Learning to Sing the Melody of English

Karen Chung, Associate Professor NTU DFLL
史嘉琳 台大外文系 副教授


Workshop manual:    pdf     Word
Music: Lute     Guitar     Celtic

    Speech as music: Listen for the beat and melody
Stress is the drumbeat that marks the rhythm of English

Willy Wonka with Drums

Constantly changing pitch form the melodies of English intonation
Listen to the pitch line of two famous sentences played on a piano

Practice text
A Lesson From My Dad    by Mary Beth M.
Word      pdf     mp3 audio reading
Phrasing 斷句
How does this sound to you?
Is this a bit better?
Let's try it with English.
Is this a bit better?
How you sound to others before working hard on your pronunciation
Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Tsing Hua in Beijing

What can happen if you're sloppy about your vowels?

One Small Step Can Change Your Life
Why Kaizen?
Also: How to Build Habits & Execute Effortlessly   2   pdf
Radio drama from The New Yorker Radio Hour:
I Work from Home       Source page

Useful links

2017 Workshop Manual  pdf  Word
Practice with /i/ vs. // and other sound contrasts here:
Stream Series Chrome Extension
Big Bang Theory transcript  Echo file  online
Parrot Story audio 2nd link
CET Listening Workshop Facebook Group
OneLook Dictionary Search
OneLook Thesaurus and Reverse Dictionary
(click "Show filters")
Audacity Recording Software  
Google Images  
Baby names  


The Free Dictionary
Cambridge Learners (IPA)

Further help with Pronunciation

YouEnGlish: Hear examples of words and phrases in context on YouTube
ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant) Pronunciation Coach (app)
How to have Alex read to you on an Apple device
For Android devices: Google Play: Google Text-to-speech
How Text-to-speech (TTS) works in Windows 10

Reading practice with pronunciation correction

That Quail, Robert: Text (Word)
That Quail, Robert: Text (pdf)
That Quail, Robert: MP3  

Practice dictations and IPA

Practice Dictations
IPA symbol handout
i2Spi:k IPA Input

Previous practice transcriptions

Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase: Yellow Horses  Homepage
Criminal Podcast: Just Mercy (excerpt)  Homepage
The Grape, from WNYC  WNYC Homepage
Drama as Rehabilitation in Prison  

Radiotopia Podcasts: Lots of high-quality podcasts!

Breaking News English – Dictation Practice (British English)

After the Workshop

CET Listening Workshop Facebook Group
Karen on Ivy League Analytical English
English questions answered!
Karen's Email Updates List
New articles!
Karen Chung's CET articles on
English pronunciation and grammar
Mini-conversations, with Echo Practice Files
NTU Open Course Ware:
Introduction to Phonetics by Karen Chung

Karen's homepage:
For Karen Chung's Courses and More




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