Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh teacher!

Isn't the English language remarkable? It is versatile and elegant, but it is also confusing and can be very difficult to spell. I pity the poor teachers who have to drum the inconsistencies into us so that we can spell correctly. Heaven help those who have English as a second language. I take my hat off to you all!

I spotted this poem over at Keriths Korner, and it summarises my feelings exactly.

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 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, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear for pear and bear.
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, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Man alive,
I’d mastered it when I was five!
—-Anonymous

2 comments:

Mad Cow said...

Ah, that is brilliant!!!

And quite possibly explains my current state of insanity, having nearly got through the first two years of school readers, and another up and coming!

Thanks for sharing - I love it!

Nicole said...

WOW... what a mouth full and yes, it is difficult for those that speak English as a second language. Definitely my hats off to them too.
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