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The Alphabet song is a popular method for speakers (especially children) to learn the Latin alphabet. It was first copyrighted by C. Bradlee of Boston, USA on February 4, 1834 and titled "The Schoolmaster". It is sung to the popular French melody Ah! Vous dirais-je, Maman, more commonly known as the melody of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
- h-i-j-k-l-m-n-o-p (l-m-n-o spoken twice as quickly as rest of rhyme)
- y and z. (Z is pronounced "zee" or "zed", depending upon common usage where it is taught/learned. Since the author was in the US, and didn't spell out "zed", presumably his original intention was for it to be pronounced "zee".)
- Now I've said my A, B, C
- Tell me what you think of me.
(Line breaks denote pauses in the recitation)
A variant changes the last two lines to:
- Now I know my A, B, C
- Won't you come and play with me.
- Next time won't you sing with me.
There is a version of Alphabet song using a different melody taught by some pre-schools that use the phonics method.
What does the A say? Ay and Ah (the vowels are sounded completely) What does the B say? B* B* B* (only the leading sound of consonants are sung in the response part) What does the C say? K* K* K* What does the D say? D* D* D* What does the E say? Ee and Eh ... ... (continue for each letter with several slightly different melodies) ... ... What does the X say? Ks Ks Ks What does the Y say? Y* Y* Y* What does the Z say? Zzz Zzz Zzz What do you call these phones and sounds? English alphabet letters. Yeah!
- Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, a song sung by Big Bird of Sesame Street.
- The Elements song, by Tom Lehrer.
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