I Secretly

With just three-ish more weeks left to go I decided to get TESOL (ESL/EFL teaching) certified. You know, just in time to leave my current post as an ESL teacher. To be honest, it’s probably better this way – I’m beginning to understand why people who come here who are TESOL certified go a little crazy.

Since I don’t have time for real posts right now, here’s a poem by George Bernard Shaw (I secretly ❤ him, too) that was in the unit about intonation and pronunciation. Read it aloud. It’s fabulous fun.

Hints on Pronunciation for Foreigners

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 bear and pear,
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.

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2 Responses to I Secretly

  1. kim says:

    While Vietnamese tones are hard for people to pick up, once you learn them you can read any word cause all words follow the rules. English is hard!

  2. Audrey says:

    True story! Japanese is the same way. It doesn’t even have tones. My Japanese teacher in college told me that Japanese people worked so hard in life that they got really lazy when it came to language. Lol…I don’t know what that says about Brits.

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