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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. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.

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Honestly I doubt 70% of ‘english native speakers’ have ever heard most of these words in their life.

If you don’t go too slowly, and you think about it, then it’s not so hard… then again, I’m doing an Arts degree…

I love this. I did alright but made some really embarrassing mistakes. This should be part of the GCSE English language exam

uprightcitizens:

Life Lessons Via Stephen Sondheim

  1. Careful the things you say, children will listen.
  2. Everybody’s got the right to be happy.
  3. A person should celebrate everything passing by.
  4. It’s the little things you do together that make perfect relationships.
  5. Everybody ought to have a maid.
  6. Nice is different than good.
  7. Don’t be afraid that it won’t be perfect. The only thing to be afraid of, really, is that it won’t be.
  8. Anything you do, let it come from you — then it will be new. Give us more to see.
  9. If you wanna bump it, bump it with a trumpet.
  10. And for God’s sake, finish the hat.

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