Wednesday, November 01
The Hiragana Song.
I sounds like "e" in the English word machine
Say what? The "e" in machine is silent.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, November 01 2006 01:06 PM (+rSRq)
Just a little typo.
Posted by: Kristopher at Thursday, November 02 2006 11:28 AM (O5Ju8)
"This song is an international effort between writers and musicians from around the world"
I can only assume the issue Steven made was inserted by the writers as a subtle hint to the musicians that they should shut up.
Posted by: TallDave at Thursday, November 02 2006 12:08 PM (oyQH2)
From context, it is clear that the song refers to to "ee" sound in "machine", not the letter "e".
But I'll grant you that the choice of example words is a bit iffy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 02 2006 08:30 PM (FRalS)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 02 2006 08:43 PM (+rSRq)
Confusing, but consistently so.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 02 2006 10:09 PM (FRalS)
Warning: Contains Hiragana Song"
Best disclaimer ever!
As to the example sounds, I stumbled a bit too, until I realized this is a song, meant to be heard. "Machine" is used because it's one of the few English words where "i" gets the long "e" sound. Same/same, they could have used "a" as in "pray", but they needed to find a word where "e" has the long "a".
I'd swear I've seen this same word list used as examples somewhere else, particularly "machine".
What bothers me is that I can't here the entire song-- it fades out after "wa wi wu we wo" .
Also, fie! on folks who use Flash for sound files--no controls for replaying your favorite bits.
Posted by: refugee at Friday, November 03 2006 08:02 PM (P+Yw2)
Poisoning your market by posting a complete version, or putting it out in mp3 format might interfere with getting paid. They put more than a bit of work in this, AFAICT.
Posted by: Kristopher at Tuesday, November 07 2006 11:38 AM (giy+l)
Actually, wouldn't that be PREY (as in what falcon's hunt?)?
So if e sounds like "A" in prEy, that is absolutely consistant AND correct (as were the others. I think the songwriter figures that the listener is bright enough to know various spellings of English. ("I" sounds like "eee" -- as it does in the English word machine -- but hopefully, if the writer gives the listener credit for having a thinking mind, it doesn't have to make each phrase so literal.)
I think the song is great fun!
Posted by: angst at Sunday, January 07 2007 01:13 PM (t6//i)
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