OMG! This poem is hard to read but I managed to. I'm not sure all the words were pronounced right though
I'm not a native English speaker but I do my best to become an advanced speaker. I wonder which methods/books/other things are most effective for learning this language. Currently I'm using Online English application from lsbf (a school in London). Here is the video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o1JEPce0es
Spoken English should be a doddle (= very easy) to learn because it is so pervasive in the fields of media, commerce, international transport, musical lyrics, IT, film and advertising.
You have my sympathy in trying to read or spell English, though. I don't think there is a shortcut way to do it other than reading a lot and getting the sound of the word by context and familiarity.
Forget rules of spelling: there are too many exceptions. eg, 'i' before 'e' except after 'c', falls down in the word 'science'.
This is part of an oral English-language test for foreigners applying for call-centre jobs with a telecoms provider:
Tester: Now, Vinay, make a sentence with these words: green, pink, yellow. Think about it for a while if you like.
Vinay: Suh, now I ready.
Tester: Go ahead.
Vinay: The telephone he go green green. I pink him up and say "Yellow".
Vinay got the job.
"STYLE is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." — Gore Vidal "STYLE is knowing what sort of play you're in." — Sir John Gielgud "Politicians are not born; they are excreted." ― Marcus Tullius Cicero