Please read the poem below and answer the questions.
“I take it you already know”
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead –
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there’s dose and rose and lose –
Just look them up – and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart –
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five!
Many people struggle with the English language. If you are a native English speaker, or English is your second, third, or fourth language you struggle with English pronunciation, grammar, spelling, and mechanics. DON’T WORRY!!! We all struggle. Even your professors come across things they are unfamiliar with from time to time.
Today, I would like you to do a a self-evaluation of your English abilities.
Tell me about your past experience as an English language learner.
1. When did you begin speaking, writing, and reading in English?
2. What in English have you struggled with in the past? why do you think you have struggled with this?
3. What type of things do you like to read? why?
4. What do you feel you need to work on to be a master of English? Explain.