WPC – The Chaos – English Pronunciation

I must apologise for breaking the rules here. I have no photo to present, but the word chaos triggers memories of my studies of English phonetics at university. We were given this poem, thought up by G. Nolst Trenité, a Dutchman, and were told to transcribe it to the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). I had it on my professional website for a long time, as it wasn’t well-known then. This has changed by now, as you can watch several versions in various flavours of  English.

I never understood why the English language is considered easy by so many non-native speakers.

Here’s another link to the poem The Chaos.

Part of The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Chaos.

Thank you for stopping by.

P. S.

I’ve looked at quite a few other contributions now and must admit I’m utterly amazed. Apparently chaos (like beauty) lies in the eye of the beholder. I couldn’t find anything chaotic in most photos. It must be my attitude. Fair is foul and foul is fair…

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4 Antworten zu “WPC – The Chaos – English Pronunciation

  1. Great points – it’s not a language you can safely pronounce the way it looks! Another layer of English is dialect, so ‚garage‘ might not rhyme with ‚garage‘, depending on where you live. It’s hard to celebrate genuine chaos, so people are highlighting things that seem chaotic. I don’t see English as chaotic, just varied, but the weekly challenge is a great place for breaking rules!

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  2. What a great poem! I’ve never come across it before but i love it. I encapsulates much of my working life as I teach primary school children (in England) to read!

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  3. Brilliant!
    But very daunting.

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