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A Phonetic Mother Goose, Vol. 2

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FC: Vol. 2 | A Phonetic MOTHER GOOSE | by students in English TI4 - TR43 Ms. Drake's class Nov. 2012

1: As students of translation and interpretation at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), in Lima, Peru, we have spent the past semester studying many aspects of the English language, including pronunciation and the art/science of phonetic transcription. The symbol system that we use in our English TI4 class is the International Phonetic Alphabet. We use the IPA symbols to do broad phonemic transcriptions of General American English. As a way to practice our transcription skills, we have transcribed some classic English-language nursery rhymes, or "Mother Goose" rhymes, as they are sometimes called. Each of us (or in some cases, two of us) transcribed one rhyme and chose some interesting facts about the rhyme. You'll also find the original rhyme as it is written in English. There are many variations in the words in nursery rhymes, but we've included just one version for each -- one that is widely known. Enjoy! --The students in Ms. Barbara Drake's TI4 class, section TR43 November 2012

2: INDEX OF RHYMES 1. Three Blind Mice, transcribed by Samantha Sanguinetti Castro (4 - 5) More than 400 years old, this rhyme was originally meant for adults. 2. There Was a Little Girl, trans. Araceli Mena Torres (6 - 7) This rhyme was written by a famous American poet. 3. Wee Willie Winkie, trans. Astrid Lozano Ueda (8 – 9) A Scottish rhyme about a job many children performed in the 1800s. 4. Goosey, Goosey, Gander, trans. Arlenne Chavez Milla (10 – 11) The unusual words in this rhyme may twist your tongue! 5. As I Was Going to St. Ives, trans. Guadalupe Rengifo Ruestas (12 – 13) An 18th-century rhyme designed to improve children’s math skills. 6. The Queen of Tarts, trans. Andrea Castellanos Giardinaro (14 – 15) This old rhyme inspired a character in Alice in Wonderland. 7. Jack and Jill, trans. Renzzo Ramírez Pereira (16 – 17) A beloved rhyme that may also be about a French king. 8. Hark, Hark!, tran. Allison Ponce De Leon Díaz (18 – 19) A fabulous, thumping beat animates this rhyme about beggars. 9. Pat-A-Cake, trans. Elizabeth Berrio García (20 – 21) The quintessential rhyme to teach a little baby. 10. What Are Little Boys Made Of?, trans. Carla Sánchez Ayala (22 – 23) This popular rhyme from the early 1800s spells out gender roles. 11. There Was an Old Woman, trans. Claudia Erazo La Hoz (24 – 25) Children are fascinated by the idea of a shoe big enough to live in. 12. Simple Simon, trans. Tamara Espinoza Prcik (26 – 27) The tradition celebrated in this rhyme dates to Medieval England. 13. Little Miss Muffet, trans. Ismene Ciurlizza Arias (28 – 29) The classic rhyme about arachnophobia. 14. Old Mother Hubbard, trans. Susana Díaz Caballero (30 – 31) An old rhyme about doggies, treats and empty cupboards. 15. The Grand Old Duke of York, trans. Sara Mendoza Leo (32 – 33) Napoleon is one of the many military leaders who have been satirized with this rhyme about futile military action.

3: Nursery rhymes are hundred of years old. Most of them hail from England and other parts of the U.K.; a few, like "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater," were created in the United States. They are recited by tens of thousands of children around the world. Some contain interesting connections to historical events; many offer a window into days gone by, when people lived on farms, used candles to light their way and the town crier told the day's news.

4: Did you know?... The rhyme, Tree Blind Mice, is sung in a metal version by Remixnsteve | Three Blind Mice

5: THREE BLIND MICE Three blind mice! Three blind mice! See how they run! See how they run! They all ran after the farmer's wife, Who cut off their tails with a carving knife. Did you ever see such a sight in your life As three blind mice? | Transcribed by Samantha Sanguinetti

6: There Was a Little Girl | There was a little girl who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead; And when she was good,she was very,very good, And when she was bad,she was horrid. | Did you know ?.... | inIt i This is not actually a nursery rhyme.It is a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

7: Transcribed by Araceli Mena Torres

8: It was created to teach children to associate everyday tasks with their own lives. 'Wee Willie Winkie' was the children's version of the Town Crier! The author of the poem was William Miller. | Wee Willie Winkie

9: Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town, Upstairs and downstairs, in his nightgown; Rapping at the window, crying through the lock, "Are the children in their beds? Now it's eight o'clock." | Tr | Transcribed by Astrid Lozano Ueda | IPA Transcription

10: Goosey, Goosey, Gander | Goosey, goosey, gander, Whither dost thou wander? Upstairs and downstairs And in my lady's chamber. There I met an old man Who wouldn't say his prayers; I took him by the left leg And threw him down the stairs. | Did you Know? The famous Portuguese artist Paula Rego painted “Goosey, Goosey Gander” in 1989. In this painting, there are two women with goose bodies.

11: Transcribed by Arlenne Chavez Milla

12: Did you know?... The origin of this nursery rhyme comes from 1650. At that time, St. Ives, a fishing port in England, had many cats to stop the plague of rats and mice. | As I Was Going to St. Ives

13: As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kit. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives: How many were going to St. Ives? | Transcribed by Guadalupe Rengifo Ruestas

14: The Queen of hearts, she made some tarts, all on a summer's day; the knave of hearts, he stole the tarts, and took them clean away. The King of hearts, called for the tarts, and beat the knave full sore, the knave of hearts, brought back the tarts, and vowed he'd steal no more. | The Queen of Tarts

15: Did you know...? This poem helped the writer of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol, to create the evil Queen of Hearts. Also, Princess Diana was called the Queen of Hearts because she was loved by everyone. | Transcribed by Andrea Castellanos

16: Jack & Jill | Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. | Then up Jack got, and home did trot, As fast as he could caper; To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob With vinegar and brown paper. | Did you know... - there are different histories about the origin of this rhyme and one of those is about two kings being beheaded?

17: Transcribed by Renzzo Ramirez Pereira

18: DID YOU KNOW? The songs were secret ways to rebel against royalty, clergy and politicians. | Hark, Hark! | Hark, hark! The dogs do bark! The beggars are coming to town: Some in jags, and some in rags And one in a velvet gown

19: Transcribed by Allison Ponce de León Díaz

20: Did you know? The Great Fire of London of 1666 that ravaged the City was started in a Baker's shop. | Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake Baker’s man! Make me a cake As fast as you can Pat it, and prick it, And mark it with T, And put it in the oven For Tommy and me | PAT-A-CAKE

21: Transcribed by Elizabeth Berrio García

22: "What Are Little Boys Made Of? transcribed by Carla Sanchez

23: What are little boys are made of, made of? What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy-dogs’ tails - - That's what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of, made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and everything nice - - That's what little girls are made of | Did you know? Snips and Snails are the names of two My Little Pony characters

24: DID YOU KNOW? This nursery rhyme has been featured on Sesame Street a lot of times, the old woman being a common character. | There Was an Old Woman

25: Transcribed by Claudia Erazo La Hoz | There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn't know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread; Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

26: Simple Simon | Simple Simon met a pieman, Going to the fair; Says Simple Simon to the pieman, "Let me taste your ware." | Says the pieman to Simple Simon, "Show me first your penny." Says Simple Simon to the pieman, "Indeed, I have not any."

27: Transcribed by Tamara Espinoza Prcik

28: Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away. | Little Miss Muffet

29: Did You Know...? There's a sexy-scary version of Little Miss Muffet on Youtube in which she uses drugs!!! | Transcribed by Ismene Ciurlizza Arias

30: It has also been suggested that the rhyme refers to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey refusing King Henry the 8th's divorce from Queen Catherine of Aragon | Old Mother Hubbard | Did you know that?

31: Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone; When she came there, The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. | Transcribed by Susana Díaz-Caballero

32: Oh, the grand old Duke of York, He had ten thousand men, He marched them up to the top of the hill, and he marched them down again. And when they were up, they were up, And when they were down, they were down, And when they were only half-way up, They were neither up nor down. | The Grand Old Duke of York | Did you know? This rhyme was inspired by one of these leaders: Richard the Duke of York, James the Second or Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

33: Transcribed by Sara Mendoza Leo

34: The system of phonetic transcription used by students in the Translation and Interpretation program uses symbols from the International Phonetic Association (IPA) to represent the sounds of General American (GA) English. Each symbol represents a different sound in the language. The IPA alphabet can be used to analyze and transcribe the sounds of any language in the world. For more information on the IPA organization and the scientific study of phonetics, please visit On the next page you will find the symbols we used to transcribe our rhymes. That's our class, English TI4-TR43, below, on the morning we finished our book -- tired, but happy! | About the IPA Transcriptions

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  • Title: A Phonetic Mother Goose, Vol. 2
  • A Phonetic Mother Goose, volume 2, transcribed and edited by members of Ms. Drake's English TI4 - TR43 class, at UPC, in Lima, Peru. IPA transcriptions of 15 classic nursery rhymes, with commentary and fun illustrations!
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