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January 05, 2013

Phonetics And Poetry

English is a baffling language for many reasons. The multiple sources of words and word roots contribute to the richness and difficulty of the English language. But have you been frustrated by...

...the complexities and contradictions especially when it comes to spelling and pronunciation?

There are many rules of spelling - but almost every rule has a list of exceptions. But pronunciation is even worse. I don' know about you, but I find the little pronunciation guides in dictionaries to be extremely confusing.And then there are the silent letters. Some, like the 'e' at the end of some words (like 'hope' or 'nape') make sense (because the 'e' changes the pronunciation of the vowel. But then there is the silent 'g' in a word like 'through' or 'bought'.

People learning English struggle with these characteristics of English - and some even come up with solutions. Take a look here for some insights on how to make sense of English - http://s4phonetics.org/2012/goodbye-to-phonetics-forever/?goback=.gde_3759140_member_197902611.

If you have a good sense of these rules, and especially if you like poetry with a comedic twist, take a look at this website - http://winningwriters.com/contests/wergle/we_guidelines.php#.UOjUVneOVw0.

and if your interests turn to children's writing or story-telling (or even illustrating) take a look at this website - http://www.boydsmillspress.com/writers-and-illustrators-guidelines.

Send us any words or phrases that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


P.S. You can always send me a note at mmorf@mail.com

Posted by mmorf at January 5, 2013 08:16 PM


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