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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 29, 2013 at 9:56 am
    Link: English Pronunciation - Have fun completing this! It`s a good one...
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    MelCervini Female 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:02 am
    thanks to my English-major mother, (and her wooden spoon) I got them all lol
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    10Bears Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:05 am
    broken link. I get a login page!
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    KitFox Female 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:06 am
    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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    madduck Female 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:08 am
    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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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:16 am
    I can *pronounciate* them all!
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:19 am
    I speak English, so I find reading English to be pretty easy.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:35 am
    facade, parade
  9. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:36 am
    No problem.
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:41 am
    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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    Byfield Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:46 am
    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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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:00 am
    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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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:02 am
    No andrew. You speak American English. its different. Both in spelling and pronunciation.
  14. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    TLDR
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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:19 am
    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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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:26 am
    I tripped up on anemone, but that`s not a surprise. I have an absolute blind spot for that word.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 11:45 am
    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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    kvetcher Male 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    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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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    aint nobody got time for that.
  20. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Didn`t rhyme.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    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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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm
    You should always know anemonie when you see one.
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    If you`re not from the ghetto or the south, you should have no problem with this.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    May 29, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    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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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    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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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    May 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    Andrew155,
    Actually, I think Alabama and Boston DO speak different languages!
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    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    May 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    english is a bastard of low german, latin and french.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    @Justin9235 Oh, and with you`re lovely Midwest accent, you had no problem pronouncing all of these worlds correctly. Right.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    Yea ok but french speakers are generally terrible at english.
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm
    I`m with Gerry on this one.
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    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
    355 posts
    May 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    Posthumus.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    May 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    I pronounce everything properly, cause I have a perfect accent for pronoucing everything correctly.
  33. Profile photo of LandoGriffin
    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    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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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    May 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    @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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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3234 posts
    May 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    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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    davymid Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    I nailed it, while reading it aloud, first time. But then the school I went to was basically Hogwarts.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    May 30, 2013 at 1:38 am
    walk in the park for a Blighty !!
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    kvetcher Male 50-59
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    May 30, 2013 at 2:54 am
    @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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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
    1983 posts
    May 30, 2013 at 2:55 am
    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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    lifeavoidit Male 30-39
    267 posts
    May 30, 2013 at 7:34 am
    Em was that meant to be difficult?
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
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    May 30, 2013 at 11:04 am
    Yeah, this was no problem.... actually I had a lot of fun reading it out loud to myself!
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    May 30, 2013 at 11:49 am
    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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    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    May 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    Well, that was fun! Or so I think. Would anyone like a drink?
  44. Profile photo of keith2
    keith2 Male 30-39
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    June 1, 2013 at 6:08 am
    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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