Practise Speaking English: Nursery Rhymes
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Practise Speaking English: Nursery Rhymes

A fun way to improve your spoken English pronunciation and fluency.
4.5 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,663 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 34 mins on-demand video
  • 41 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak English like a native!
  • Speak English more fluently.
  • Pronounce English words better.
  • Know more about English culture.
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Requirements
  • To want to have fun learning to speak English.
Description

Nursery rhymes are an easy and fun way to learn English.  They help you practise your English pronunciation and improve your fluency in speaking English.

Have Fun Practising Speaking English.

  • Learn more English words: build your English vocabulary.
  • Practice English word patterns.
  • Build confidence in speaking English.
  • Find fun ways to use the English language.
  • Speak English fluently!

Nursery rhymes are an easy and fun way to learn to speak English.

Nursery rhymes are short, little stories that all native English speakers learn when they are children.  They are taught them by their parents and grandparents and will also play games based on the nursery rhymes at school and in the playground.

Therefore, every native English speaker that you may meet, will know these nursery rhymes! 

Knowing these rhymes will give you something in common with any native English speaker that you might meet and therefore a common cultural link which will help you form friendships!

Most of all, nursery rhymes are a fun way to practice speaking the English language. 

Listen and Repeat

This course uses the tried and tested, successful method of learning to speak English:

Listen and Repeat!

  • You will listen to each nursery rhyme in short, entertaining videos.
  • You will then practise speaking each nursery rhyme.
  • It is extremely important, that you practise speaking out loud
  • Speaking out loud fixes the language patterns, pronunciation and vocabulary in your brain!

You may notice that each of the nursery rhymes often has an associated tune or a particular rhythm which is learnt alongside it.  

Some of the rhymes also have actions!

Note:

Some of the nursery rhymes are naturally spoken quite quickly. We have included a slow version for if you have difficulty following the normal speed version.

 

You will:

  • Practise speaking English in the same way that native English speakers learn. 
  • Improve your pronunciation, tone, rhythm and fluency.


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn English like a native!
  • Anyone who wants to practise speaking English.
  • Anyone who wants an easy way to become more fluent in speaking English.
  • Anyone who is looking for a fun way to improve their spoken English.
  • Anyone who wants to have fun learning English.
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Introduction
2 Lectures 02:50
Introduction
01:13

Introduction
01:37
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A Sailor Went to Sea
7 Lectures 02:39
Introduction: A Sailor Went to Sea
00:26

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:05

A Sailor Went to Sea
00:27

Listen and Repeat
00:07

Listen & Repeat: A Sailor Went To Sea
00:55

Speaking Practice
00:11

Speaking Practice: A Sailor Went To Sea
00:27
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Grand Old Duke of York
13 Lectures 06:39
Introduction: Grand Old Duke of York
00:45

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:05

Grand Old Duke of York
00:26

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme (slow)
00:04

Grand Old Duke of York (Slow)
00:56

Listen and Repeat
00:07

Listen & Repeat: The Grand Old Duke of York
00:46

Listen and Repeat (slow)
00:07

Listen & Repeat: The Grand Old Duke of York (Slow)
01:36

Speaking Practice
00:11

Speaking Practice: The Grand Old Duke of York
00:26

Speaking Practice (slow)
00:11

Speaking Practice: The Grand Old Duke of York (Slow)
00:56


English uses several rules to help with its idiosyncratic spelling.


One of these rules is

  • "i before e except after c"


However, to every spelling rule in English there are always exceptions!

In the Grand Old Duke of York, we heard the word neither.

It is an exception to this rule. 


The following quiz will help you practise using this rule.




Grand Old Duke of York
8 questions
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Incy Wincy Spider
7 Lectures 02:43
Introduction: Incey, Wincey Spider
00:24

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:05

Incey, Wincey, Spider
00:27

Listen and Repeat
00:07

Listen & Repeat: Incey, Wincey Spider
01:01

Speaking Practice
00:11

Speaking Practice: Incey, Wincey Spider
00:27
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
7 Lectures 02:48
Introduction: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
00:15

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:05

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
00:32

Listen and Repeat
00:09

Listen & Repeat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
01:00

Speaking Practice
00:13

Speaking Practice: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
00:32
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Hey Diddle Diddle
11 Lectures 03:18
Introduction: Hey Diddle Diddle
00:14

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:06

Hey Diddle Diddle
00:20

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme (slow)
00:04

Hey Diddle Diddle (Slow)
00:27

Listen and Repeat
00:07

Listen & Repeat: Hey Diddle Diddle
00:43

Speaking Practice
00:11

Speaking Practice: Hey Diddle Diddle
00:25

Speaking Practice (slow)
00:11

Speaking Practice: Hey Diddle Diddle (Slow)
00:28

A nursery rhyme uses words that rhyme!

To rhyme, means words that have similar sounds (but do not mean the same).

For example: diddle and fiddle.

This quiz is a fun way to test your knowledge of rhymes!


Your own language may use sounds that are very different to English and make pronunciation of certain English sounds difficult for you. If you find it difficult to say some of the words in this quiz, please ask for help in the Q & A section of the course dashboard.

What Words Rhyme
3 questions
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Mary Had a Little Lamb
14 Lectures 05:53
Introduction: Mary Had a Little Lamb
00:20

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme
00:05

Mary Had a Little Lamb
00:19

Listen to the Nursery Rhyme (slow)
00:04

Mary Had a Little Lamb (Slow)
00:29

Listen and Repeat
00:07

Listen & Repeat: Mary Had a Little Lamb
00:33

Listen and Repeat (slow)
00:07

Listen & Repeat: Mary Had a Little Lamb (Slow)
00:29

Speaking Practice
00:11

Speaking Practice: Mary Had a Little Lamb
00:19

Speaking Practice (slow)
00:11

Speaking Practice: Mary Had a Little Lamb (Slow)
00:29

As white as snow is a comparative idiom. This assignment will help you learn some more English Idioms.
Comparative Idioms
1 question

More About Comparative Idioms
02:06
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All The Nursery Rhymes Together!
7 Lectures 16:42
Listen and Repeat: All the Nursery Rhymes Together!
00:08

Listen and Repeat: All the Nursery Rhymes
05:53

Speaking Practice: All the Nursery Rhymes
00:02

Speaking Practice: All the Nursery Rhymes
04:37

Speaking Practice with Mike! All the Nursery Rhymes.
00:03

Speaking Practice with Mike
04:31

Words to all the Nursery Rhymes
01:27
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What's Next!
4 Lectures 03:10
More Nursery Rhymes Coming Soon!
00:09

How You Learn To Speak English
01:16

Preview of Nursery Rhymes coming soon!
00:35

Preview of Nursery Rhymes Coming Soon!
01:10
About the Instructor
Mike Williams
4.4 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,685 Students
2 Courses
Teacher of English as a foreign language.

Mike is a qualified teacher in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses. He teaches groups and individuals in formal and informal settings and designs courses to their individual needs.  He also utilises the internet for distance learning.

Until leaving Scotland in May 2013 to come and live in Austria, Mike was a Firefighter with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. He was second in command of his unit. He was also an Instructor for Safe Working at Heights incorporating rope rescue. This followed twenty years working in London as a Driving Instructor (Grade 6/6). Mike has huge enthusiasm for teaching and likes to retain a fun element whilst ensuring information is both imparted and learnt in a clear, methodical fashion.

Mike was born in Scotland. He has a light Scottish accent, but is also a good mimic of accents (a result of service in the British Army, Royal Engineers) and is great at broadening experience of the many dialects and accents of the various regions of the United Kingdom.

He enjoys skiing; so much so, that he took the Austrian ski instructors examinations, in German! He now spends the winter months teaching skiing, in English or German, to students of any age, from many countries and all walks of life, in a beautiful, breathtaking alpine setting.

Julia Williams
4.4 Average rating
15 Reviews
1,685 Students
2 Courses

Osteopath and naturopath with over 20 years clinical practice. I am passionate about helping people realise their optimum health potential.  

I am also certified to teach English as a Foreign Language and as such assist my husband, Mike Williams in his day to day teaching as well as online courses.