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Eletelephony

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This poem is a bit of a tongue twister. Start by reading it slowly a couple of times in your head and then read it out loud slowly. Emphasise the final words on each line so your listeners can really hear the word-play.

When you have got used to the sounds of the words and pronouncing them, see if you can read it out loud really quickly without tripping over the words. Have fun - and good luck!

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Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant.
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone.

(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk.

The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee.
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

Eletelephony

by Laura Richards