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Offline Caeli

Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #100 on: November 19, 2008, 06:56:37 PM »
For those of you with recording problems, I highly recommend Audacity.

"Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems."

I use a different program if I'm trying to mix songs and stuff, but Audacity is really simple to use, and for the purposes of recording something, it works sufficiently well. :)

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #101 on: November 20, 2008, 02:54:59 AM »
OK Paradox, I can see why you found this one, and your nickname is even in this one Paramour.  Now who else is up for the next level? 

Anyhoo, I sped up slightly on this one and it still came out at 15.5 minutes, much longer with many more trips and falls to avoid.

Nice find Parachute *handshake*

Here is My shot at it:
http://www.speedyshare.com/400296864.html

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
    I will teach you in my verse
    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
    Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear;
    Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
    Just compare heart, hear and heard,
    Dies and diet, lord and word.
Sword and sward, retain and Britain
(Mind the latter how it's written).
    Made has not the sound of bade,
    Say - said, pay - paid, laid but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
    But be careful how you speak,
    Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak,
Previous, precious, fuchsia, via
Recipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir;
    Woven, oven, how and low,
    Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.
Say, expecting fraud and trickery:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
    Branch, ranch, measles, topsails, aisles,
    Missiles, similes, reviles.
Wholly, holly, signal, signing,
Same, examining, but mining,
    Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
    Solar, mica, war and far.
From "desire": desirable - admirable from "admire",
Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier,
    Topsham, brougham, renown, but known,
    Knowledge, done, lone, gone, none, tone,
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel.
    Gertrude, German, wind and wind,
    Beau, kind, kindred, queue, mankind,
Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,
Reading, Reading, heathen, heather.
    This phonetic labyrinth
    Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.
Have you ever yet endeavoured
To pronounce revered and severed,
    Demon, lemon, ghoul, foul, soul,
    Peter, petrol and patrol?
Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
    Blood and flood are not like food,
    Nor is mould like should and would.
Banquet is not nearly parquet,
Which exactly rhymes with khaki.
    Discount, viscount, load and broad,
    Toward, to forward, to reward,
Ricocheted and crocheting, croquet?
Right! Your pronunciation's OK.
    Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
    Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Is your R correct in higher?
Keats asserts it rhymes with Thalia.
    Hugh, but hug, and hood, but hoot,
    Buoyant, minute, but minute.
Say abscission with precision,
Now: position and transition;
    Would it tally with my rhyme
    If I mentioned paradigm?
Twopence, threepence, tease are easy,
But cease, crease, grease and greasy?
    Cornice, nice, valise, revise,
    Rabies, but lullabies.
Of such puzzling words as nauseous,
Rhyming well with cautious, tortious,
    You'll envelop lists, I hope,
    In a linen envelope.
Would you like some more? You'll have it!
Affidavit, David, davit.
    To abjure, to perjure. Sheik
    Does not sound like Czech but ache.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, loch, moustache, eleven.
    We say hallowed, but allowed,
    People, leopard, towed but vowed.
Mark the difference, moreover,
Between mover, plover, Dover.
    Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
    Chalice, but police and lice,
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
    Petal, penal, and canal,
    Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal,
Suit, suite, ruin. Circuit, conduit
Rhyme with "shirk it" and "beyond it",
    But it is not hard to tell
    Why it's pall, mall, but Pall Mall.
Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,
Timber, climber, bullion, lion,
    Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
    Senator, spectator, mayor,
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
Has the A of drachm and hammer.
    Pussy, hussy and possess,
    Desert, but desert, address.
Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants
Hoist in lieu of flags left pennants.
    Courier, courtier, tomb, bomb, comb,
    Cow, but Cowper, some and home.
"Solder, soldier! Blood is thicker",
Quoth he, "than liqueur or liquor",
    Making, it is sad but true,
    In bravado, much ado.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
    Pilot, pivot, gaunt, but aunt,
    Font, front, wont, want, grand and grant.
Arsenic, specific, scenic,
Relic, rhetoric, hygienic.
    Gooseberry, goose, and close, but close,
    Paradise, rise, rose, and dose.
Say inveigh, neigh, but inveigle,
Make the latter rhyme with eagle.
    Mind! Meandering but mean,
    Valentine and magazine.
And I bet you, dear, a penny,
You say mani-(fold) like many,
    Which is wrong. Say rapier, pier,
    Tier (one who ties), but tier.
Arch, archangel; pray, does erring
Rhyme with herring or with stirring?
    Prison, bison, treasure trove,
    Treason, hover, cover, cove,
Perseverance, severance. Ribald
Rhymes (but piebald doesn't) with nibbled.
    Phaeton, paean, gnat, ghat, gnaw,
    Lien, psychic, shone, bone, pshaw.
Don't be down, my own, but rough it,
And distinguish buffet, buffet;
    Brood, stood, roof, rook, school, wool, boon,
    Worcester, Boleyn, to impugn.
Say in sounds correct and sterling
Hearse, hear, hearken, year and yearling.
    Evil, devil, mezzotint,
    Mind the z! (A gentle hint.)
Now you need not pay attention
To such sounds as I don't mention,
    Sounds like pores, pause, pours and paws,
    Rhyming with the pronoun yours;
Nor are proper names included,
Though I often heard, as you did,
    Funny rhymes to unicorn,
    Yes, you know them, Vaughan and Strachan.
No, my maiden, coy and comely,
I don't want to speak of Cholmondeley.
    No. Yet Froude compared with proud
    Is no better than McLeod.
But mind trivial and vial,
Tripod, menial, denial,
    Troll and trolley, realm and ream,
    Schedule, mischief, schism, and scheme.
Argil, gill, Argyll, gill. Surely
May be made to rhyme with Raleigh,
    But you're not supposed to say
    Piquet rhymes with sobriquet.
Had this invalid invalid
Worthless documents? How pallid,
    How uncouth he, couchant, looked,
    When for Portsmouth I had booked!
Zeus, Thebes, Thales, Aphrodite,
Paramour, enamoured, flighty,
    Episodes, antipodes,
    Acquiesce, and obsequies.
Please don't monkey with the geyser,
Don't peel 'taters with my razor,
    Rather say in accents pure:
    Nature, stature and mature.
Pious, impious, limb, climb, glumly,
Worsted, worsted, crumbly, dumbly,
    Conquer, conquest, vase, phase, fan,
    Wan, sedan and artisan.
The TH will surely trouble you
More than R, CH or W.
    Say then these phonetic gems:
    Thomas, thyme, Theresa, Thames.
Thompson, Chatham, Waltham, Streatham,
There are more but I forget 'em -
    Wait! I've got it: Anthony,
    Lighten your anxiety.
The archaic word albeit
Does not rhyme with eight - you see it;
    With and forthwith, one has voice,
    One has not, you make your choice.
Shoes, goes, does [1]. Now first say: finger;
Then say: singer, ginger, linger.
    Real, zeal, mauve, gauze and gauge,
    Marriage, foliage, mirage, age,
Hero, heron, query, very,
Parry, tarry, fury, bury,
    Dost, lost, post, and doth, cloth, loth,
    Job, Job, blossom, bosom, oath.
Faugh, oppugnant, keen oppugners,
Bowing, bowing, banjo-tuners
    Holm you know, but noes, canoes,
    Puisne, truism, use, to use?
Though the difference seems little,
We say actual, but victual,
    Seat, sweat, chaste, caste, Leigh, eight, height,
    Put, nut, granite, and unite
Reefer does not rhyme with deafer,
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
    Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,
    Hint, pint, senate, but sedate.
Gaelic, Arabic, pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific;
    Tour, but our, dour, succour, four,
    Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Say manoeuvre, yacht and vomit,
Next omit, which differs from it
    Bona fide, alibi
    Gyrate, dowry and awry.
Sea, idea, guinea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
    Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
    Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion,
    Rally with ally; yea, ye,
    Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay!
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
    Never guess - it is not safe,
    We say calves, valves, half, but Ralf.
Starry, granary, canary,
Crevice, but device, and eyrie,
    Face, but preface, then grimace,
    Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Bass, large, target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, oust, joust, and scour, but scourging;
    Ear, but earn; and ere and tear
    Do not rhyme with here but heir.
Mind the O of off and often
Which may be pronounced as orphan,
    With the sound of saw and sauce;
    Also soft, lost, cloth and cross.
Pudding, puddle, putting. Putting?
Yes: at golf it rhymes with shutting.
    Respite, spite, consent, resent.
    Liable, but Parliament.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,
    Monkey, donkey, clerk and jerk,
    Asp, grasp, wasp, demesne, cork, work.
A of valour, vapid, vapour,
S of news (compare newspaper),
    G of gibbet, gibbon, gist,
    I of antichrist and grist,
Differ like diverse and divers,
Rivers, strivers, shivers, fivers.
    Once, but nonce, toll, doll, but roll,
    Polish, Polish, poll and poll.
Pronunciation - think of Psyche! -
Is a paling, stout and spiky.
    Won't it make you lose your wits
    Writing groats and saying 'grits'?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel
Strewn with stones like rowlock, gunwale,
    Islington, and Isle of Wight,
    Housewife, verdict and indict.
Don't you think so, reader, rather,
Saying lather, bather, father?
    Finally, which rhymes with enough,
    Though, through, bough, cough, hough, sough, tough??
Hiccough has the sound of sup...
My advice is: GIVE IT UP!

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« Last Edit: April 16, 2009, 01:23:07 AM by Dawg »

Offline Paradox

Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #102 on: November 20, 2008, 08:48:37 AM »
Yeah, perhaps B. Shaw just shortened G. Nolst Trenite's original version of The Chaos.

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #103 on: November 20, 2008, 09:04:09 AM »
Apparently so, you should give that one a try, even practicing it once before I did it I stumbled in a few places.

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #104 on: November 20, 2008, 10:39:11 AM »
Dawg... None of yours play for me.   :'(

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #105 on: November 20, 2008, 10:51:08 AM »
Dawg... None of yours play for me.   :'(


Damn Dang, it will play with the Quicktime plugin in Firefox if you have that, or have you tried downloading it and opening it in "window Media Player"?

I will try remixing it into a different format later tonight, i think I used the MPG3 overlay.  maybe you don't have the right codec.

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #106 on: November 20, 2008, 10:54:16 AM »
I have quicktime and firefox... but still not working for some reason.  It plays Para's... But it won't play yours..

*tries again*

Edit:  It just loads endlessly. 
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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #107 on: November 20, 2008, 12:41:45 PM »
I have quicktime and firefox... but still not working for some reason.  It plays Para's... But it won't play yours..

*tries again*

Edit:  It just loads endlessly. 

MNDs did that same thing to me.


I'd be willing to try that one, but geeeeeezus its long! Talk about using breathing points!

Offline Eleanor

Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #108 on: November 20, 2008, 12:44:00 PM »
Wow there's lots of people posting their voices, I'm way behind

Caeli - Islington and Balmoral are understandable, they're random places in the UK. Your voice is so nice ^^
Josietta - It kept going wierd (and you kept laughing :) ) but what I did hear sounded very good.
Kalen - It is terpsichore, you said it right, lovely voice
Dawg - I don't know why but I didn't imagine you voice like that ^^ I can't remember any mispronunciations
Para- Epic voice though you speak rather quickly!

*stares at the new scarily long poem* eep! it might be beyond me...

I've finally got hold of a mic so I'll be adding my version soon... (the short one for starters I think)

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #109 on: November 20, 2008, 12:58:04 PM »
MNDs did that same thing to me.
I'd be willing to try that one, but geeeeeezus its long! Talk about using breathing points!


You need to wait until after a 14 hour day at work, then push out 1,500 words for Nano, another 1,000 or so for games, beat yourself up because you think you could have done so much more, let the dog out and when they would rather chase the possum than come back in run out in below freezing weather in your flannel pajama's to get them back in, sit down and look at your clock and realize you have three hours before you need to get up and start over again, then say F&*k it and go for it.  Then you won't be worrying about the length :)

Wow there's lots of people posting their voices, I'm way behind

Caeli - Islington and Balmoral are understandable, they're random places in the UK. Your voice is so nice ^^
Josietta - It kept going wierd (and you kept laughing :) ) but what I did hear sounded very good.
Kalen - It is terpsichore, you said it right, lovely voice
Dawg - I don't know why but I didn't imagine you voice like that ^^ I can't remember any mispronunciations
Para- Epic voice though you speak rather quickly!

*stares at the new scarily long poem* eep! it might be beyond me...

I've finally got hold of a mic so I'll be adding my version soon... (the short one for starters I think)

One I am looking forward to hearing your and too, I hope you were pleasantly surprised by my voice - no mispronunciations that you could spot (thanks)

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #110 on: November 20, 2008, 01:02:47 PM »
You need to wait until after a 14 hour day at work, then push out 1,500 words for Nano, another 1,000 or so for games, beat yourself up because you think you could have done so much more, let the dog out and when they would rather chase the possum than come back in run out in below freezing weather in your flannel pajama's to get them back in, sit down and look at your clock and realize you have three hours before you need to get up and start over again, then say F&*k it and go for it.  Then you won't be worrying about the length :)

One I am looking forward to hearing your and too, I hope you were pleasantly surprised by my voice - no mispronunciations that you could spot (thanks)

Yes ^^ I like your voice!

Here's mine! It doesn't sound like the voice in my head.

http://www.speedyshare.com/670286431.html

I struggled to say finger for some reason...

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #111 on: November 20, 2008, 01:08:21 PM »
Yeah I struggled with that one as well. I think it's because Singer follows it, and our minds are looking for that slight variation in pronunciation ahead of time.

The voice we hear played back never sounds like the one we hear in our heads  :P

You have a nice accent! It's interesting to hear these words spoken in it, since every recording so far has been from across the ocean.

Dawg- I listened again last night. I've forgotten the errors again though...there were hardly any, so don't worru about it!

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #112 on: November 20, 2008, 01:10:23 PM »
Yeah I struggled with that one as well. I think it's because Singer follows it, and our minds are looking for that slight variation in pronunciation ahead of time.

The voice we hear played back never sounds like the one we hear in our heads  :P

You have a nice accent! It's interesting to hear these words spoken in it, since every recording so far has been from across the ocean.

Dawg- I listened again last night. I've forgotten the errors again though...there were hardly any, so don't worru about it!

oh thank you :) and I had noticed the utter lack of english people, know any that can be persuaded to to take part?

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #113 on: November 20, 2008, 01:14:26 PM »
MND's loads endlessly for me too...  :-\

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #114 on: November 20, 2008, 01:14:47 PM »
Very lovely Eleanor! Nice job. :)

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #115 on: November 20, 2008, 01:18:56 PM »
Yes ^^ I like your voice!
Here's mine! It doesn't sound like the voice in my head.
http://www.speedyshare.com/670286431.html
I struggled to say finger for some reason...

No struggle there at all love, thought it quite spiffing myself. Your voice and accent are dreamy and I didn't notice any errors worth mentioning.

Excellent job

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #116 on: November 20, 2008, 01:32:33 PM »
spiffing eh? *giggles* thanks Kurzyk and Dawg

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #117 on: November 20, 2008, 01:42:36 PM »
Wow there's lots of people posting their voices, I'm way behind
Josietta - It kept going wierd (and you kept laughing :) ) but what I did hear sounded very good.



Yeah that would be my stupid mic. I got a new one now though, so it should work better. And as for the laughing, that would have been due to my silliness, lack of sleep, and the fact it was 3am.  Thank you though. I'll be redoing the long one with the new mic.

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #118 on: November 20, 2008, 03:05:36 PM »
I didn't realize mine was making so many problems. I shall look into it!

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #119 on: November 20, 2008, 03:13:33 PM »
I decided to jump on the bangwagon. :P

My mic is odd, and brings my voice down in pitch from like 0:09-0:25. But other then that, a few mess ups purely on my part, as I kept forgetting that people need to breathe...

http://www.speedyshare.com/684637585.html

Oh I totally missed yours! Sorry! The change in your voice with the mic is really odd, I like your voice the rest of the time and I didn't notice any mistakes

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2008, 06:32:57 PM »
Okay. heres the longer (and more difficult) one.. geezus i sucked.. i even said so in my recording lol.. pardon my very pooor pronunciation!

http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/11/8/1572554/horrrridpronunciation.mp3 




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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #121 on: November 20, 2008, 06:56:06 PM »
Ahh came through a lot clearer and wow that looks tough. Was reading a long as you were reciting. Nice job!
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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #122 on: November 20, 2008, 07:35:40 PM »
Woot! Haven't heard it yet Josietta but I am sure you did great. Yes the longer version is tougher, I hope some of the others follow our lead on that one too

On the way home and prep time for this weekend, but I will be listening to yours before I sign out tomorrow morning

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #123 on: November 20, 2008, 07:48:08 PM »
I'll do it again... this weekend.

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Re: A Challenge For English Speakers:)
« Reply #124 on: November 20, 2008, 08:10:56 PM »
How about reading something out loud... like from a favorite book?  Or I always liked reading "The Raven" out loud.  :P 

My cam has a built in mic, but I've never used it, not sure how.   *shrugs*