Listen to a Boy from England

In this section of our website visitors can listen to real spoken English. On this page you can listen to a seven year old boy from the south of England reading the poem 'Daddy fell into the Pond' by Alfred Noyes.

Everyone grumbled.

The sky was grey.

We had nothing to do and nothing to say.

We were nearing the end of a dismal day,

And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,

Then Daddy fell into the pond!

And everyone's face grew merry and bright,

And Timothy danced for sheer delight. "

Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!

He's crawling out of the duckweed!"


Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,

And doubled up, shaking silently,

And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft,

And it sounded as if the old drake laughed.

Oh, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond

When Daddy Fell into the pond! 

Listen to the poem


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