English Pronunciation [Pic]

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Male 2,591
Could... not.. read.. sooo boring. Yes we get it: unless you`re a native speaker of English, you`ll definitely mess this one up big time.
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Female 2,691
Well, that was fun! Or so I think. Would anyone like a drink?
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Male 2,711
The only two I didn`t get were "loth" (never seen it before, is it archaic for loath?) and "Fe0ffer" (again, never heard of such a thing, and with a "zero" in the middle?!?) I know of fiefs and fiefdoms, but Fe0ffer? :-/
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Female 2,415
Yeah, this was no problem.... actually I had a lot of fun reading it out loud to myself!
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Male 267
Em was that meant to be difficult?
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Male 1,983
Um, anyone who ever learned to read at a grade school level should have no problem with this whatsoever.

There wasn`t a word on there that I haven`t seen on a spelling test given prior to the 6th grade.

What`s wrong with America that ANYONE would think this difficult?
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Male 213
@LandoGriffin
Another example from the world of work:
So, if you resign, you`re outgoing, retiring. But in personality terms, you are either outgoing or retiring.
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Male 13,630
walk in the park for a Blighty !!
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Male 12,138
I nailed it, while reading it aloud, first time. But then the school I went to was basically Hogwarts.
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Male 3,646
Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo.


I had trouble with some words that I didn`t know, but I got about 95% of the poem pronounced correctly.
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Male 2,436
@bacon pie: The "Midwest accent" is really no accent at all. It`s pretty much considered neutral or the General American accent. It`s the accent of newscasters.
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Male 3,842
OK, here`s another one: the headlines today state "Bloomberg sent poisoned letters in mail"

So, did Bloomberg SEND someone poisoned letters in the mail, or did he RECEIVE the poisoned letters?

And, in terms of words that mean their own opposite:

My contract expired yesterday. The company has offered me a new contract at a reduced salary. I am going to resign.
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Female 4,408
I pronounce everything properly, cause I have a perfect accent for pronoucing everything correctly.
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Female 355
Posthumus.
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Male 1,240
I`m with Gerry on this one.
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Male 2,332
Yea ok but french speakers are generally terrible at english.
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Male 3,060
@Justin9235 Oh, and with you`re lovely Midwest accent, you had no problem pronouncing all of these worlds correctly. Right.
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Male 1,364
english is a bastard of low german, latin and french.
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Male 6,077
Andrew155,
Actually, I think Alabama and Boston DO speak different languages!
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Male 3,842
I thought I was going to get 100% but then I came across "Terpsichore" and have absolutely no idea what that is. Then I saw how long it was and decided I wasn`t going to get 100% so I stopped there.

But my problem with the English language is words that mean their own opposite. If you "sanction" something, do you approve of it, or do you disapprove of it? If Wednesday`s meeting is "moved ahead two days" is it on Monday or Friday?
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Male 40,728
I did some of it, pretty well, then I saw how LONG it was...

NEXT!

It`s cleaver, but to long by fair. (sic)
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Male 1,582
If you`re not from the ghetto or the south, you should have no problem with this.
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Male 7,123
You should always know anemonie when you see one.
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Male 2,578
Teddyboy, American English is still English. Spelling is barely different. Legalize/legalise, color/colour doesn`t qualify for a separate language. And if pronunciation mattered, then Alabama and Boston would speak different languages.

But I believe in a big tent and a celebration of the language, so I consider us all English speakers. Yes, even Australians, too. I would expect someone who presumably has a hard-on for multiculturalism such as yourself to not be such a linguistic nationalist.
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Male 39,890

Didn`t rhyme.
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Male 3,670
aint nobody got time for that.
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Male 213
Brilliant, but there is another poem to be written on the nine different ways to pronounce -ough.
And East Anglian place-name pronunciation.
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Female 8,045
Musoko- try the tongue twister ` My enemy, Anemone` - get the hand of that and you will never trip again. It is quite easy but it kinds trains the brain for it!
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Male 2,850
I tripped up on anemone, but that`s not a surprise. I have an absolute blind spot for that word.
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Male 1,059
Chalet is French, and croquet is likewise closely derived from French. But I guess that`s kind of the problem. English is originally Germanic, but received a strong influence of French (Romance) as a consequence of England being conquered by the Gauls. So you get much of the simplicity in form and grammar of German with a lot of the more flowery and poetic spellings and pronunciations of French. It`s definitely a hodge-podge. Throw in more modern American additions coming from Yiddish, Irish, Italian and other groups and you get this wonderful melting pot of nonsensical exceptions and idioms. Clearly the least "pure" language in the world, but also the most diverse.
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Male 39,890

TLDR
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Male 3,285
No andrew. You speak American English. its different. Both in spelling and pronunciation.
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Male 7,774
There were two I didn`t know the meaning of and only one of those I struggled to pronounce. I haz a smug.
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Male 464
Somne of the words are a bit tricky because they arent in common usage - these tend to follow general pronunciation guidelines though. Good old phonetics.
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Male 2,548
I was reading in an audible whisper and started laughing by how silly it felt to read, "Eye, I, ay, aye..."

Used to have problems with `sieve` and I still slip up sometimes.
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Male 7,123
No problem.
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Male 2,145
facade, parade
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Male 2,578
I speak English, so I find reading English to be pretty easy.
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Male 6,077
I can *pronounciate* them all!
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Female 8,045
Easy, just mind your annunciation- it tries to trick you as does a tongue twister. I speak crisp RP- thus this holds no fears!
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Female 595
I`m sorry, was this supposed to be hard? I guess I`m the 10% of Americans who can actually speak/read English
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Male 488
broken link. I get a login page!
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Female 4,402
thanks to my English-major mother, (and her wooden spoon) I got them all lol
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Female 8,043
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