Speaking English: A Poem for Those Who Appreciate Quirks of the Language (The Poke)



English can be a difficult language to learn, with seemingly no rhyme nor reason to myriad pronunciations.

The British website The Poke offers a poem that rivals the tongue twisters of America’s Dr. Seuss with the challenge, “If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90 percent of the native English speakers in the world.”

The State Department’s Foreign Service Institute compiles approximate learning expectations for its professional staff.

Of the 63 languages analyzed, finds the five most difficult to learn to be Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

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