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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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The trumpet

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 6,453 mod
Old lady: ‘Tell me young man, when does the next train come in, and how long does it stop?’
Young man: ‘From two to two to two-two’
Old lady: ‘Good lord! Are you the trumpet?’

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    I'm trying to figure out what time the train arrives.

    The train comes in at 13:58, and stops for how long?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,453 mod
    The train stops for four minutes. And there is more @Lynne… Elaborating on my joke I searched on the internet. There I not only found my story in a slightly different context. Actually I found a complete ‘list of homophonous phrases’ with other examples that are very nice. It takes quite some effort to figure them out:

    http://words.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_homophonous_phrases
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    I might just set up a Voice Thread for these. :)
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,453 mod
    Good idea!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,453 mod
    edited November 2014
    You might combine this with the tongue twisters: http://learn-english-forum.org/discussion/comment/30621/ @Lynne
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    How come two-two means four @lichaamstaal‌? Was the station master wearing a tutu at the time?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,453 mod
    The train stops from 13:58 until 14:02 - that's 4 minutes, isn't it @mheredge. And I don't think the station master was wearing a a female ballet dancer's costume. Maybe he does when he's going to follow the Monday morning Skype group. You'll never know!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    Maybe his name was Desmond (Tutu)? Was he brewing up tea for two?
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,453 mod
    Do you mean Lisa Ekdahl's Tea For Two @mheredge?

    Picture me upon your knee,
    Just tea for two and two for tea,
    Just you for me and me for you, alone!

    Nobody near us,
    to see us or hear us,
    No friends or relations
    on weekend vacations
    We won't have it known, dear,
    That we own a telephone.

    Day will break and I will awake
    and I start to bake
    sugar cake for you to take
    for all the boys to see.
    We will raise a family,
    a boy for you , a girl for me,
    Oh, can't you see how happy we would be

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    I'm going to have to put the kettle on now...
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,599 mod
    Haha but only if you blow your own trumpet @Dora!
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