Incomparabila pronuntie a limbii engleze

Pentru ca unii dintre colaboratorii de la traduceri resurse educationale Craiova au lucrat candva si in invatamant, isi aduc aminte de simpaticele chinuri ale celor care se straduiau sa pronunte cuvintele limbii engleze. Ca o compensatie pentru chinurile tuturor care au fost dezorientati de varietatea pronuntiei acelorasi grupuri de litere, traducatorii de resurse educationale Craiova le ofera un minunat poem intitulat “When The English Tongue We Speak”, scris de Lord Cromer in 1902:

When the English tongue we speak.

Why is break not rhymed with freak?

Will you tell me why it’s true

We say sew but likewise few?

And the maker of the verse,

Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?

Beard is not the same as heard

Cord is different from word.

Cow is cow but low is low

Shoe is never rhymed with foe.

Think of hose, dose, and lose

And think of goose and yet with choose

Think of comb, tomb and bomb,

Doll and roll or home and some.

Since pay is rhymed with say

Why not paid with said I pray?

Think of blood, food and good.

Mould is not pronounced like could.

Wherefore done, but gone and lone –

Is there any reason known?

To sum up all, it seems to me

Sound and letters don’t agree.

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