“The Chaos” (English pronunciation poem) in a British accent (with subtitles / captions)


Hello! My name is Chris. Welcome to Learn
British English Free on YouTube. In this lesson, I’m going to read a special
poem called “The Chaos”. I’ve tried it before – you can check the
channel for that. It was quite bad – I made many mistakes
because this poem is about words which are difficult to pronounce because they
are spelt irregularly, so it’s about the way we can spell words
in a different way and we can never be sure what the right pronunciation
is. You can read with me using the captions or
subtitles at the bottom. I’m going to start reading “The Chaos”
now. Good luck – to you and me. 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, won’t, 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, cough or tough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup. My advice is to give up!!! That was “The Chaos”, a poem written to
challenge us with English pronunciation. I did my research, it is 100% correct! If
it’s not, you can tell me. There is a longer version, I might try to
do it in the future. Please subscribe to Learn British English
Free on YouTube and you will watch it if I post it in the
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rest of your English studies. See you next time. Goodbye.

7 thoughts on ““The Chaos” (English pronunciation poem) in a British accent (with subtitles / captions)

  1. Thank u Chris! I am looking forward to hearing the longer version! This reading helps me a lot! Take care

  2. The funny thing is “The Chaos” was written by a non-native speaker of English 🙂 lovely accent by the way!

  3. thank you so much for this amazing video, especially for your brilliant enunciation of the words!

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