Here is a fun limerick. First, listen to how it sounds: There once was a lady from Hyde Who ate some green apples and died The apples fermented Inside the lamented And made cider inside her insides The fun part of this limerick is the last line, but it would not sound so interesting… Read More Cider Inside Her
IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN TWO LIMERICKS YET, GO THERE FIRST! Here are the strong words of the Two Limericks. There ONCE was a FLY on the WALL. I WONdered “why DIDn’t it FALL?” WERE it’s feet STUCK? Or WAS it just LUCK? Or does GRAvity MISS things so SMALL? There WAS a young LADY… Read More Two Limericks Part 2
Here are two very old limericks. They are from a book published in 1846 by Edward Lear, titled “A Book of Nonsense”. Remember, limericks emphasize English sentence stress. In both of these limericks, here is the number of strong words in each line: Line 1- 3 Line 2- 3 Line 3- 2 Line 4- 2… Read More Two Limericks
A limerick is a special kind of rhyme that uses a specific rhythm pattern — and limericks usually tell a funny or silly story. Here is an example: I knew a man whose name was Shaw. He ate a rock and broke his jaw. What do you think? He said, with a wink. Perhaps it’s… Read More Sentence Stress and Limericks
I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream. Linking is what makes this rhyme sound funny. It makes the two phrases “I scream” and “ice cream” sound the same. (Now are you hungry for ice cream?)
Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistle sticks. This tongue-twister is good for practicing 2 things: 1. Short-i. In all of these words, the [i] uses the Short-i sound. The key to Short-i is to relax your tongue so that it doesn’t sound like Long-E (see This or These ). 2. “TH”. Be… Read More A tongue-twister: Thistle sticks
Here is a good tongue-twister to try: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? There are 3 keys to pronouncing this well: 1. “wood” and “would” sound the same. (Words that sound the same are called homonyms.) 2. Use the Short “oo” sound to say “wood”, “would”, and “could”.… Read More A tongue-twister: How Much Wood?