The challenge of challenges is choosing a topic that will titillate, teach, and capture the collective attention of the audience. Tempting to tie the tongues of language learners leaves a boggler bumbling a bit, but finding a video clip like the one below makes my job much easier.
In this clip of the cartoon Pinky and the Brain, you’ll see tongue twisters in action and an excellent demonstration of alliteration (the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables*) which is a typical component of some of the toughest tongue twisters.
So, here’s your challenge language learner:
Transcribe the video. The first non-native English speaker, and the first native English speaker to submit a transcript of this 1:40 minute video to email@example.com will receive a one month, Gold Key all-access pass to Livemocha (a $10 value). (See below for details.)
OK… Get your listening ears on. Go!
Details of the challenge:
Transcribe the script of the video above to the best of your abilities (we’re not looking for perfection) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Friday, October 12th. Two 1-month Gold Keys will be awarded; one for a native English speaker, and one for a non-native English speaker. Eligible participants must be a Livemocha member, whether old or new (Sign up today!). The first native English speaking, and the first non-native English speaking member to submit their transcript will receive a one month, all-access Gold Key to your Livemocha account. (a $10 value.) This challenge will end on Friday, October 12, 2012.
Easy, right? Well… maybe for some. Anyhow, have fun and good luck!
WELL DONE everyone who took the challenge of transcribing the tongue twister to last week’s challenge. Some of you, I suspect, found the transcription that was linked to the YouTube video (cheeky monkeys! I was hoping you wouldn’t find that…) but some of you really did bend your brains around figuring out what was being said in the video. Our winners have been granted their 1-month Gold Key. Congratulations!! Keep your eyes peeled for more challenges and Brain Benders to come!