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Audio Recording Challenge - Can you alliterate or how's your alliteration? - Part 1 of 2

Alliteration Defined:

Alliteration is a poetic technique in which the first consonant sounds of words are repeated in close succession (close together in a phrase or sentence).
To put it more simply: alliteration is when the beginning sounds of words repeat. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don’t have to always be right next to one another.
One of the fun features of alliteration is when it becomes a tongue twister.


Alliteration in brand names and famous peoples' names

Mickey Mouse
Porky Pig
Fred Flintstone
Donald Duck
Spongebob Squarepants


Simple examples of alliteration

Come and clean your closet.
Shut the shutter before it starts to shudder.
Round and round she rapidly ran until she realized she was running round and round.
The big bad boy was as busy as a bee.
Paula planted the pretty plants in the pot.
Larry’s lizard likes leaping over large lying leopards.





1... Read the following sentences to yourself once (only once)

2... Record your audio reading of the sentences once (only once, including any mistakes)

3... If necessary, learn how to record your voice at:

4... Post you recording

5... Enjoy, laugh and learn

.... [NOTE: sometimes laughing at ourselves helps us overcome our fear of speaking]



Part 1 of 2 - Examples of Alliteration in Literature


1 - Three grey geese in a green field grazing. Grey were the geese and green was the grass.

2 - Betty Botter bought some butter, but she said, this butter's bitter; if I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter, but a bit of better butter will make my batter better.

3 - A certain young fellow named Beebee; Wished to marry a lady named Phoebe; "But," he said. "I must see; What the minister's fee be; Before Phoebe be Phoebe Beebee"

4 -

A flea and a fly in a flue
Said the fly to the flea “What should we do”
Said the flea to the fly ”Let us fly"
Said the fly to the flea ”Let us flee”
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.




Coming Tomorrow

Part 2 of 2 - Alliteration Tongue Twisters


Jan 23, 2016 4:46 PM
Comments · 29

Here´s my take, this is a tough one but fun to record :) A nice weekend to you all!


January 23, 2016

Dan Smith, native English speaker, northeast United States (grew up near New York, lived since the 1970s near Boston).

January 25, 2016

How about reading a sonnet by Shakespeare? When someone says alliterations, Shakespeare comes to my mind.


When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

January 23, 2016
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