Transcription exercises

Transcription exercises

EXERCISE 1.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1
car
26
taps
2
eat
27
link
3
map
28
caused
4
role
29
spliced
5
boy
30
script
6
fine
31
scrunched
7
thought
32
bulged
8
purse
33
crusts
9
youth
34
sixths
10
beige
35
strength
11
jog
36
helm
12
then
37
robbed
13
cheers
38
cash
14
tin
39
you'll
15
dare
40
grasp
16
shove
41
slow
17
hang
42
flare
18
mouse
43
tired
19
wash
44
wink
20
fade
45
frowned
21
tax
46
loins
22
tenth
47
stewed
23
pride
48
square
24
creep
49
welsh
25
dwell
50
hinged

EXERCISE 2.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1
begin
11
quality
2
wrecker
12
archbishop
3
aero
13
sixtieth
4
delegate
14
macrobiotic
5
impose
15
eulogy
6
fallacy
16
Asia
7
nocturne
17
octopus
8
defamatory
18
exempts
9
viaduct
19
reoccupy
10
scowling
20
antidisestablishmentarianism

EXERCISE 3.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following words.

1
regard
11
sixteenth
2
inert
12
encapsulate
3
dancer
13
biology
4
expect
14
interpretation
5
baggage
15
triathlete
6
phonetics
16
polyunsaturated
7
music
17
unexpectedly
8
caramel
18
anecdotal
9
Macquarie
19
microphones
10
buyer
20
supercalifragilisticexpialedocious

EXERCISE 4.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription transcription of the following words.

1
ear
26
cube
2
arch
27
twin
3
tea
28
depth
4
yacht
29
crashed
5
on
30
glimpsed
6
young
31
sculpts
7
axe
32
dune
8
clay
33
skew
9
pew
34
bark
10
steak
35
east
11
hinge
36
rare
12
scratch
37
how
13
muse
38
thwart
14
splashed
39
strength
15
teak
40
bulged
16
ninth
41
hue
17
squashed
42
shrieked
18
acts
43
thrilled
19
scorched
44
swoon
20
mink
45
texts
21
strong
46
belched
22
worlds
47
filmed
23
wedged
48
growl
24
thanks
49
school
25
crafts
50
are

EXERCISE 5.

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following sentences.


  1. Cats and dogs need to be loved and walked every day.


  2. I lugged the suitcases all the way from the polished vestibule to the flats' antiquated old lift.


  3. The atmosphere of the cosy studio was not at all conducive to the sort of thing the Armenian teenager had in mind.


  4. The special vision which ocean birds have enables them to inspect chasms which we would miss.


  5. The little nurse drew a deep breath,


    wiped the tears of merriment from her eyes and began to make her preparations for giving the patient his injection.


  6. Maddened and angry they were leaping and howling round the trunks,


    and cursing the dwarves in their horrible language, with their tongues hanging out and their red eyes shining as red and fierce as the flames.


  7. Somewhere behind the grey clouds the sun must have gone down,


    for it began to get dark as they went down into the deep valley with a river at the bottom.


  8. Far away I hear the distant drumming of my father as he begins practicing for a local band competition.


  9. Students seeking guidance thought his sudden absence was quite rotten.


  10. The inner illumination was swallowed up in another kind of light.

EXERCISE 6

Make both a phonemic (broad) and a phonetic (narrow) transcription of the following passages.

Passage 1


The sun was just rising as Dr Robert entered his wife's room at the hospital.


An orange glow


and, against it,


the jagged silhouette of the mountains.


Then suddenly a dazzling sickle of incandescence between two peaks.


The sickle became a half-circle and the first long shadows,


the first shafts of golden light crossed the garden outside the window.


And when one looked up again at the mountains


there was the whole unbearable glory of the risen sun.

Passage 2


I was thinking of two people I met last time I was in England.


At Cambridge.


One of them was an atomic physicist,


the other was a philosopher.


Both extremely eminent.


But one had a mental age, outside the laboratory,


of about eleven


and the other was a compulsive eater with a weight problem that he refused to face.


Two extreme examples of what happens when you take a clever boy,


give him fifteen years of the most intensive formal education


and totally neglect to do anything for the mind-body


which has to do the learning and the living.

Passage 3


Up jumped Bilbo,


and putting on his dressing-gown went into the dining room.


There he saw nobody,


but all the signs of a large and hurried breakfast.


There was a fearful mess in the room, and piles of unwashed crocks in the kitchen.


Nearly every pot and pan he possessed seemed to have been used.


The washing-up was so dismally real


that Bilbo was forced to believe the party of the night before had not been part of his bad dreams,


as he had rather hoped.


Indeed he was really relieved after


to think that they had all gone without him,


without bothering to wake him up


'but with never a thank you' he thought)


and yet


in a way


he couldn't help feeling just a trifle disappointed.


The feeling surprised him.

Passage 4


Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum,


a small slimy creature.


I don't know where he came from,


nor who or what he was.


He was a Gollum -


as dark as darkness,


except for two big round pale eyes in his thin face.


He had a little boat,


and he rowed about quite quietly on the lake;


for lake it was,


wide and deep


and deadly cold.


He paddled it with large feet dangling over the side,


but never a ripple did he make.


Not he.


He was looking out of his pale lamp-like eyes for blind fish,


which he grabbed with his long fingers as quick as thinking.


He liked meat too.


Goblin he thought good, when he could get it


but he took care they never found him out.


He just throttled them from behind,


if ever they came down alone anywhere near the edge of the water, while he was prowling about.


They seldom did,


for they had a feeling


that something unpleasant was lurking down there,


down at the very roots of the mountain.

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