1. Considering the pronunciation of laugh, women, and nation, how would you pronounce.
2. Considering the pronunciation of 周omas (or thyme), weigh, school, glamour, and handsome (or
handkerchief), what English word might be spelled.
3. Considering the pronunciation of said, pneumonia, of, action, belle, dough, and shepherd, what
English word might be spelled.
周e poem below is full of sound/symbol surprises in English.
I take it you already know.
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Some falter, (but I think not you).
On hiccough, thorough, tough and through.
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word,
周at 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
周ey rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
A moth is not the moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother;
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear—
And then there’s dose and rose and lose;
Just look these up, with goose and choose.
Now, cork and work; and card and ward;
And font and front; and word and sword;
And do and go; and thwart and cart—
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Sakes alive!
I’d mastered it when I was ﬁve!