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  1. #835442014-10-13 21:19:18Ecstasy said:

    The word magazine means a shop in Russian.

    Hints on pronunciation for foreigners

    I take it you already know
    Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
    Others may stumble but not you
    Or hiccough, thorough laugh and through?
    Well done: And now you wish perhaps
    To learn of these familiar traps:
    Beware of heard a dreadful word
    That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
    And dead: It's said like bed, not bead,
    For goodness' sake, don't call it deed!
    Watch out for meat and great and threat,
    They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
    A moth is not a moth in mother
    Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
    And here is not a match for there
    Nor dear and fear for bear and pear
    And then there's does and rose and lose,
    Just look them up; and goose and choose.
    And cork and work and hard and ward
    And font and front and word and sword.
    And do and go and thwart and part –
    Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
    A dreadful language?
    Man alive, I'd mastered it when I was five!