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Connected Speech in Real Life #1 – From Jar of Hearts to Jar of Farts

The hit song Jar of Hearts (2010) by Christina Perri became the subject of numerous parodies due to many people mishearing the title lyrics as not ‘jar of hearts’ but the rather more odious ‘jar of farts’.

Why did this happen? Well it’s all down to connected speech and the sound connection between ‘of’ and ‘hearts’. This is a cc (consonant to consonant) sound connection and we can see in Lesson 5.7 Connected Speech that we need to change this to a vc (vowel to consonant) connection. When the second syllable in a sound connection starts with a  h  sound we usually delete it and then move forward the final consonant sound of the first syllable. As the voiced consonant sound  v  (from ‘of’) moves forward, it changes to its unvoiced equivalent  f.

So we go from:

jar     of     hearts     (Jar Ov Hartz in Clear Alphabet)

to:

Jar     r     Fartz

The first sound connection ‘jar of’ is vv (vowel to vowel), so we connect with a  r  sound (intrusion). ‘Of’ is a function word, so it is not stressed and after losing its final consonant sound becomes an embedded schwa sound after  r:  Jar r

In short, it’s too difficult for the singer to pronounce  v  and  h  together (‘of hearts’), since a vc connection is required. It’s no surprise then that such a lovely sentiment on paper (‘jar of hearts’) becomes something rather more pungently unpleasant in the listener’s ears. It’s just unfortunate that the normal process of using connected speech to create vc connections has resulted in an entirely different phrase, but one that was humorously relevant.

Song with Future Tenses and Conditionals: First & Zero

Song with Future Tenses and Conditionals: First & Zero

Song with Future Tenses and Conditionals: First & Zero
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Ambiguity in English - Anne-Marie / 2002

Ambiguity in English – Anne-Marie / 2002

Ambiguity in English no. 4,109

Listen to the song called “2002” by the English singer Anne-Marie.

“Singing at the top of both our lungs…”

Do they each have one lung or two?

How could you rephrase this to avoid ambiguity? Please leave a comment below!

Image: http://press.atlanticrecords.com/anne-marie/

 

Talking about a Song in an ESOL Class

NEW Podcast! Talking about a Song in an ESOL Class

Get some great new teaching material for planning a spoken presentation about a song in ESOL classes.

This week we publish a brand new free printable worksheet that will help students to plan and prepare a spoken presentation where they talk about a favourite or memorable song:

Listen and download the free MP3 lesson: Talking about a Song in an ESOL Class (20MB, Google Drive)

You can download the free printable worksheet here:

https://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/free-printable-worksheets/talking-about-a-song-in-an-esol-class/

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Singing - Discussion Words

FREE Podcast! Episode 9 – Vocabulary Words about Singing

Let’s have a fun listening activity on the topic of singing! I’m going to read out loud forty vocabulary words – four words at a time – and you have to either say them out loud or write them down. Check if you’ve got everything right by downloading the free vocabulary handout here:

Singing – Discussion Words

This activity is probably more suitable for learners at Intermediate level and above!

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