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel.Gertrude, German, wind and wind,Beau, kind, kindred, queue, mankind,Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,Reading, Reading, heathen, heather.This phonetic labyrinthGives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.Have you ever yet endeavouredTo pronounce revered and severed,Demon, lemon, ghoul, foul, soul,Peter, petrol and patrol?Billet does not end like ballet;Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.Blood and flood are not like food,Nor is mould like should and would.For the entire poem click here http://www.facebook.com/AcademiaEsl/posts/531361356909842 or http://ncf.idallen.com/english.html
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  • Just hearing the recording by Ohnie has already make my brain and tongue twisted.  She's doing it amazing! Many words I have not familiar yet, and I realize that I pronounce it totally  wrong, haha... There's my name in the poet btw. I'll try it... someday. Thanks Dayne!

  • Thank you so much teacher. Yeah, It's really not easy. 

  • Enjoy!
    Thanks for the related links too. Brilliant
  • Thank
    s Dayne I love it, I'm going to practicee this poem to improve my pronunciation!!
  • yeah...This is amazing poem to improve pronunciation....but, It's really not easy...thank u so much

  •           Hi my friend Dayen, thanks for the poem, really I learned several new words from it. Thanks again.

  • This is a wonderful poem to improve pronunciation. I published it here a few months ago and on my blog, almost all words are linked to dictionary.

    http://my.englishclub.com/profiles/blogs/the-chaos-by-gerard-nolst-...

  • It is not going anywhere, you can try it on Tuesday afternoon if you like.
  • Tongue twister in the early Tuesday morning???? ...Hmmmm ...

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