Exercice de prononciation:
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;
Just compare heart, beard and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word.
Sword and sward, retain and Britain,
(Mind the latter how it's written)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague.
But be careful how you speak,
Say break, steak, bleak and streak,
Cloven, cover; how and low,
Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.
Friend and fiend; alive and live,
Liberty, library; heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache; moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed but not allowed,
People, leopard; towed but vowed,
Mark the difference morevover
Between mover, plover, Dover;
Leeches, breeches; wise, precise,
Chaliced but police and lice.
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label,
Penal, petal and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal;
Worm and storm; chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Ivy, privy; famous, clamour;
And enamour rhymes with hammer;
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Ear but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with hear and ere;
Seven is right but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephen, Stephen;
Monkey, donkey, clerk and kerk,
Asp, grasp, wasp and worm and work.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine;
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion;
Sally with ally; yea, ye,
Eye, I, Ay, aye, whey, key, quay.
Pronunciation – think of Psyche –
Is a paling stout and spiky?
One may well say our tongue is tough –
My advice is: Give it up...
Stranger does not rhyme is anger;
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, german, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not sound like 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 and reward.
Your pronunciation is O.K.
When you correctly say croquet.
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sleeve,
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific
Science, conscience, scientific.
Tour, but our and succour, four,
Gas and alas and Arkansas...
Sea, idea, guinea, area,
Psalm, Maria but malaria;
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
Soul but foul, and gaunt 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 and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth,
Job, Job, bosun, oath;
Though the difference seems little,
We say actual but victual;
Refer does not rhyme with deafer,
Zephyr does and so does heifer.
Pull, dull and George, ate late,
Mint, pint, senate and sedate
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