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Which word doesn’t rhyme with “verse”?

Which word doesn’t rhyme with “Creature”?

How many syllables does “pronunciation” have?

Which word does not rhyme with ‘dizzy’?

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125 Comments on “Learn Pronunciation with Poetry”

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I’m Vietnamese :)

Friday, August 19th 2011

    hi, Tunggtpvn,
    nice to talk to you if you can.

    Friday, August 19th 2011

      Of course. Nice to talk to you,too. But my E isn’t good. Have you got skype ?

      Sunday, August 21st 2011

Thanks indeed for a vital lesson in English.

Friday, August 19th 2011

what a way to have fun, great work Jon.at the end I was dizzy without drinking any beer. it was a pretty damn topic, hell yeah. so long.

Friday, August 19th 2011

Hi guys! ^^ I’m from Brazil.. and I loved this site!

Friday, August 19th 2011

mmmmmmm i like u way in teaching .You have a great way of teaching thanks for this lesson john

Friday, August 19th 2011

    reham is absolutely right … i agree with her

    Saturday, August 20th 2011

    i`m with you :)

    Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

    do you have skype? maybe we can study…

    Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

      I do actually. I am pleased you liked this lesson

      Friday, September 2nd 2011

    Hi Renhan I’m Colombian, would you like to practice speaking (English) with me?

    Sunday, October 16th 2011

i heard u recommented about vietnamese. yeah, i agree that it’s very difficult to learn vietnames. but i feel it’s easy cuz i’m vietnames person lol.

Friday, August 19th 2011

    I guess it’s all relative…

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

      I love your lessons, they are funny and explain every thing that i need, thanks jon.
      Do you teach only in the internet??

      Sunday, July 22nd 2012

i think this is very useful lessons for all other than indians since our administration language is english we cab speak like you

Saturday, August 20th 2011

hi, Jon ! it’s very great.u explained very clearly thanks a lot!

Saturday, August 20th 2011

    You’re welcome

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

      hi my friend
      I really love your lessons. In fact, you have an excellent way in teaching so I’ve loved english lessons thank you so much
      Eng. Ameen Bash

      Monday, August 20th 2012

It´s possible download this episode?

Saturday, August 20th 2011

    I am not sure.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

it is very usefull what i have leant

Saturday, August 20th 2011

I beg your pardon. Busy: Not with ‘shwa’ but with ‘I’, isn’t it?

Saturday, August 20th 2011

thank u it is useful can u make alesson about telling people about my personalty

Saturday, August 20th 2011

    As a matter of fact, I have already put up a lesson using adjectives to describe a person. YOu might find it helpful.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

      hi, one question :what is “spon”? or something like that you say here,… and thanks for your time, is so ussefull for us. Hey, anybody who wants to practice English: my Skype is jenniferguadarismo.

      Sunday, October 2nd 2011

i like this lesson very useful thanks jon
u know what i have rhyme words:
thanks for jon
from qobiljon …….. lol

Saturday, August 20th 2011

Thank you very much

it’s very useful

Sunday, August 21st 2011

The poet is Dutch!

Sunday, August 21st 2011

    Really? That’s good to know. Thanks

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

Because VietNamese people from the north, south and central areas have diffirence voices. Did you disapointed when you come to VietNam? Did you have the unforgettable memories in Viet Nam? The gap of language is the most difficult…..

Sunday, August 21st 2011

    I had a fantastic time in Vietnam. The people were so nice and it is an absolutely gorgeous country…especially the countryside. I rode a motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and that was very exciting.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

      Wow, I wish that i can go to Vietnam also… I have a lot of friends there and i like their foods.

      Saturday, December 10th 2011

this is a good activity when you are free .
thank you

Monday, August 22nd 2011

Yes, of course I have enjoyed. This lesson is helpful and at the same time is cool. (Well, I hope my written here has been right) hahaha…

You’re fantastic. Thank you teacher.

Monday, August 22nd 2011

Hi John!!! I ‘m brazilian intermidiate English student!!! I love all teachers this site. It’s very interesting and funny too.I suggest for you try to do one class talkink about the diference between British and Americam English..
See you soon!!


Monday, August 22nd 2011

    Well done Jon, many thanks. I’m Polish and interested in differences between American and British English. I’m lucky I’ve found this website, I am gonna visit you as often as I can,all the best :)

    Sunday, August 28th 2011

    Thank you for your suggestion, I will try to incoroporate that into my next lesson.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

hi all i am mohammed from sudan Ihaven,t any words to thank all teachers in this site

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011

well it’s a cool way indeed and like this we’ll increase our vocabluary at the same we’re having fun lol for sure anyway, neat!

thanks teacher Jon

Friday, August 26th 2011

nice lesson, thanks <(

Sunday, August 28th 2011

thank u teacher

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

thank you sir jon. im done with all your videos. more lesson please. ;)

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

    I will try to get a few more up shortly.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

      nope i think that’s good :)

      Thursday, September 22nd 2011

For those who are interested, I write here belong the name of the poet (for the spelling!!!) GERARD NOLST TRENITE.(He wasn’t french but dutch!) The passage of the video is from the poem “THE CHAOS”

Tuesday, August 30th 2011

    Thanks for the correction.

    Friday, September 2nd 2011

Sorry Jon, but french is great! The proof?! They are so many french words used in English:
« Entrée, amuse-bouche, hors d’œuvre , fiancé, liaison , billet doux, rendez-vous… » hum ! Are all these words about food and love ? Ok, let’s try other ones : « trompe-l’œil, déjà-vu, faux-pas »
and « toilette »… Oups! Basically, maybe you weren’t so wrong…

Tuesday, August 30th 2011


Thursday, September 1st 2011

I´m writing just to tell you how muchh I´m pleased to find this wibsite and specially your lessons. They´re really great.
Hey. I´ve read that you´ve been in Brazil. I´d like to know in which city have you been.
I love Canada. I´m sure I will study there one day.
Thanks and all the best. You are the best teacher of this wibsite.

Monday, September 5th 2011

    I lived in Recife for about 6 months. Hmmm….porto de galinha, feijoada, and all the rest. What a fantastic country!

    Saturday, October 15th 2011

i´d be great if you replied my comments and make any corrections..

Monday, September 5th 2011

    replied ‘to’ my comments. Prepositions are very difficult. However, I think your writing is very good.

    Saturday, October 15th 2011

thanks for this interesting video-class, i’m so pleased to find out this page.i’ll keep in touch!!!!!

Thursday, September 8th 2011

You are so cool!!!! I loved this lesson!!! You can’t imagine how thankful I am!!! Thank you very much!!!! :D!!

Monday, September 12th 2011

You are a great teacher. I really like your teaching style. I wish all the best for the brilliant teacher.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

you were awesome

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

thanks! this is my favorite page I like to learn English.greetings from El Salvador

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

jon tancks for teacher us your lessen

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

great lesson i really liked :) thanks man !

Thursday, September 22nd 2011

Jhon, why pronunciation have 5 syllables ?

Monday, September 26th 2011

    Pro-nun-ci-a-tion. That’s why.

    Saturday, October 15th 2011

thanks thanks thanks a lot Jon

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

I love the English language, so I’m so happy to listen to these lessons

Monday, October 3rd 2011

hi my name is shiref and Iam 18 years old

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

I’m VietNamese I understand how difficult you were when you tried our language.. :D

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

hi teacher jon

Sunday, October 16th 2011

thanks so mutch nad i like your danceing when you teach yhank jon

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

thanks jon for all your lessons . but i am blame you because you did not read my comments .in fact i saw some of your lessons and i found it very usefule but i need from you to read my comments because it contains some qustion for you to help me pleeeeeeesa jon

Saturday, October 29th 2011

Ok thanks so much..i’ll learn more..i need spoken the english to high level..i like it..thanks

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

i think i’ve catch this website to late, i love everyting on it. i would like to take talking class with you, could i?.
Email me to let me know the terms if it’s possible.

Thursday, November 3rd 2011

thank m always loving ur videos

Thursday, November 10th 2011

hi i really like to see your videos and in this lesson i didn’t understand what syllable is.. can u explain it a little bit?
thank u

Monday, November 14th 2011

john you are my brave since this day i am so happy that i have found this website ) u made me love english more thanks

Saturday, November 19th 2011

Charming man!

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

WHat is Syllable???

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

    Syllable is a unit of spoken language that consists of one or more vowel sounds alone, a syllabic consonant alone, or any of these with one or more consonant sounds
    eg. table = ta-ble
    Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Saturday, December 10th 2011

it seems that I’m late to open this lesson, but it’s great… it is very good. I noticed also Sir Jon that his not only good in poetry but also in dancing.

Saturday, December 10th 2011

Congrats Jon, awsome lesson! I really enjoy this lesson a lot. It was hard for me to realize why “pronunciation” has 5 syllables, cause I tend to make one with …-cia-…

Sunday, December 18th 2011

Well.I Liked iT.Even Tho Sometimes Twas Not That Clear.I Guess The Guy Speaking Is Not A Real Teacher So Thats Why He Finds It Hard To Make Himself Clompletely Clear.Things Like PRAYER-TO PRAY.Noun -Verb.I Like The Accent! Thanx

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

Hi Jon! I’m Vietnamese.^^I think the lesson is great and useful. Therefore, I think you should to collect many poetry to teach. Especially, many poetry have the same syllables (such as She sells sea shells on the sea shore…) because most of people confuse them. Thanks you so much about your lesson!^^

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

I’m Vietnamese too :) that’s our language

Sunday, January 8th 2012

very funny very clever Jon.
you really made English as a piece of cake for me.
i’m very happy to follow up your great videos.
waiting for more interesting videos from you.
please, how could i know if you upload a new video “what should i do to receive such a notification or message to keep me posted all the time?”
thanks Jon.

Tuesday, January 10th 2012

very usefull lesson ! thanks a lot :)

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

This is so eiticxng! I can’t wait for the next installment!!! Really, it IS fascinating but I am wondering if the students speak English well enough that they can understand sentences like the one in the article or do speak to them in Chinese?

Saturday, February 25th 2012

funny and useful lessons!!;)

Monday, February 27th 2012

give some comments regarding how to speak clearly as my voice doesnt comes clear

Saturday, April 21st 2012

My comment is not a subject of this lesson. But mjderators please don’t remove this one? god bless your job. I wonder if you add a lesson about what IPA sounds spelling I’ve already ask Ronnie about this For exampe upset down e is schwa. That is not so usefull but how can we explain to self some notion even if we know its defenition we don’t know word itself. This is pilosophical question but i’m not PHD))))))))))

Saturday, April 28th 2012

You are so funny.Thank.s

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi!I´m from Costa Rica. And I´m gonna tell you that this lesson was very useful for me. Thanks for created it.

Tuesday, May 29th 2012

Hi! John

Thank you very much!The lesson is very useful and your explanation is excellent.

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Good Jon

Monday, July 9th 2012

jon can i get you skype id pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Tuesday, July 10th 2012

Hi Jon…keep doing ur good work. I’ve already knew this poem from CHAOS, but it’s a very long poem and some of the words are very difficult to pronounce…so I sugeest, if you don’t mind, to read more of this poem. If we know all the difficults words of the poem we are able to speak english very well. Thanks a lot for your great lesson. Bye from Portugal. I hope one day you visit my country…it’s a beautiful country with a very nice people

Thursday, July 12th 2012

Thank you for all your useful lessons))

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Thank you for all your useful lessons!))

Thursday, July 19th 2012

hi too bad i can not get access to your lesson because of bad network but i am dying to listen to your leisure…

Saturday, August 25th 2012

I am Vietnamese :) but still difficult to choose the right words, hihi ^v^

Monday, September 10th 2012

nice saturday every one

Saturday, September 29th 2012

Thiis lesson is very nice :) Could you suggest me other similar examples ? Learn pronunciation with Poetry is fantastic !:)

Thursday, October 18th 2012


Thursday, November 1st 2012

Thanks! I like your videos. Great lesson! I speak spanish but I learning English because I love it! Please, please, can you upload more videos? I WANT MORE LIKE THIS. Sorry, if I wrote wrong.

Monday, November 5th 2012

Very interesting! Thanks

Friday, November 30th 2012

thank you JON

Friday, February 1st 2013

Hi every body i like this lesson it’s very interesting.

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

thanks JON

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

Hi John, great lesson. I teach in China and will be doing a lesson with poetry with my Ss next week. Your lesson hyped me! thnx. But, you speak quite fast — for what level are you teaching in this video?

Thursday, March 7th 2013

thanks John, ur way of teaching is interesting .

Monday, March 18th 2013

thank you

Sunday, December 22nd 2013

thks mr jon

Sunday, January 26th 2014

thank u so much jon i have learnt a lot from u

Sunday, January 26th 2014

I’m confused. Why we write CORPS but we speak COR? It’s strange. I thought I misheard so I checked in the dictionary. The pronounciation is like COR.

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

    Because that’s how it’s pronounced in French, which “corps” comes from! No, it doesn’t make much sense…but that’s how it is.

    Wednesday, March 12th 2014

O Captain! My Captain!

Monday, April 21st 2014

Hi Jon
I would like you to explain how north Americans pronounce the following:
get to go
got it
it hard for me to hear the how they say them

Sunday, May 18th 2014

Thanks Jon, It’s easy, sure 100 %.

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Hi John, how are you? it’s my pieasure learning English with you. Thanks a lot…

Sunday, December 28th 2014

I like the way you teach us ! thank you.

Monday, June 15th 2015

Hi Jon. Thanks for poettry. It’s à Nice way to learn and memorise.

Sunday, July 5th 2015

    I must disable my french spell-checker. Sorry for the mistakes in my previous comment.

    Sunday, July 5th 2015

This was a very important lesson! Thanks John!

Sunday, September 6th 2015

What a fun way to introduce syllables and the fact that English is not completely phonetic.

These are 3 other words in the first stanza that have two syllables:


Thank you for that fun lesson, Jon.


Friday, October 2nd 2015

Thank you Jon

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Thank you Jon

Friday, November 17th 2017

Thank you very much Jon!

Friday, May 25th 2018

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