The Chaos

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(3.8 stars; 3 reviews)

"The Chaos" is a poem which demonstrates the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation, written by Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870-1946), also known under the pseudonym Charivarius. It first appeared in an appendix to the author's 1920 textbook Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen. (From Wikipedia) (1 hr 23 min)


Version 1 6:13 Read by Alan Davis Drake (1945-2010)
Version 2 5:43 Read by Anna Roberts
Version 3 6:45 Read by Carol Stripling
Version 4 6:22 Read by David Lawrence
Version 5 6:57 Read by Hannah Dowell
Version 6 6:33 Read by Jc Guan
Version 7 6:55 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Version 8 6:40 Read by Mark F. Smith
Version 9 4:12 Read by mjbrichant
Version 10 7:48 Read by PepsiBoo
Version 11 7:02 Read by Rhonda Federman
Version 12 6:13 Read by Sergio Baldelli
Version 13 6:04 Read by TriciaG



(0 stars)

Ha ha ha - you're hilarious! Here's the text: I dare you to read it aloud without one mispronunciation. Double your points if you aren't a native English speaker, as several of these readers. That's the point of the whole poem - how complicated English pronunciation is!

mispronunciations don’t belong here...

(2 stars)

“Victuals” rhymes with little, no?