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If you are able to pronounce the following English tongue-twisters, you will be able to pronounce everything in English!

A proper copper coffee pot.

A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits and a biscuit mixer.

She sells seashells on the seashore.

We surely shall see the sun shine soon.

The sixth sick Sheik´s sixth sheep is sick.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled pepper?

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, where´s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?


Here is one more pronunciation challenge for you! Furthermore, do you know the translation of the following look-alikes?

The bandage was wound around the wound.
You have to polish the Polish furniture.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
(Many more sentences like these can be found in different sources, e.g. on the Internet.)


Ode to Spell Checker

(please read aloud!)

Eye halve a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marks four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.

(This poem can be found – in different versions –
on several web sites on the Internet)


According to the NATO spelling alphabet there are some mistakes to be found in the following spellings. Can you spot them – and insert the appropriate spelling words?

Hendrik Johns: Hotel Echo November Diner Romeo Isaac Kilo Joseph Oscar Hotel November Sierra

Suzanna Hill: Sugar Uniform Zulu Alpha November November Alpha Hamburg India Lima Lima


Some combinations of letters in English can be pronounced in astonishingly different ways. Just take a look at “ough” in “cough, though, through, hiccough”!

So, GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU is a completely common English word – if you replace its combinations of letters by single letters that can be spelled in the same manner.

To make it a little easier for you we show you the combination of letters that have to be replaced as a whole by a single letter:


Can you find the English word consisting of six letters that is hidden here?

Weitere Englisch-Themen finden Sie unter: www.english-work.com

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