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Old 19th September 2010, 08:45 AM   #21
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....the first time I spelled out "thought" for him, I got to the U and he just gave me a dirty look, like I know you're pulling my leg. I was like No, and it gets worse: G...H....
I remember vaguely one English class I had decades ago about the 6 different ways of pronounce "..ough.."

thought
dough
tough

and I cannot remember the rest.
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Old 19th September 2010, 09:26 AM   #22
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I remember vividly learning how to pronounce "ough" at 7 despite it being so long ago - oh that I had learnt spanish then.

Dough = go
through = too
cough = off
enough = uff - puff
plough = flower
thought = raw
borough = mat

I remeber our teacher getting us to pronounce one word then he would use that to mispronounce another so
Cough using Plough = COW

as I am now completely off topic I also remember was it George Bernard Shaws saying GHOTI = FISH
gh - enough
o - w
omen
ti - station

Spanish pronounciation is so much easier!



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Old 19th September 2010, 05:01 PM   #23
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I remember vividly learning how to pronounce "ough" at 7 despite it being so long ago - oh that I had learnt spanish then.

Dough = go
through = too
cough = off
enough = uff - puff
plough = flower
thought = raw
borough = mat




Borough and dough would be the same for us, thank god. We're down to six! And we stopped using the -ough for plough and went to plow, although we recognize it when others use it -- can we call that five and a half?

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Old 19th September 2010, 10:31 PM   #24
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Mis estudiantes muchas veces tienen la misma reación. En los grados primarios las maestras permiten a los niños de usar "phonetic spelling" (deletrear phonicamente ????). Los resultados son chistosos pero muy comprensibles.

Por ejemplo:
Yestrda I went wif mi kuzin to bi fud. We kam hom an washt Spnj Bob. We 8 spugaty for dinr.

Por favor corriges mi español sí tienes tiempo.
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Old 19th September 2010, 10:33 PM   #25
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borough = mat ????
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Old 19th September 2010, 11:12 PM   #26
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OK - yes it looks strange - but in context
Borough [in UK] is pronounced Burra eg the ough is pronounced like the "a" in mat

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