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The Hare and the Tortoise

A Phonetic Aesop Course IPA Symbols | Pronunciation | Literature | Vocabulary | Listenings

IPA Symbols

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation that was devised in the 19th century as a standardised way of representing the sounds of speech in written form. The British English IPA chart consists of 44 symbols representing the pure vowels (monophthongs), the gliding vowels (diphthongs), and the consonant sounds of spoken British English. The Britlish Library contains a wealth of Activities to help you to learn, remember, and use the British English IPA symbols efficiently whether you are a student or a teacher.

Pronunciation

No matter how good your English grammar and vocabulary may be, if your pronunciation is so bad that nobody can understand a word you say, then your English won't be much good as a means of communication. You might be good at grammar, have a broad vocabulary, and be able to explain all the aspects and tenses of English, but it's not much good if you can't be understood when you speak. I have designed these Activities to help you to improve your pronunciation, as well as other areas of your English.

Literature

Some students like to sit back and listen to some interesting English. It doesn't get much more interesting than some of the old classics from English literature. These Activities have been created to help you get the best from the vocabulary found in some of the old classics. As you listen and read your way through these Activities, you will also broaden your understanding of English culture.

Vocabulary

Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

Listenings

Reading is the easiest way to take in English. Listening is a much harder skill and one that has to be developed as you study the language. There are lots of speech features that arise when native English speakers speak English. These speech features, such as elision, simplification, intonation, stress, and rhythm, and the way in which speakers may miss out sounds or whole words, are important to understand if you are to be able to listen to and fully understand spoken English. These Britlish Library Activities will help you to develop you listening skills.  

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This lesson, The Hare and the Tortoise, is a message telling us that we need not always be rushing to get things done, as slow and steady often wins the race. These phonetic Aesop English language lessons will help you to master the 44 British English IPA symbols, and hopefully learn some new vocabulary.

A Phonetic Aesop Course

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The Hare and the Tortoise

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.

"Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh.

"Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I get there sooner than you think. I'll run you a race and prove it."

The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So, the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.

The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.

The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

The race is not always to the swift.

/ ðə heər ənd ðə ˈtɔː.təs /

/ ə heə wəz ˈmeɪk.ɪŋ fʌn əv ðə ˈtɔː.təs wʌn ˈdeɪ fə ˈbiːɪŋ ˈsəʊ sləʊ /

/ də ju ˈev.ə ˈɡet ˈe.ni.weə / hi ˈɑːskt wɪð ə ˈmɒkɪŋ lɑːf /

/ jes / rɪ.ˈplaɪd ðə ˈtɔː.təs / ənd ˈaɪ ˈɡet ðə ˈsuː.nə ðən ju ˈθɪŋk / aɪl rʌn ju ə reɪs ənd pruːv ˈɪt /

/ ðə heə wəz ˈmʌtʃ ə.ˈmjuːzd ət ði aɪ.ˈdɪər əv ˈrʌn.ɪŋ ə reɪs wɪð ðə ˈtɔː.təs / bət fə ðə fʌn əv ðə ˈθɪŋ hi ə.ˈɡriːd / ˈsəʊ / ðə fɒks / ˈhuː həd kən.ˈsen.tɪd tu ækt əz dʒʌdʒ / mɑːkt ðə ˈdɪ.stəns ənd ˈstɑː.tɪd ðə ˈrʌ.nəz ɒf /

/ ðə heə wəz suːn ˈfɑːr ˈaʊt əv saɪt / ənd tə ˈmeɪk ðə ˈtɔː.təs fiːl ˈver.i ˈdiː.pli ˈhaʊ rɪ.ˈdɪ.kjʊ.ləs ˈɪt wəz fər ɪm tə ˈtraɪ ə reɪs wɪð ə heə / hi leɪ daʊn bɪ.ˈsaɪd ðə kɔːs tə ˈteɪk ə næp ʌn.ˈtɪl ðə ˈtɔː.təs ʃəd ˈkætʃ ʌp /

/ ðə ˈtɔː.təs ˈmiːn.waɪl kept ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ ˈsləʊ.li bət ˈste.dɪ.li / ænd / ˈɑːf.tər ə ˈtaɪm / pɑːst ðə ˈpleɪs weə ðə heə wəz ˈsliːp.ɪŋ / bət ðə heə slept ɒn ˈver.i ˈpiː.sfə.li / ənd wen ət lɑːst hi dɪd weɪk ʌp / ðə ˈtɔː.təs wəz nɪə ðə ɡəʊl / ðə heə naʊ ræn ɪz ˈswɪf.tɪst / bət hi kəd nɒt ˌəʊv.ə.ˈteɪk ðə ˈtɔː.təs ɪn ˈtaɪm /

/ ðə reɪs ɪz nɒt ˈɔːl.weɪz tə ðə swɪft /

A Phonetic Aesop

Aesop’s Fables have been retold numerous times and added to over the centuries, and many of the fables’ morals have become so well known that they have become part of the English language. The lessons in this course are based on a 1919 version of Aesop’s Fables chosen because the language is suitable for learners of English yet is rich and varied enough to cover all aspects of British English pronunciation when coupled with the British English phonetic transcripts. Translated into British English IPA transcripts, these phonetic Aesop lessons will help students improve their pronunciation and teachers of English as a second or foreign language who want to work on pronunciation in the classroom.

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