Exercise 1-30: Set Phrase Story—The Little Match Girl CD 1 Track 43
The following story contains only set phrases, as opposed to the descriptive story in Exercise 1-27.
Stress the first word of each phrase.
The little match girl was out in a snowstorm. Her feet were like ice cubes and her fingertips had frostbite. She hadn't sold any matches since daybreak, and she had a stomachache from the hunger pangs, but her stepmother would beat her with a broomstick if she came home with an empty coin purse. Looking into the bright living rooms, she saw Christmas trees and warm fireplaces. Out on the snowbank, she lit match and saw the image of a grand dinner table of food before her. As the matchstick burned, the illusion slowly faded. She lit another one and saw a room full of happy family members. On the last match, her grandmother came down and
carried her home. In the morning, the passersby saw the little match girl. She had frozen during the nighttime, but she had a smile on her face.
Contrasting a Description and a Set Phrase
We now have two main intonation patterns—first word stress and second word stress. In the following exercise, we will contrast the two.