the poke.co.uk invites you to test your skills with “English Pronunciation,” a poem that highlights the myriad nuances in spelling and pronunciation in the English language. See below for a sample:
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.)
For full effect, be sure to read the entire poem aloud. I would be most interested in hearing this read by an Aussie and a Brit, to hear the differences between the three major English dialects.