1.en.36 Alliteration: Practice your tongue twisters!

Next week we’ll record you, so you should get some practice at saying loud and clear the tongue twister you have chosen. The whole set of tongue twisters is displayed in your class; have a look at the the ones your classmates have made, we’ll have to vote the one we like best.

Here’s a you tube video that might help you. Try singing along!

seashells, shoelessly, shimmering, seashore, Sally, sells, splashing, summer, somersaults, sunshiny, ships, silvery…

/ʃ/ /s/

Alliteration is a literay device
The practice of beginning several consecutive or neighboring words with the same consonant sound. (i.e. Sally sells seashells by the sea shore.)

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1.en.28 Phonetics and tongue twisters

Some people are worried about the phonetics in the exam, there is no reason for that. You just have to do some revision of a few posts, including question number 1 of our first exam on line.

If you have any doubts on how to pronounce a word check a monolingual online dictionary, as the one I showed you in class.

I did it for you so you can see how to pronounce tongue and see the IPA transcription.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tongue

Anyway, here follows some more practice for next week. The last day you asked me what mother tongue was. Now that you know that we are going to try some tongue twisters, it is excellent pronunciation paractice ane it can be fun too.

I have included some tongue twisters in your mother tongue, Catalan or Spanish.

Tongue twisters are a word or sequence of words difficult to pronounce, especially rapidly, because of alliteration or a slight variation of consonant sounds. “She sells seashells by the seashore”

There are tongue twisters in every language

  • She sells sea shells by the seashore.

  • La pícara pájara pica la típica jícara; a la típica jícara, pica la pícara pájara.

  • Vaig al bosc i busco vesc i visc del vesc que busco al bosc.

Look for 3 more examples of tongue twisters in these web pages:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8136/tonguetwisters.html

http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/index.htm

Homework: Thursday 18th

Write them in your notebook and learn them by heart. Look for some images to illustrate them.You can also make drawings yourself. We’ll publish the nicest ones.

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We are learning to pronounce English sounds that are a bit difficult for us. Tongue twisters are a fun way to learn!

Try the following tongue twister where you will find sounds we practised during English lessons:

/ ʌ / / æ /     /ɛə/

A big black bug bit a big black bear and made the big

black bear bleed blood

black bug /blæk b ʌ g/2221167

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blood: /blʌd/

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black bear

/b læk bɛər/