Rhyming Dictionary

Should I have a Rap Rhyming Dictionary?

I’m going to chase about this: you shouldn’t find a rap-specific rhyme dictionary. Duration.

Why? You may ask why am I so opposed to it? Okay, it will, but not better than a dictionary of real rhythms.

Here’s why: You can find some words in a rap dictionary that wouldn’t be in a regular rhyme dictionary, the opposite is almost always true. Rap rap dictionaries focus too much on one genre, and so rappers who rely on them become very clicky and worn out.

 “His rhymes are so basic …”

Unfortunately, many young rappers follow the advice in this dictionary and sound like thousands of other rappers who read the same thing. If you want to stand out, you have to use rhymes that no one has ever thought of putting together and trust me, I have never heard a rapper sprinkle “monochromatic” with “melodramatic”.

Guess what? I got it from a real rhyme dictionary.

Words that aren’t in a real rhyme dictionary are also real, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that obscene words are everywhere, and therefore less likely to sound fresh and original. My advice: go with the real deal without following the crowd and risk listening to the real …

It has worked for all the greats and should work for you too.

Just to get your mind working, here’s a list of words I’ve never heard on rap:

Melodramatic

Hypocrisy

Monotheistic

Fearless

Cheers

Together

Ubiquitous

Conversion

Megalomaniac

Worrying

How to use nursery rhymes to help learn

Nursery rhymes are important for creating vocabulary and learning to read. They are also invaluable for building memory because it has been found that rhyme helps especially. Learning something in beat or tempo such as “September, April, June, and November have 30 days” is better stuck in the mind than learning in rot and this is why rhythm is used as an aid to memory. How many people remember nursery rhymes since childhood, like the Humpty Dump …

Nursery rhyme introduces children to poetry and various aspects of poetry such as meters and syllables. Nursery rhymes can be fun to learn; You can talk to them, sing to them, act to them, clap with them and have fun with them. So, let’s take a nursery rhyme, Miss Muffet, and see what we can do with it.

Little Miss Muffet

Sitting in a taffeta

Eat her yogurt and lentils

With it came a spider

Someone sat next to him

And the frightened Miss Muffet away

Why look at the words nursery rhymes and ask if your child understands them all. Do they know what Taft is? Or yogurt and lentils? It will be a great opportunity to get out of the dictionary and study the words together. If you do research on your child, make it fun by playing the role of the nursery rhyme. Do you have a seat for them to sing? Do you have a toy spider that you can use to hang in the air and rest on the floor next to your child’s chair? If your child is older then you can see what yogurt and lentils are and their origin.

If you want to do something more physical, why not run home or garden in search of your own spider? Can you find one on the floor or ceiling? Can you find a web, and what is a web?

If your child has a phobia, use fun game ideas to talk about their phobia. Do house spiders harm you? How are the spiders in the garden? Maybe in Australia but certainly not in England. How to draw a large NO and color it. Then discuss why spiders are good? A big advantage is that they kill flies and can spread fly diseases.

Writing poems about spiders or creating a scary story to tell dad or grandpa can be a great idea.

As you can see, just by exploring nursery rhymes you can unleash your child’s imagination and have fun learning. So what is the result of this idea? By researching words they don’t understand and your kids will learn new language skills and how to make words, their vocabulary will increase as they play with different words and rhymes and use their imagination. They can learn visualization skills and motor skills and their confidence will increase as they become more confident and will be able to communicate more with adults. 

Developing a child’s memory, especially in the critical years from 0 to 5, will work wonders for your child. Their mental intelligence will increase and more importantly, they will discover that learning can be fun. And what could be better than this?

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