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.
Example English Activation Pack
I have created a sample English Activation Pack for you to try. The sample will give you an idea of the high-quality, professionally produced English learning material you will be using if you choose to pay what you want for this English Activation Pack.
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English Material Testimonials
My pronunciation improved!
After working through the interactive ipa chart book I understand more about how English words are sounded. Before I knew nothing and struggled to say words right. This book is necessary for everyone to use if they want to better their speaking.
I can’t say enough about the do or make pack. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I won’t make the same mistakes I used to.
Great and free!
Thanks for this free material, Richad. I like listening to your voice.
Just what I needed
This is a great way to learn about phrasal verbs as well as idioms. I have been studying English for 10 years, but I have never had such a funny way to learn before. Thank you for your hard work Richard.
Best ever idioms book
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I love science
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A good idea
It’s a very good idea. The whole pack looks nice and has a lot of information inside. I certainly learned some new vocabulary. I will buy some more packs soon. Thank you.
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It took a long time to do this mystery puzzle. A lot of material and a lot of clues to think about. I recommend it.
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I never knew there were so many food idioms in English, but I do now. This is a great eBook and I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their vocabulary. You’ll buy it if you know what side your bread is buttered.
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Funny little book
I bought this book to help show my appreciation for Richard’s hard work. It’s a bit short, but interesting nevertheless. You can tell that Richard really loves teaching us, and I learned a lot about conditionals from this little book.
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I really like the video with Dr Death, and think he was right about Sheeple. I meet them every day. This material is okay for a couple of euro. I prefer the newer English Activation Packs, though.
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A bit short
I paid only 1€ for this little comic. The idea is interesting, but I would not recommend paying more than 1€ for it.
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