Days of the week riddle:
If today is Monday, what is the day after the day before the day
Days of the week clapping game:
Two students put out their hands. One puts their right hand over the other’s left hand. Then they take turns saying the days of the week. Each time they say a day, they must clap the other’s hand. But they must _not_ clap if the day is Friday.
Korean writing nicely distinguishes the vowels, making it easy to explain the difference between vowels and consonants. The images actually also suggest the position of your mouth. For example, "ah" is made by widening the front of the mouth. "O/u" is made in the back of the mouth.
Here they are:
From an old book: positions of the mouth while making English phonemes. In principle, this can be quite useful: say the sounds in a mirror, and checking against the illustrations can give you a good idea whether you are saying the phonemes properly. However, It seems to me that the illustration for "TH, Z, S" at least, is wrong. That's not the way I make it... or anyone else I know.
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These songs have been selected by a panel working under E.D. Hirsch as necessary cultural background in order to read fluently at the college level. As needed content, they have been exploited here to also give some listening practice, to introduce some vocabulary, and perhaps most importantly, to teach English sentence stress.
Although they are popular in the same way as folk songs, and have deep roots in the culture as do folk songs, I have separated these songs out from a separate volume of folk songs because of their religious and nationalistic nature. Religion and politics can be awkward to discuss in unfamiliar company, and so, I feel this selection must be held apart in case their introduction might offend some. Use your judgement.
Nevertheless, if you truly want to understand American culture, and so understand what Americans are talking and thinking about, you really do need to understand traditional American religious and political attitudes, as shown in these songs.
To many Americans, these are the most important things in life. Some say, in fact, that the US is a nation uniquely founded on religion (the Protestant Christianity of the Pilgrim sect that settled New England) and on specific political views (Liberty, Democracy, and Human Rights, the claimed objectives of the revolution with which America became independent).
This ebook comes with a web page, featuring the music for the songs, examples of their performance, and karaoke versions to sing.
Solution to last post
maters - tomatoes
taters - potatoes
qcomebur - cucumber
peech - peach
yeller skwash - purple squash
zookeene - zucchini
oakre - okra
purpl-hurl peas - purple-hulled peas
In this photo, the names of common vegetables and fruits are deliberately misspelled to represent how they are pronounced in the Southern US. Can you recognize them all?
Abraham Lincoln was a great speaker. As a great speaker, he understood the importance of sentence stress. In his own copy of his famous "House Divided" speech, he underlined words to stress when speaking. Here is his text. To practice English sentence stress, it might be a good id to practice saying it while putting stresses where he marked them.
I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other.
Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new -- North as well as South.