Appendix for reading
Idioms, rhymes, tongue-twisters
1 As wet as a fish – as dry as a bone.
2As live as a bird – as dead as a stone.
3As plump as a partridge – as poor as a rat.
4 As strong as a horse – as weak as a cat.
5 As white as a lily – as black as coal.
6 As heavy as lead – as light as a feather.
7 As steady as time – as uncertain as weather.
8 As hot as an oven – as cold as a frog.
9 As gay as a lark – as sick as a dog.
10 As fierce as a tiger – as mild as a dove.
11 As stiff as a poker – as limp as a glove.
12 As blind as a bat – as deaf as a post.
13 As cool as a cucumber – as warm as a toast.
14 As beautiful as a day - as ugly as sin.
1 An apple a day keeps the doctor away;
2 Little Polly Flinders sat among the cinders
Warming her pretty little toes;
Her mother came and caught her
And whipped her little daughter
For spoiling her nice new clothes.
3 Swan, swan over the lake,
Swim, swan, swim;
Swan, swan back again,
Well swum, swan!
4 For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
5 A wise old owl lived in an oak;
6 Three wise men of Gotham / gɒtəm/
Went to sea in a bowl;
And if the bowl had been stronger,
My song would have been longer.
7 A fly and a flea flew into a flue.
Said the fly, “Let us flee!”, said the flea, “Let us fly!”
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
8 The Inky Binky Spider climbed up the kitchen wall.
Off went the fan, no longer did it blow,
The Inky Binky Spider went up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun that dried up all the rain
And the Inky Binky Spider climbed up the spout again.
9 A centipede was happy quite, Until a frog in fun said,
“Pray, which leg comes after which?”
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.
10 Old King Cole was a merry old soul
and a very fine fiddle had he
11 Now what do you think
Of little Jack Jingle?
Before he was married
He used to live single.
12 A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to teach two young tutors to toot;
Said the two to the tutor,
“ Is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tutors to toot? “
13 A swinging young monkey named Fred
Let go and fell smack on his head;
It gives him no pain,
Except that his brain
Sees yellow bananas as red.
14 Tommy Trot, a man of law,
Sold his bed and lay upon straw;
Sold his straw and slept on grass
To buy his wife a looking-glass.
15 Oh the Grand Old Duke of York
16 Three young rats with black felt hats,
Three young ducks with white straw flats,
Three young dogs with curling tails,
Three young cats with demi-veils
Went out to walk with two young pigs
In satin vests and sorrel wigs;
But suddenly it chanced to rain,
And so they all went home again.
17 Once upon a time there were three little foxes,
Who didn’t wear stockings, and they didn’t wear sockses.
But they all had handkerchiefs to blow their noses,
And they kept their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes.
18 Little Bo peep has lost her sheep
Little Bo peep fell fast asleep
Then up she took her little crook
but it made her heart bleed,
It happened one day, as Bo peep did stray