Hints on pronounciation for foreigners

Interesting poem sent by Shafinaz on how to pronounce certain words..

Tq for the contribution Shafinaz…

Practise the following poem, which illustrates the irregular spelling
of English

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……..
well done! and now 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 our 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, 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 them up) and goose and choose
and 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? Man alive
I’d mastered it when I was five

I will teach you in my verse
Words like corps, corks, horse and worse
for this phonetic labyrinth
gives monkey, donkey, ninth and plinth
Wounded, rounded grieve and sieve
Friend and fiend, alive and live
Query does not rhyme with very
Nor does fury sound like bury
Dies and diet: lord and word
Earth and hearth and clerk and herd
Evil, devil, tomb, bomb, comb
Doll, roll, dull, bull, some and home
Finally – for I’ve said enough
Through, though, thorough, plough, cough, tough
while hiccough has the sound of cup………..

My advice is : GIVE IT UP