Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
This winter, the news media ran stories about ice dams causing damage to the roof. How do you pronounce the word “roof?” Why don’t all -oo- words sound alike? Try this sentence:
While the goofy cook chewed a root and doodled in a book on the roof, a pooch looked at a boot and woofed as a kook took good food out the door.
No wonder foreigners have such a hard time with English.
True. English is tough enough to plough through, though, without that.