Little Bits of Britlish have finally arrived and you can read the first one today. Little Bits of Britlish are eBooks designed to help you understand an important aspect of English through an authentic example of British English.
I have chosen William Wordsworth’s famous poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, also known as Daffodils, as the basis of the first eMag in the series.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
This Little Bit of Britlish looks at the rhythm of the poem and the rhyming structure. I explain the concept of stress patterns in words and sentences through the poem and you can listen to me reading every page of the eBook.
I also included a brief biography of Wordsworth, the poet, as well as some background information about how he came to write the poem in 1804 and revise it in 1815.
There are also activities to give you some practice of the concepts you have learned, as well as a full glossary of words that might be unfamiliar to you.
Importantly, the poem is also presented in both Latin and IPA scripts so that you can compare them and further improve your pronunciation.
Lavishly illustrated, the PDF also has a simpler version included that allows you to print it without the full-page graphics or the audio players.
If you are unsure whether you can properly view the PDF file and listen to the embedded audio, I have created a test file for you to download.