I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is my first Little Bit of Britlish.
It is built around the popular English poem of the same name, but also known as Daffodils, by William Wordsworth which opens:
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.
I made this Little Bit of Britlish as a way of showing you the rhythm of English. Because of their structure, poems like this one are a very useful way to demonstrate the typical rhythm of the English language.
On opening the Little Bit of Britlish, you will have the opportunity to listen to me reading the poem. Listen without reading the text to see how much of it you understand. There will be words you do not know, but don’t worry about them. I explain the meaning of unusual words in the glossary.
After you have listened to the poem, I will guide you through reading it. You can listen to it as you read and try to hear the strong and weak stresses in each word. This way, you will begin to appreciate the rhythm of English that is so important in developing your pronunciation.
To further help your pronunciation, I have included a complete phonetic transcription of the poem, too.
I have also included a brief biography of the poet William Wordsworth, and some background information on the writing and subsequent revision of the poem.
This Little Bit of Britlish also looks at rhymes in English and at stress patterns. There are activities to help you practice, too.
The PDF has a lavishly illustrated section, and a simpler black and white version which you can more easily print out on your printer.
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