If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. I challenge you to correctly pronounce every word hither and become the true master of words!
In the early 1900s, Dutch writer and educator Gerard Nolst Trenité recognized how annoying this was. He raged against all the frustrating rules that English-learners have to memorize in a poetic diatribe titled “The Chaos”. It was published in 1920, as part of an English-language exercise book he wrote called Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen (English pronunciation exercises).
The rhyming-couplet poem went through four editions and was published in its longest form by the UK’s Spelling Society in the 1990s.
This is a classic English poem containing about 800 of the worst irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. You can listen to the entire poem in the video below: