British English Pronunciation Poem (with captions)


Hello and welcome, everybody. In order to get the most out of this lesson,
please enable “English — Chris” captions to read my words on your screen. I’m Chris from England and this is for Mojtaba
Yaghoubi and the Facebook page … at address www.facebook.com/avaltc I’ve made more than 100 free English lessons,
please check my channel to see them and subscribe for new ones. This short lesson is to give you a chance
to hear me reading a confusing poem which should help you with
British English pronunciation. Please read the words on the screen to follow
it. Unfortunately, this poem is anonymous so we
don’t know who wrote it. I’m from England, so what you’re hearing today
is a southern English accent. Here then is the poem, I hope you like it: I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough 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, 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’m sure that was nice and easy for you. Thanks to Mojtaba Yaghoubi and his Facebook
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England. Take care. I will see you next time.

18 thoughts on “British English Pronunciation Poem (with captions)

  1. Yes, try to hear and speak as much colloquial English as possible.

  2. As a punishment for talking too much in class, my lecturer made me read out this poem loud and I made it. 😀 it was tough, though.

  3. Thanks for this option to enable the captions, but I'll prefer listen this video without captions to improve my listening. So, your videos are more useful.

  4. If you keep talking too much, your English will improve more and more. Haha!

  5. Great poem for practise pronunciation. With the captions I can understand much more. Thanks Chris!

  6. I love it! The poem and your accent! Are you available for Skype sessions? Btw, I live in South England now, precisely in Guildford, Surrey. Perhaps, we could meet and you could teach me South England English accent 😉

  7. Hello, cheers for that. I live in Cambridge but I don't teach online, however I know other British teachers who do and I can put you in contact with them if you are interested. Please let me know.

  8. Yeah, why not. If they do it for free as well, fine. I work as language assistant at a school and the salary is fine, but not much 😉

  9. Few years ago, when I the first time heard your interpretation, it encouraged me to do some work on my pronunciation. I would love to know your opinion https://youtu.be/floqbb2PW1M

  10. I wonder how many times I should practice to master it to your level… probably more than 300 times?

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