PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages


Not only is Limerick a major city in the Republic of Ireland with a population of nearly 100,000 people, it is also a form of 5-verse humorous nonsensical poem in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth share a different one. The name is believed to come from the 18th-century Maigue poets from Limerick, but made popular by the English poet Edward Lear.

The first lines normally introduce a person and a place, (with the place normally coming at the end): “There once was a man from Cardiff…” or “I once met a girl named Carrie…”. They are also a great way to practise rhythm and linking sounds in English, as well as developing your vocabulary (What words could rhyme with Cardiff?).

Have a look at the tongue-twisting Limerick below, do you think you can read it out loud?

“A canner exceedingly canny,
One morning remarked to his granny:
"A canner can can
Anything that he can,
But a canner can't can a can, can he?”

Last week, our students had the opportunity to practise some Limericks and write their own poems. Take a look below and tell us what you think about their attempt.

“There once was a man who was sad
And who was also kind of bad
He wasn’t acting right
Till someone showed him the light
So he became a new lad!”
(Salim & Abdulelah) 

“My daddy loves money
And he likes to eat honey.
He bought a car
And drove into a bar
Now his days are no longer sunny”
(Qusai, Abdullah and Talha) 

What about you? Can you also create your own Limerick?

Join us this Thursday to practise your communication skills and develop your English!
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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.


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