Here you’ll find the whole poison island text from Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863 – 1944).
If you want to have a listen to the whole chapter, which I read out loud for the libriVox project, click below:
Transcript: (not finished yet)
You heard the typical introduction text of a Librivox audio book introduction. In English, German and Spanish.
I’ve already mentioned Librivox on episode 8, where I tried to introduce you to the world of Librivox. If you want to learn more please head over to episode 8. In a nutshell, LibriVox provides the public with audiobooks, which are all read by volunteers from all over the world and by the way they are all for free. There is a massive catalogue of books in different languages and different genres. Everyone will find something of interest. Believe me on that.
I am by the way your host, the passionate language learner Daniel Goodson and in general, with my fluent podcast I want to share all my language experiences.
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Well alright decided to read out loud and record a chapter for libriVox.
I hoped for a pronunciation and intonation boost!!
And that’s the topic for today what I want to talk about in this episode.
This was kind of a preamble and now
let’s get started with this episode called Poison Island, which is the name of the book I decided to read out loud.
I’m gonna be honest with you:
Listen up my friend:
I do not recommend you to do what I did. At least how I did it or proceeded this whole task.
Believe me, signing up to such a huge task to read out loud a very big chapter (actually over 2000 words) turned out to be quite a struggle.
It was indeed a chore, wich I fulfilled only because I wanted to keep my promise to deliver my spoken chapter to LibriVox. At all costs, I wanted to keep my word.
Nevertheless, in this episode, I want to share the experience I made .
And probably more interesting for you, what I could have done better. So feel free to learn from my mistakes!
First off, I must admit that I was kind of over-motivated when I had a first glance at Librivox the reading out loud bug got quite hard.
And you know motivation is a good thing. But – it turned out for me not always 🙂
To get you an idea of an audiobook which inspired me, I will show you now a short extract from a LibriVox Audiobook.
That’s why I decided on recording a whole chapter too quickly. I was very thrilled while listening to different audio books. And the idea of the whole project is just great: It had lead to a fatal decision of mine. haha hahaha!
Too rushly, I signed up, went to the forum and picked a book.
Poison Island. Yeah indeed Poison, you can say that again!
I did not look at the text beforehand. I did not know exactly if I could enjoy the book.
The words were way too complicated for me and the sentences were very long, I had issues to breath in between haha
while reading the very long phrases – oh my god. I tried looking to the text as much as possible.
And they give you 1-2 month to send the recording in.
Ok, don’t panic Daniel.
You will be fine. just breath.
I directly began reading out loud the first page and had to stop.
I marked a bunch of words in a highlighter and looked them up on Forvo for the right pronunciation.
But where do I get the right sentence melody / intonation? That was the greatest issue here. Because I could look up for single words. But I could not know how the melody should be.
I went over to another application called hello talk where you can meet with other language learners. The goal there is to find a tandem partner.
It’s a pretty good application.
Over there I asked a friend of mine to read out loud a sentence from the book. He did so. I was amazed. The problem was that I had a million of more phrases to have checked.
Finally, I went forward. At least a little bit
After about two weeks
I felt for the first time I had enough confidence that I could read out loud the whole chapter in one row.
Well after having read and recorded the whole thing I felt quite overwhelmed. I had probably never ever read something for such a long time (I mean read out loud).
I saved the recording as a mp3 file, then I opened it on my application called “smart repeat app” on my mobile phone and listened to it.
Well not bad I thought for a first try. But I came across lots of words, where I was not sure/happy with the pronunciation. I marked them on my app.
And then I relistened to the pronunciation.
Words I struggled the most with:
39:00 thus encounter (incounter bei einem Verb!)
2.25 encourage( inkoritsch)
4.00 Lieutenant (Lutenent)
6.44 unregenerate youngster
8.03 Effaced ( kommt von face)
10 28 socrates
1. For god’s sake, don’t try to do what I did.
2. You should set yourself smart goals, that means you need to find a text that suits you, which is not too difficult but not too easy as well.
3. Then focus on a short text and practice it. Look the right pronunciation.
If you have a native friend you can show him your recordings. That would be the smartest way.
Difficult words from the text (from pronunciation view):
encounter (there are different ways to pronounce it, keyword homograph. I don’t want to go into detail that would definitely go beyond the scope of this episode…)
brigadier-general, Lord William Bentink (oh man…)
with which Sir John Moore (the combination)
endured in the bitter gale of January 1809