For today’s session I have chosen a few exercises to practice speaking two consonants clearly: ‘b’ and ‘p’. As always, please warm up your voice before you do the vocal exercises. You can refer to my previous audio files for these.

Also, please warm up the jaw before you start:

  • Massage your lower jaw with your fingertips a few times.
  • Now make a few chewing movements with your jaw, as if you are chewing on a large piece of gum.
  • Open and close your mouth widely a few times.

 

For today’s session I have chosen a few exercises to practice speaking the vowel sounds ‘AH’ and ‘AW’ clearly.

For this week’s stretching exercise I have included a link to a YouTube clip. My Pilates coach provides a lovely 15-minute stretching routine: https://youtu.be/wV1XK2tsdSg

Please remember to warm up your voice before you do vocal exercises. Please refer to my previous audio files for guidance.

Let us warm up the jaw before we start:

  • Gently touch your lower jaw with the fingertips of your 3 middle fingertips
  • Now make a few chewing movements with your jaw, like a cow that ruminates
  • Now gently drop your jaw downwards, as if you are surprised at something.

Now let us practice the AH sound, as in the words father, star, hard.

Here is how you use your vocal organs when you shape this sound:

The tongue lies relaxed in the lower jaw and is touching the lower teeth.

Drop the jaw, intone the sound “AH”, using abdominal breath, until the breath is finished.

Shape the sound in your mouth, not in the throat.

Now breathe in and out deeply, then say with me:

  • Farm, star, hard -repeat
  • Car, are, marble – repeat
  • Heart, market, harvest, hardship – repeat

Now say:

Salty broccoli, salty broccoli, salty broccoli - repeat

Now let us practice the ‘”AW”’ sound, as in the words bought, yawn, ball.

Here is how you use your vocal organs when you shape this sound:

Drop the lower jaw as you did before, purse the lips slightly without raising the lower jaw;

The base of the tongue rises slightly towards the soft palate, intone the sound “AW”, using your breath

Now breathe in and out deeply, then say with me:

  • Maul, stall, hall - repeat
  • prawn, tall, fall - repeat
  • ball, fawn, lawn, dawn - repeat

And here is a silly tongue twister to practice the AW sound:

  • I saw Esau kissing Kate – I saw Esau – he saw me – and she saw I saw Esau
    • Repeat

In hope that you are having fun with these little exercises. Please join me for the next session where we will practice the consonants “P” and “B”

(Exercises used from the book Speech Training for you by E. Sneddon)

 

Disclaimer

Please consult your medical practitioner before engaging in any of the exercises.  The author made every reasonable effort to ensure that the exercises contained herein will under healthy and normal medical circumstances and conditions not be harmful.

This week’s session includes a few fun tongue twisters to help you warm up your lips and tongue and they improve the ability to speak clearly – you might stumble over your words initially but will  get the hang of it quite soon. Do these when you are preparing for a meeting or presentation and do not have much time. Please remember to always warm up your voice by doing a few humming exercises before you do vocal exercises.

For today’s relaxation exercise I would like to refer you to a clip on YouTube. It is a demonstration of the Alexander technique, a wonderful routine to get rid of tension: https://youtu.be/x6CBUPj0KuA

Let us do a few breathing exercises before we start

  • Breathe in deeply through your nose.
  • Hold the breath for a moment –
  • Breathe out.

Vocal organs exercise 02

The purpose of today’s session is to practice your ability to speak clearly – we will be exercising your lips, tongue, and facial muscles. Once you know the routine of these exercises, you can easily do them while you drive to work or to an appointment. Not only do they warm up your vocal organs, they also prepare you mentally for speaking clearly and confidently.

Today’s stretching exercise is a lovely overall stretch which we often underestimate:

  • Stand or sit comfortably.
  • Stretch out your arms above your head and the legs and feet away from your body, just as you would do as you wake up.
  • Yawn! It’s a wonderful way to relax tense muscles.
  • Breathe in as you stretch as you stretch your limbs away from our body.
  • Breathe out as you relax the stretch.