Prononciation anglaise: articulation, rhythm and rhyme

I believe that language is like music, and even if you know all the words, it doesn’t mean that you can sing the song, right? when you sing, you sing with rhythm, when you speak, you should also speak with rhythm.

In this lesson, I’m going to share a children’s rhyme, or as we say, a nursery rhyme (comptine). Through the rhyme, I hope that you get a stronger feel for the rhythm of the English language. Now this is a rhyme that most Americans know, it’s called, ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’.

To help you understand, I’m going to show a family quilt (quette) – it’s been in my family for fifty years. So you look at the pictures, and I’ll say the rhyme.

Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.