Thursday, April 17, 2014

English Pronunciation

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
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.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
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 plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with 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, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt 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, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité

Source:  thepoke.co.uk

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Great Lesson On Stress



A young woman confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Half empty, of half full?” She fooled them all. How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. she replied.


“The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it the heavier it becomes.”


She continued, “and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.”


“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When were refreshed, we can carry on the burden-holding stress longer and better each time practiced.


So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.

I Can't Make..,



I can't make the raging sea, but God can;
I can't make honey like a bee, but God can.
I can't make the lightning stop;
I can't make earth produce a crop;
I can't make it rain a drop, but God can.
Sometimes I wonder in His plan why He included me.
But then I think how one small acorn made the big oak tree.
I can't make the morning dew;
I can't make the skies turn blue,
I can't make a dream come true, but God can.

I can't make a simple cloud, but God can,
I can't feed a hungry crowd, but God can.
I can't put corn on the stalk;
I can't make the lame to walk;
I can't make the dumb to talk, but God can.
Sometimes I wonder in His plan why He included me.
But then I think how one small acorn made the big oak tree.
God will give the strength we lack,
Follow on and don't look back.
Sometimes we can't see the track, but God can.

I can't tell when friends are true, but God can.
I can't look inside of you, but God can.
I can't turn darkness into light;
I can't make mountains snowy white;
I can't give blinded eyes their sight, but God can.
Our great men show their might, power on land and in the skies,
But science can't produce one thing that lives and breathes and dies.
I don't know just what's in store;
I can't see through Heaven's door;
I can't tell you any more, but God can.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

9 Year Old Takes The Stage...Stuns The Crowd With What She Did Next

Amira Willighagen was the last audition in Holland's Got Talent 2013. From the time she opens her mouth, the first reaction: WHAT?



Source: youtube.com

The Judges Doubted Her In Front Of The Crowd, But She Blew Them Away!

Never judge a book by its cover. From the beginning, it was clear the judges lacked confidence in this 14-year-old contestant, but she blew them away from the moment she sang her song.



Source:   sftimes.co

Watch What This Nun Does To These Men. Hilarious!

A nun carries a heavy box into the parking lot. Strong, able men offer to help her carry the box, but somehow can't. This nun has "God's strength." You will want to see the reaction from these men.



Source:  sftimes.co