Feb 18

“I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough?”

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!


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  1. João Leite

    Hi Chris,
    Well it’s a kind of a tongue twister poem just to train and release the tongue a little more natural.
    Yesterday I saw your video number 40 which I thought very important even with all knowledge I have about contractions and how to use them.
    I’ve just received an e-mail from Leeds of my friend. He’s coming to Brazil on october for two weeks of vacation. I might to see him in São Paulo before his trip to Salvador.
    Once again I really appreciate to read and listening everything from you. Tomorrow is my day off and I want to see a film about man who was a slave. I can’t remember now how to say it in English but I know you heard something about it.
    All the best and be happy.
    João Leite.

    1. ChrisWorkman

      Hi João, “Twelve Years a Slave” is the title. Thanks for your kind comment.

  2. João Leite

    Yeah man, That’s it. Have you seen it already?
    I’m curious to know something abou carnival in England. Maybe a topic for a new text. What do you think of it?
    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. ChrisWorkman

      Hi João, I don’t think carnivals are as popular in the UK as they are in Brazil! Unfortunately, there isn’t much to write about.

      Have a nice weekend too,


      1. João Leite

        As you know, brazilians dance a lot during those days, except us of the aviation who don’t have much time for that, and in my case for example, I have only one day off a week and a complete weekend every tow months, so I go to visit my mother in São Luis, an island of beautiful bbeaches wih a hospitable and friendly people. But this carnival if I had time, I’d love to rest some days reading my book, listening a good music and swimming in the sea every morning after my breakfast.. It’s a hard life, isn’t it?
        All the best,
        João Leite.

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