Language is musical as well as functional; a well-turned phrase is as memorable as a melody. In this video, see how to develop your ear to hear beats, high points, and pauses within a sentence. With this skill, you'll be able to choose the best-sounding among otherwise equal phrases to make your writing sing.
- Whether you realize it or not, you spend the day singing.…The English language's stresses, pauses, rhymes,…and rhythms give each person a song as distinct as a bird's,…yet we have an advantage.…We can adapt our calls by changing…our stresses, pauses, rhymes, and rhythms.…Now, this is a difficult subject to teach.…It usually just comes down to, use your ears, but that only…works for native or expert speakers of a language.…Nonnative speakers very often get it wrong, and book…learning only goes so far before it gets mired in details.…
So, instead, I'm going to focus on rhythmic options…that can give your writing more impact.…We'll start with individual sentences.…I've made several arguments for writing short,…for cutting out words when you can, but sometimes,…pauses and filler words help to emphasize meanings,…and that last sentence is a real world example.…I originally wrote, "Pauses and filler words…"help emphasize meaning," but it didn't sound right…without the optional word to.…Pauses and filler words help to emphasize meaning.…
- Paraphrase the goals of “write short, write clear, and write right.”
- Recall the strategy used to make long paragraphs easier to read.
- Identify the most-often portion of the page neglected by English-language readers.
- Determine which words to omit from writing.
- Explain why short paragraphs are easy to skim.
- Name two strategies to write more effectively.
- Identify examples of assonance.