Let’s practice our ‘r’ and ‘l’ sounds.

Remember that you need to teach your mouth, lips, and tongue some new tricks:  how to make sounds that Koreans do not make.  ‘R’ sounds are made with the lips; ‘l’ sounds are made in the mouth with the tongue.

Practice saying “row” and “merrily” slowly.  Repeat s-l-o-w-l-y “row“, “row“, “row” and “mer-ri-ly“, “mer-ri-ly“, “mer-ri-ly“, “mer-ri-ly”.  Listen to how your r’s and l’s sound.

Row, Row, Row Your BoatRow_Your_Boat
(traditional version)

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

For those who want to help their children learn English, I suggest that you try singing these songs with your children.  Don’t forget to sing the lyrics as though you were an actor and “act out” the song.  When you act out the song, you will involve more of your body and make more connections for learning.

Often the best way to learn something for yourself is to teach it to someone else.


(School children, sometimes naughty, will often sing the following versions:  )

  Row, row, row your boat,alligator photo
  Gently down the stream.
  If you see an alligator,
  Don’t forget to scream.

–and–

throw overboard

  Row, row, row your boat,
  Gently down the stream.
  Throw your teacher overboard
  And listen to him scream.

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