Exercises for consonants 6 

As your special Independence Day gift, I am adding an extra practice routine this month to assist you in improving your speaking – I chose the  “d” sound as we find lots of them in the phrase Independence Day!

Remember that breath is the fuel of an effective voice, so let me guide you through some deep breathing and voice exercises first: (For more detailed relaxation and breathing exercises, pop into my blogs and exercises on my website.

  • Stand or sit comfortably, make sure that your neck and shoulders are relaxed.
  • Breathe in deeply, imagining that the breathing process takes place at your lower abdomen, at your navel.
  • Hold the breath for a few seconds.
  • Then breathe out, imagining the air coursing in through your navel, in your stomach.
  • Then, exhale, imagine the air coursing out through your navel again.
  • Repeat a few times.

Now, the ‘d’ sound needs the use of the tongue, let us do a few exercises to practice the flexibility of the tongue. The purpose of the exercise is to exercise the tongue and warm up your voice at the same time. Before we start, make sure that your jaw is relaxed.

  • Breathe in and on the out-breath say: “lalalalalalaaaa”
  • Take another deep breath and say: “leleleleleleleeeeee”
  • Repeat with all the vowel sounds, i.e. “lololololololo” – then lilililililili” then “lulullulu”

d as in daddy

You make this sound by touching the tip of the tongue at the ridge of your upper teeth, then release of the tongue tip form the ridge of the upper teeth. Let’s practice a few sounds:

Dad dad dad

Ded ded ded

Did did did

Dod dod dod

Dud dud dud

Daddidy daddidy daddidy

Doddedy Doddedy Doddedy

Duddedy Duddedy Duddedy

Diddety diddety diddety


And here are a few more words to practice:

Independence Day, Dance, devotion, duty, dandelion, daisy, daffodil, dreadful, darling, dashing, departure

And finally, a silly tongue twister to get you tongue into a real knot:

  • Does double bubble gum dubble bubble?

I hope you enjoyed these exercises

(Exercises used from Speech Training for you by E. Sneddon; tongue twisters from http://englishxp.co.uk/tongue-twisters/th-tongue-twisters/)

The author cannot be held liable for any damage, loss, illness or hurt to the reader’s voice or voice organs or any other part of the body and by undertaking the exercises herein contained is indemnified against such damage, loss, illness and hurt.