Saturday, December 7, 2019

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world

Via Anita L. Henderson


  “The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud, and we’ll be honest with you, we struggled with parts of it.

“The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité, was written nearly 100 years ago in 1922, designed to demonstrate the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation. 

There’s also a video of the poem being read out should you want some help on couple of the more unusual words:


 Many more words @ The Poke


  1. My dad, a native Hungarian speaker, could read that poem at a normal speed, albeit with a heavy Zsa Zsa Gabor accent.

    1. :) Every time I think of her, I think of big boobies! :)

  2. I could read, comprehend and pronounce every word of the full poem. But, then again, I am an educated man in letters and the school of hard knocks. Helps to be a reader of tomes and other lurid ramshackle...

    1. I thought the words in the photo were it, but then I clicked on the link.:)