Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #26 (final)

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

26. /ˈbetə ˈleɪt ðn ⎥ ˈpregnənt/

Next I'm going to add the correct version (or one of the correct ones) of each proverb.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #25

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: http://idioms1-c1.blogspot.co.uk


25. /ə ˈbɜːd ɪn ðə ˈhændz ⎥ ˈgəʊɪŋ tə ˈpuːp ɒn ju/

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #24

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: modern-proverbs.blogspot.co.uk

24.  /wen ðə ˈblaɪnd ˈliːd ðə ˈblaɪnd ⎥ ˈget aʊt əv ðə ˈweɪ/

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #23

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

23. /ju ˈget ˈaʊt əv ˈsʌmθɪŋ ˈəʊni wɒt ju ⎥ ˈsiː ɪn ðə ˈpɪkʧə ɒn ðə ˈbɒks/

Monday, 26 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #22

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

22. /ɪf ət ˈfɜːst ju ˈdəʊnt səkˈsiːd ⎥ ˈget ˈnjuː ˈbætriz/

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #21

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: fundacioncadah.org

21. /ˈʧɪldrən ʃəbi ˈsiːn əˈnɒt ⎥ ˈspæŋkt ɔː ˈgraʊndɪd/

Friday, 23 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #20

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

20. /ðərə ˈnʌn sə ˈblaɪnd əz ⎥ ˈstiːvi ˈwʌndə/

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #19

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

19.  /ˈlɑːf ən ðə ˈhəʊl ˈwɜːld ˈlɑːfs ˈwɪð ˈjuː ˈkraɪ ən ⎥  ju ˈhæf tə ˈbləʊ jə ˈnəʊz/

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #18

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: midgardediting.com


18. /ˈdəʊm ˈpʊt ˈɒf tɪl təˈmɒrəʊ wɒt ⎥ jə ˈpʊt ˈɒn tə ˈgəʊ tə ˈbed/

Monday, 19 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #17

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: digitaldatingstories.wordpress.com

17.  /ˈtuːz ˈkʌmpəni ˈθriːz ⎥ mʌskəˈtɪəz/

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #16

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

credit: sevastopol.su
16. /ə ˈpeni ˈseɪvd ɪz ⎥  ˈnɒt ˈmʌʧ/

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #15

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

credit: Ian Currie
15.  /ˈhæpi ðə ˈbraɪd u ⎥ ˈgets ˈɔːl ðə ˈpreznts/

Friday, 16 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #14

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: learningenglishonmyown

14.  /weə ðəz ˈsməʊk ðəz ⎥ pəˈluːʃn/

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #13

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

13. /ən ˈaɪdl ˈmaɪndz ⎥ ðə ˈbest ˈweɪ tə rɪˈlæks/

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #12

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: www.grammar.zone

12. /ðə ˈpenz ˈmaɪtiə ðən ðə ⎥ ˈpɪgz/

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #11

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

 11.  /ˈlʌv ˈɔːl ˈtrʌst ⎥ ˈmiː/

Monday, 12 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #10

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: pinkelephantroom.com

10. /ɪf ju ˈlaɪ ˈdaʊn wɪð ˈdɒgz jul ⎥ ˈstɪŋk ɪnə ˈmɔːnɪŋ/

Friday, 9 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #9

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: www.lhpaws.com

9. /ju ˈkɑːn ˈtiːʧ ən ˈəʊld ˈdɒg ˈnjuː ⎥ ˈmæθs/

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #8

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: ??

8. /ə ˈmɪs ɪz əz ˈgʊd əz ə ⎥ ˈmɪstə/

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #7

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: greymadder.net

7. /ˈnəʊ ˈnjuːz ɪz ⎥ ɪmˈpɒsɪbl/

Monday, 5 March 2018

Accent and Communication Breakdown

Oxford House Language School in Barcelona describes five tools to perfect one's pronunciation. In the introduction the anonymous writer opines:
Pronunciation only becomes a problem when it causes a breakdown in communication between you and the people you’re talking with. Perfecting your English pronunciation is about making yourself understood.
Well, I don't quite agree because incomprensibility is not the only problem; aesthetics is another one. If you as a non-native speaker aim high, you want your accent to sound pleasant; the listener should not be distracted from the contents because you frequently replace
- the dental fricatives by /s, z/ or by
- d/;
replace
- /v/ by /w/
- word-final voiced obstruents by their voiceless counterparts;
use
- clear l throughout
etc.
So, yes, a bad pronunciation may lead to incomprehensible speech, but it may also distract the listener.

Proverbs transcribed - #6

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit:evilenglish.net

6. /dəʊm ˈbaɪt ðə ˈhæn ðət ⎥ ˈlʊks ˈdɜːti/

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #5

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: Mark Ewbie

5. /ju kən ˈliːd ə ˈhɔːs tə ˈwɔːtə bət ⎥ ˈhaʊ/

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #4

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.
credit: www.quotes.in

4. /ˈnevər ʌndərˈestɪmeɪt ðə ˈpaər əv ⎥ ˈtɜːmaɪts/

Friday, 2 March 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #3

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

credit: gl30.deviantart.com
3. /ɪts ˈɔːwəz ˈdɑːkəst bɪfɔː ⎥ ˈdeɪlaɪt ˈseɪvɪŋ ˈtaɪm/
3. /ɪts ˈɔːwəz ˈdɑːkəst bɪfɔː ðə ˈdɔːn/

Pun for fun - #3

(The first 'pun for fun' is to be found here, the second here.)

3. /ɪf ə ˈʤʌʤ ˈlʌvz ðə ˈsaʊnd əv ɪz ˈəʊn ˈvɔɪs ⎥ ɪkˈspekt ə ˈlɒŋ ˈsentəns/

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #2

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

credit: furnituretoday.com
2. /ˈstraɪk waɪl ðə ⎥ ˈbʌgz ˈkləʊs/
2. /ˈstraɪk waɪl ði ˈaənz ˈhɒt/


Monday, 26 February 2018

Proverbs transcribed - #1

Twenty-six English first-graders were presented with the first half of several proverbs and were asked to provide the second half. I'd like you to come up with the correct one (enjoy the children's version). The vertical line indicates the end of the first half.

1. /ˈdəʊn ˈʧeɪnʒ ˈhɔːsɪz ⎥ ʌnˈtɪl ðeɪ ˈstɒp ˈrʌnɪŋ/
2. /ˈdəʊn ˈʧeɪnʒ ˈhɔːsɪz ɪn mɪdˈstriːm/

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Trivia no. 2

Today my students were asked to pronounce several sentences. One student produced this nice variant of a sentence (but don't tell this to any animal rights organisation):
"Try not to breathe through your mouse."

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Is it an orange or an orange?


Listen to these two pronunciations of the word 'orange'. Do both prons (let's call them A and B) end in the cluster /nʤ/ or does A end in /nʒ/?

Here's A:


And B:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Trivia no. 1

While I was watching TV last night, the word 'flosser' (the film was about whether one should use dental floss or interdental brushes) reminded me of a series I had watched many years ago because flosser rhymes with tosser. Here's one of the sentences uttered by the main character in that series, a sentence which stands for deep thinking. I'm sure some of you will know which series I'm referring to.


/ˈtjuːnɪŋ jɔː tiː ˈviːz laɪk ˈmeɪkɪŋ ˈlʌv tu ə ˈbjuːtəfl̩ ˈwʊmən || ˈfɜːst ju ˈhæf tə ˈfaɪn nə ˈraɪp ˈbʌtn̩ | ən ˈnen ju ˈhæf tə ˈfɪdl̩ wɪð ɪt | ʌnˈtɪl ju ˈget ə ˈdiːsn̩t rɪˈsepʃn̩/