Today, we are bringing you the funtastic poem “The Chaos” written nearly 100 years ago (1922) by Gerard Nolst Trenité, also known under the pseudonym Charivarius. This is a classic English poem containing about 800 of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. Even native English speakers will find the poem interesting 🙂
You may notice that The Chaos is written from the viewpoint of the foreign learner of English: it is not so much the spelling as such that is lamented, as the fact that the poor learner can never tell how to pronounce words encountered in writing (the poem was, after all, appended to a book of pronunciation exercises). Click here for a PDF version (created by using the phonetic alphabet).
There is also a video of the poem being read out should you need some help on couple of the more unusual words 🙂 READ MORE