IT IS ABOUT THE SAME TOPIC WE STUDIED IN
LESSON 100 - OUR CRAZY LANGUAGE.
WHY SOME WORDS DO NOT RHYME WITH OTHERS SPECIALLY WHEN
THE SPELLINGS LOOK PRETTY MUCH THE SAME?
THE ANSWER IS: SOUNDS AND LETTERS DON'T AGREE!
WATCH (*LISTEN CAREFULLY TO) THE POEM BELOW:
When the English tongue we speak
Why is break (quebrar) not rhymed with weak (fraco)?
Won’t you tell me why it’s true
We say sew (costurar), but also few (poucos)?
And the maker of a verse
Cannot rhyme his horse (cavalo)
with worse (pior)?
Beard (barba) sounds not the
same as heard (ouviu),
Cord (cordão) is different from
Cow (vaca) is cow, low (baixo) is low,
Shoe (sapato) is never rhymed with foe (inimigo).
Think of hose (mangueira) and dose (dose)
and lose (perder),
And think of goose (ganso)
and yet of choose (escolher),
Think of comb (pente) and
tomb (túmulo) and bomb (bomba),
Doll (boneca) and roll (rolar) and
home (casa) and some (alguns).
And since pay (pagar) is rhymed with say (dizer),
Why not paid (pagou) with said (disse),
I pray? Think of blood (sangue)
and food (comida) and good (bom);
Mould (molde) is not
pronounced like could (poderia).
Why is done (feito), but gone (ido)
and lone (solitário)
-Is there any reason known?
To sum it up, it seems to me
Sounds and letters don’t agree.