An Audio Challenge

Most of you use your music player to share music. Did you know that it is also useful for recording your voice? If you record your voice, others can help you with your pronunciation! Last month I was so pleased that some of our writers took the bonus challenge for Writing Challenge #21. Meissa recorded her blog post! Reiziuh did too.Long ago, I invited you to record an audio introduction of yourself. Today I'm going to ask you to try something new! Let's record a poetry collection together. My favourite book of poetry for children is available in the public domain. This means that you are free to read it and share it online. The copyright for this author has run out. I have recorded one of his poems, and I invite you to record one too. Together we can build a collection.Your Task1. Click on this link to the entire book of A Child's Garden of Verses: by Robert Louis Stevenson2. Choose a poem that you like.3. Type the poem into a blog post. Give the credit to the poet. (use the tag audiochallenge)4. Record your voice on your computer. If you have a microphone there are plenty of free recorders online. Try Freecorder. Or go to and type "free MP3 recorder" into the search field.5. Upload your MP3 file to your MyEC player.6. Embed your MyEC Player into your blog post. To get the embed code, click on the upside down triangle (far right) on your music player. Copy and paste the code into your blog post.


(The latest track (your poem) will show up at the top.) 7. Come back to this page and share a link to your poem. Try to choose a poem that has not been done by another member.A note about the collection:This collection has some content that is very "old-fashioned". If you don't understand the usage, please ask!My ExampleMy Shadow By Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!One morning, very early, before the sun was up,I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.Usage notenursie: In those days children often had live-in nurses who took care of them (like a nanny)
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  • hello tara,

    this's another my challenge :My Pen



  • Hello Tara,
    I tried to record my voice, this challenge on my blog, The Beauty of Silence, thanks!

  • Dear Tara, I love this challenge a lot. Now, I am focusing on my speaking more than before and this is a great practice for it. I read another poem which was pretty difficult both to understand and to read. Here is the link to my blog. However, I am not so sure if I read it correctly and got the meaning of the poem as the poet meant. What I interpreted is that "Master Gauger" is God who gave us breath, mentioned as playing the flute in the poem. And, the road may be our destiny or mission in this life. Would you please help me? and Heav'n means heaven? Did I get it right? I really appreciate your help in advance.
  • Dear Tara, I did this challenge on my blog. Here is the link.
  • I hope you will like it...
  • Thank you very much Tara for brining such challenge. I will try to encourage people, and definatily I am thinking of doing it again.Yours Night.
  • These are all so great! Would you consider suggesting this activity to a friend on MyEC? We really need to encourage members to practise speaking. You could also record a second poem!
  • Nebia,
    Thank you for sharing your concerns. Shyness is difficult. I was a very shy child. Teaching helped me get over my shyness. Please know that we will all treat you kindly. I can't wait to hear your poem.
  • I would like to participate in this challenge , I write poetry but I do not really like to post it... showing some shyness maybe lol.
    If I will catch my courageous heart one day , can I use my own poem for this challenge!! lol.
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