Where's the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked!
This one is my favorite:
A thatcher of Thatchwood went to Thatchet a-thatching
Did a thatcher of Thatchwood go to Thatchet a-thatching?
If a thatchcr of Thatchwood went to Thatchet a-thatching
Where's the thatching the thatcher of Thatchwood has thatched?
While writing my research paper report I had to read a lot of books on English History I came to know a lot of English folk songs, they are simple and nice. Some of them help me to learn words. Solomon Grundy is a folk song it helps you to remember the days of the week. It is a sad song/ but 1 the same it's funny too.
Born on Monday
Christened on Tuesday
Married on Wednesday
Ill on Thursday
Worse on Friday
Died on Saturday
Buried on Sunday
This is the end
Of poor old Solomon Grundy.
English proverbs are useful in many situations. Here are a few examples. When there's a will, there's a way. Or: All's well that ends well. No sweet without sweat. Lend money and lose a friend. East or West, home is best.
English jokes are very funny. They often laugh at nationalities of the British Isles. Here is a typical one. "An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were alone on a desert island." One day the Englishman found an old bottle. He broke it and out came a genie. The genie said: "I'll give you and your friends three wishes. But choose well, because you may have only one wish each" "My wish is quite simple", - said the Englishman, - "I wish to be taken home". "Your wish is my command", - said the genie, and the Englishman disappeared. "Yes, I'd like the same", - said the Scotsman. And in a minute he was at home as well. Then the genie turned to the Irishman. "And what about you? What's your wish?" The Irishman thought a little and then said: "I'm very lonely without my friends. I wish they were back here with me."
English literature has very rich traditions. English poetry is well known in the world best Russian poets translated English poetry into Russian. But of course, when you study English it's a pleasure to learn English poems in the original. My favorite poem is "If by R. Kipling. I think, he gives very good advice for the young people in this poem.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are loosing theirs and blaming it on you*
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master:
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same.
You can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build them up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch and toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginning
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them; "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, out non much;
If you can *ill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run.
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And – which is more – you'll be a Man, my son!
Yes, to learn English is such a fun, indeed!!!
List of Literature
Speak Out 3/2001 – pages 2-4 Издательство "ГЛОССА".
Борисов В.С., Борисова Л.М. "Английский не для всех"
Mark Farrell "The World Of English" England Longman 1995.
James O'Driscoll "Britain" Oxford University England Press 1995.
"Treasures Of Historical English" Борисова Л.М.
"History And Mystery Of The English Words" Борисова Л.М.
G.C. Thorney "An Outline Of English Literature" England Longman 1984.
Description; Position; Pronunciation
Short back vowel; Mainly in open syllables, when the following one contains a back vowel; English cup
macian (to make), habban (to have)
Long back [a] vowel; In any kind of syllables; English star
stбn (a stone), hбtan (to call)
Short back vowel; Met mainly in closed syllables, or in open ones, if the next syllable contains a front vowel; English bad
dжg (a day), wжter (water)
Long back vowel; as Gothicй found only in some verbal forms, as Gothicб is the result of the so - called i - mutation; German za "hlen
stж ' lon (stolen), hж ' lan (to cure)
i, ai, a
Short front vowel; as Gothic i, ai noticed only in some infinitives, otherwise is result of the mutation of i; English bed
sengean (to sing)
Long front [e] vowel; resulted from the i - mutation ofу; German Meer
dйman (to judge)
Short front vowel; can be either stable or unstable, the unstable sound can interchange with ie and y; English still
bindan (to bind), niht - nyht (a night)
Long front [i] vowel; also stable and unstable (mutating toэ); English steal
wrнtan (to write), hн - hэ (they)
Short back vowel; English cost
Long back [o] vowel; English store
Short back vowel; used only when the next syllable contains another back vowel; English book
curon (they chose)
Long back [u] vowel; English stool
lъcan (to look)
Short front vowel; i - mutation of u; German fu" nf
Long front [y] vowel; i - mutation ofъ, German glu "hen
A special short sound met only before nasals in closed syllables
monn (a man)