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one poem that makes your english better

If you can pronounce every word in this poem correctly, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
Gerard Nolst Trenité - The Chaos (1922) Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpsecorpshorse and worse.
I will keep you, Susybusy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear;
Queer, fair seerhear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sewit!
Just compare hearthear and heard,
Dies and dietlord and word.
Sword and swardretain and Britain
(Mind the latter how it's written).
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say-saidpay-paidlaid but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak ,
Previous, precious, fuchsia, via
Recipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir;
Wovenovenhow and low,
Scriptreceiptshoepoemtoe.
Say, ex…

the beauty of mathematics

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These are some of the hidden gems of mathematics. Look at the way in which numbers interact!