The Rhythm of English


Exercises to practice the rhythm of spoken English

Use the above recording or this Metronome Online* for each of the exercises.

If you know how to record your voice on your computer, do so. You could use GarageBand on Mac or Sound Recorder on Windows, for example.

Then you can check if you are really speaking at the same time as the recording.

 

Exercise 1
Start the recording and say, at the same time as the recording:

one – two – three – four – five – six – seven – eight – nine – ten – eleven – twelve

Exercise 2
Start the recording again and say:

one by – two by – three by – four by – five by – six by – seven by – eight by – nine by – ten by – eleven by – twelve by

The words one, two, three, four, etc. must still be said at the same time as these words on the recording.

Exercise 3
Start the recording again and say:

one an’a* – two an’a – three an’a – four an’a – five an’a – six an’a – seven an’a – eight an’a – nine an’a – ten an’a – eleven an’a – twelve an’a

The words one, two, three, four, etc. must still be said at the same time as these words on the recording.

Exercise 4
Start the recording again and say:

a one – a two – a three – a four – a five – a six – a sevenan eight – a nine – a ten – an elevena twelve

The words one, two, three, four, etc. must still be said at the same time as these words on the recording.

Exercise 5
Start the recording again and say:

an’a one – an’a two – an’a three – an’a four – an’a five – an’a six – an’a sevenan’an eight – an’a nine – an’a ten – an’an elevenan’a twelve

The words one, two, three, four, etc. must still be said at the same time as these words on the recording.

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Note: “and a” is pronounced with no /d/ and two schwa sounds: /ənə/

* This video shows how to use the metronome: Metronome Online tutorial.
The default is 92 beats-per-minute but try 60 to begin.

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