Spelling, grammar and----Pronunciation.

Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:08 am

Just a little aside, changing from spelling to pronunciation, a little ditty that I used to use when I was teaching English to French kids, hope that it hits the tickle button:-

CORK and WORK and CARD and WARD !

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.
I write, in case 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 sake 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, nor broth in brother.
Here is not a match for there, nor dear for bear, or fear for pear.
There’s dose and rose, goose and choose, and cork and work, card and ward,
font and front, word and sword, do and go and thwart and cart…………..


Come come, I’ve barely made a start!

A DREADFUL LANGUAGE?

Man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five!

Best Wishes
Pat

Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:05 am

Pat, Good to see you on the Forum. Been way too long since you've posted. You must be keeping busy?

Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:51 am

Pat how did you make out with the house you were fixing up for your daughter?
Bill

Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:43 am

Yikes, guess it is kinda' confusing. Great to see you back :D . You've been missed.


Rick

Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:52 am

Hi Pat, glad to see you back. Merry Christmas. I agree with Rick, you have been missed.

Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:36 pm

Merry christmas to you Pat, gald you are BACK, and yes you have been missed.

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:16 pm

OWWWW! My brain hurts! Good to see you again, Pat.

Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:28 pm

Egads! With all the Geman and French and Latin influences, English could be much worse if Asian languages mixed into it. If that happens, it's all Greek to me.

Engrish

Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:32 am

Some very funny uses of the language, http://www.engrish.com/ , How do you do Pat, I took 3 years of French in high school, visited France, 1 more yr in college remember none of it. Do remember the language made much more sense than english.

Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:47 am

I tried to read this aloud to my wife. What a TONGUE TWISTER! It is a wonder that any of our kids learn to talk at all! (some still don't do it well!)

Great to hear from you again Pat!

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: Spelling, grammar and----Pronunciation.

Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:04 am

Patbretagne wrote:Just a little aside, changing from spelling to pronunciation, a little ditty that I used to use when I was teaching English to French kids, hope that it hits the tickle button:-

CORK and WORK and CARD and WARD !

Best Wishes
Pat


The difference between loose (rhymes with goose)and lose (rhymes with news) is probably the hardest to grasp.