Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Finishing the Journey Together - With Love

Things to do:

  1. Practice exam - on blog.  GRADED.  Due Tuesday of Exam.
  2. Our Father (on exam) - recorded for EXTRA CREDIT.
  3. Extra Credit:  IPA of Gia il Sole
  4. Le Violette - MP3 recording due Friday, December 17.  If turned in by exam, letter grade higher.
  5. EXTRA Blue Bird IPA.
  6. EXAM is Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. December 14, 2010.  Regular room.

Practice Exam

Look here.

Le Violette

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Già il sole dal Gange

Già il sole dal Gange
Più chiaro sfavilla,
E terge ogni stilla
Dell'alba che piange.

Col raggio dorato
Ingemma ogni stello,
E gli astri del cielo
Dipinge nel prato.

Catalan Spanish tenor Josep Maria Carreras i Coll performs it:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sample Test Here

For your benefit:


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Class picks words for review

We had a very good class today.

Some of the lessons we learned:

  • we aren't doing as well as we thought, especially in the differences between [aw] and [ah] 
  • we are making some careless mistakes
  • we need to practice diction and review the reasons why we miss things
Most commonly missed words on test:
  • stall
  • Lord
  • call
  • salt
  • coffin
  • quality
Recurring and frustrating errors:
  • using [c] for [k]
  • using [x] for [ks]
  • remembering that a word that ends in [i] is usually modified to [I] if it is an unstressed syllable (quality)
One of the evolving lessons involves wisdom:
  • sometimes, we make mistakes because of our particular dialect
  • sometimes, we make mistakes because we out-think ourselves and modify everything to [ah]
  • sometimes, diction sources (Wall textbook, private teachers, pronouncing dictionary) are at odds about proper pronunciations
  • we have to learn to make the best choice 

Here are the words and ideas you submitted to me.  I will choose many of them for the re-test of Chapter five on Thursday, October 14.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Dr. Lawhon made me aware of this site - I'm asking if we can join as a "studio" and pay a reduced fee.