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    Little English Sounds / The EnglishSounds - is it a good title?

    I have written and am going to publish a book of short verses (in my language) with illustrations where all English sounds are presented as kids (with a transcription sign for each kid). Literally the title of the book could be translated from my language as "(English) Sounds-Manikins" (I think it sounds unnatural) or "Little Kids-(English?) Sounds" or just "Little (English?) Sounds" (the latter seems to me the best variant). In my language the title does not include the word English.

    Which of the three variants do you like best? Could you suggest some other titles for this particular type of book?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 19-Mar-2014 at 06:59.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Sorry for off the topic.
    I'd like to look at your book. I'm interested.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Is this for a children's book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Sorry for off the topic.
    I'd like to look at your book. I'm interested.
    It's going to be published soon (hopefully), but I don't think there'll be an electronic copy of it online (unless some pirates copy and publish it for downloads as they often do). Still, you can have the information about this book if you go to my website. So you'd better write me a personal message for extra information.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is this for a children's book?
    Yes, and it's ONLY about little children- English sounds (their images and verses about them, nothing else). The problem with the title is that it should include an explanation that the main characters of the book are little children whose names coincide with the names of ALL English sounds (46).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think not - my book is about 46 children (English sounds), so the title has to be about them, too. Something like "46 little kids" (but this is not too good, because it doesn't include the words "English" and "sounds", so it's not clear who these kids are.
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    I think you are going to find it quite difficult to get the ideas of 46, children, sounds and English into one snappy title, especially if you want to get across the idea that the names of the children are the English sounds.

    Why not try to think of a moderately snappy title with a more explanatory subtitle. My offer below is not a serious suggestion, but an idea of the type of thing I mean:

    ....................We sound English
    46 children's names show the 46 English phonemes - in verse.

    By the way, I see that you propose 46 sounds. That sounds to me a little high for most varieties of English. Which dialect/variety are you using as basis?
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Mar-2014 at 23:52. Reason: typo

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    I am not using any special dialects, just Standard English. The problem is that the English themselves seem to have different opinions as to the number of sounds (phonemes). I am using two charts.
    One of them was created by Oxford University Press (New English File). It presents 44 phonemes:
    https://elt.oup.com/student/englishf...selLanguage=en

    The other chart is by the British Council, but it does not include the diphthong [ʊə], so there are only 43 phonemes.
    http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/ar...phonemic-chart

    Being a Ruissian teacher of English I think it reasonable to consider the opinion of Russian linguists about English phonemes, too. Some of them (and not only Russians, by the way - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triphthong) think that that there are also so called thriphthongs - [aɪə] and [aʊə]. I could do without these extra sounds, but I decided to include them in the list, too, because I like the idea of thriphthongs. This is how I got 46 sounds. And how many English sounds are there in your opinion?
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    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think you are going to find it quite difficult to get the ideas of 46, children, sounds and English into one snappy title, especially if you want to get across the idea that the names of the children are the English sounds.

    Why not try to think of a moderately snappy title with a more explanatory subtitle. My offer below is not a serious suggestion, but an idea of the type of thing I mean:

    ....................We sound English
    46 children's names show the 46 English phonemes - in verse.

    Thank you, but I very much want to use the closest to the original in my language translation of the "snappy" part of the title (it's a good idea to use an explanatory title, I'll do it by all means, but I still want to have a short, snappy title including the idea of "little kids-sounds"). What about "Little English Sounds"? It would suit me, but I am not sure if it sounds OK when a native speaker reads such a title on a children's book.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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