Sunday, 20 December 2009

ˈbluː ˈkrɪsməs

aɪl hæv ə bluː krɪsməs wɪðaʊt juː
aɪl biː soʊ bluː dʒʌs θɪŋkɪŋ əbaʊt juː
dekəreɪʃənz əv red ɑn ə griːn krɪsməs triː
woʊm biː ðə seɪm dɪr ɪf jɔr nɑt hɪr wɪð mi

ən wen ðoʊz bluː snoʊfleɪks stɑrt fɑːlɪn
ðæts wen ðoʊz bluː memriz stɑrt kɑːlɪn
juːl biː duːɪn ɑːlraɪt wɪð jɔːr krɪsməs əv hwaɪt
t aɪl hæv ə bluː bluː bluː bluː krɪsməs


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Saturday, 19 December 2009

ˈwɪntər ˈwʌndərlænd

sleɪ belz rɪŋ, ɑr ju lɪsnɪŋ
ɪn ðə leɪn snoʊ ɪz glɪsnɪŋ
ə bjuːtəfl saɪt wɪə hæpi tənaɪt
wɔːkɪn ɪn ə wɪntər wʌndərlænd

gɑːn əweɪ ɪz ðə bluːbɜrd
hɪər tə steɪ ɪz ðə njuːbɜrd
hɪ sɪŋz ə lʌv sɔːŋ əz wiː goʊ əlɔːŋ
wɔːkɪn ɪn ə wɪntər wʌndərlænd

ɪn ðə medoʊ wiː kæm bɪld ə snoʊmæn
æm prɪtend ðət hiːz pɑrsəm braʊn
hiːl seɪ ɑr ju mærɪd wil seɪ noʊ mæn
bət ju kæn duː ðə dʒɑb wen jɜr ɪn taʊn

leɪtər ɑn wiːl kənspaɪr
æz wi driːm baɪ ðə faɪr
tə feɪs ʌnəfreɪd
ðə plænz ðət wi meɪd
wɔːkɪn ɪn ə wɪntər wʌndərlænd

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Down with a flu!!!


A couple of days ago, I was going to update this blog after such a long, long time. But unfortunately, I have been down with a flu these few days. I was a bit worried because of swine flu until the doctor assured me that it’s just a regular one. (Well, the coughing I have been making a number of times could be phonetically transcribed as [ʔh: ʔ:h::] (very tight glottal closure followed by a burst of glottal fricative!)) Anyway, I hope I will be able to come back again in a couple of days time.
By the way, would you like to sing a ballad for pronunciation practice? Here’s my version of “Love Me Tender” for you! Slow ballads are always good to check your own pronunciation with. There will be two major points to bear in mind in singing this song: 1) for /l/ of ‘love’ the contact between the tongue tip and the alveolar ridge should be prolonged just a little — slightly longer than is the normal case, and 2) the vowel of ‘love’ should be a little closer than [ʌ], ie., more like [ə] (because you’re supposed to sing with an American accent).

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Love me tender, love me sweet,
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete,
And I love you so.

Love me tender, love me true,
All my dreams fulfilled.
For my darlin’ I love you,
And I always will.

Love me tender, love me long,
Take me to your heart.
For it’s there that I belong,
And we’ll never part.

Love me tender, love me dear,
Tell me you are mine.
I’ll be yours through all the years,
Till the end of time.

Well...I think I should go back to bed now.

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