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October 14, 2016
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This tongue-twisting poem might seem easy at first but it is bound to leave you stumped
It puts even fluent speakers' pronunciation to the test (and it's harder than it looks!)
The poem is from 1922 and is called "The Chaos" by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité
English is a tricky language filled with silent letters, random vowel sounds and sometimes apparently no logic.
Now a poem that aims to test an English speaker's skill with the language has resurfaced on the web.
According to the author, Dutch poet Gerard Nolst Trenité, only a true Englishman can pronounce all of the words in his 1922 tongue-twister.
The ridiculously long poem, that has been rediscovered online, contains around 800 bizarre irregularities in the English Language.
A traveller and teacher, Dr. Gerard demonstrated the complexities of our language and shows the differences between English spelling and pronunciation.
Although it might seem easy at first, it contains several traps to trip up even the most confident - and even native - English speaker.
If you manage to pronounce all of the words correctly then you'll be a verified master of the English language!
Are you ready to put your English to the test? See if you can read this entire work without making a mistake
Below are the first few verses. For the complete version, download the PDF version by clicking here and check to see if your pronunciation stands up with the best by watching the video.
THE CHAOS by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité
Dearest creature in creationStudying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy,Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,Make my coat look new, dear, sew it! Just compare heart, hear and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word.
Sword and sward, retain and Britain(Mind the latter how it's written). Made has not the sound of bade, Say-said, pay-paid, laid but plaid.