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Dearest Creature - Chaos

We are going to test your knowledge of irregular and strange spellings in English. We will ask you to match some highlighted word spellings to the 44 basic sounds of English. For example the word plait (refering to hair) matches the sound @cat Write the matching sound in capital letters. EG: Flea => TREE. It is useful to learn these keywords so that tutors can refer directly to sounds without having to write phonetic symbols, which are not easy to type on a computer keyboard.
Note: The letter -e at the end of a word, when preceded by a consonant letter can change the vowel sounds that come before it. Eg Tap, tape. Hat, hate. Rat, rate. In English the pattern of letters affects the sound, but there is no fixed sound for each letter a-z.

1 Horse

Tricky Poem

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in this verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
The vowel sound worse matches the keyword ____________

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2 Horse
audio You will gain a lust for busyness,
Make your head with heat suffer dizziness.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
The vowel sound in "Tear in eye matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Your dress will tear matches the keyword ____________

3
audio 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.)
The vowel sound in "Dies" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Beard matches the keyword ____________

4
audio Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and argue.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
The vowel sound in "Plaque matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Plague matches the keyword ____________

5
audio Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
The vowel sound in "Oven" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Receipt matches the keyword ____________

6
audio Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and chicory,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
The vowel sound in "Daughter" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Laughter matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Exiles matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "Smiles matches the keyword ____________

7
audio Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
The vowel sound in "War" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "far" matches the keyword ____________

8
audio Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, mollifying mankind.
The vowel sound in "Wind" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "kind" matches the keyword ____________

9
audio Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
The vowel sound in "Blood" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "flood" matches the keyword ____________

10
audio Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
The vowel sound in "load" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "broad" matches the keyword ____________

11
audio Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
The vowel sound in "grieve" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "sieve" matches the keyword ____________

12
audio Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
The vowel sound in "River" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "rival" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "tomb" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "bomb" matches the keyword ____________

13
audio Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
The vowel sound in "haunt" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "aunt" matches the keyword ____________

14
audio Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
The vowel sound in "shoes" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "goes" matches the keyword ____________

15
audio Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
The vowel sound in "job" matches the keyword ____________
The vowel sound in "bosom" matches the keyword ____________

16
audio Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

17 Sedate
audio Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

18
audio Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
people, leopard, towed, but vowed.

19
audio Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;

20
audio Camel, constable, unstable,
principle, disciple, label.

21
audio petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.

22
audio Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
psalm, Maria, but malaria.

23
audio Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

24
audio Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye for aye, whey and key.

25
audio Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

26
audio Face, but preface, not efface.
phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.

27
audio 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,

28
audio Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

29
audio pronunciation -- think of psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?

30
audio It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

31
audio Finally, which rhymes with enough
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

32
audio take note whether you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough from Slough and through.
Well done! And now you wish perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?

33
audio 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'!

34
audio 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, or brother,
And here is not a match for there,

35
audio Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there's doze 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-

36
audio Come, I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I'd learned to speak it when I was five!
And yet to write it, the more I sigh,
I'll not learn how 'til the day I die.

37
audio Read a word to the class and ask them to write it with the correct spelling and then to read back the spelling to you to check.

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