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Speak as clearly as an actor


Hi, there, folks. And welcome back to www.engvid.com.
Today, we’re going to be doing a lesson on articulation, the way we use our mouth to
form words and sounds. We’re also going to be looking at some tips to make sure you come
across as a confident speaker of English in any interview kind of situation. Now, let’s just imagine that you do have an
interview. Your heart’s going to be going “boom, boom, boom, boom.” And suddenly, all
your English goes out the window, and you start making mistakes, and you can’t really
talk properly. So we need to make sure we’re in our bodies, okay? And that we are present
and alive in the room. I’ve worked as an actor for a few years, so I wanted to share a couple
of warm ups, a couple of starters that people do — that actors do
before they go on stage. So I know you can’t see my feet, but we might
start by making circles with our feet like this. So move them around, okay? Make those
joints — so you’re doing this with your foot, and then with the other foot. So I want you to
get off your chairs. I know you’re watching me on the Internet. Get up off your chair.
Let’s all get involved and move your right foot around. And the other way. And now, do
circles with your knees, circles with your knees. Good stuff. And now, with your waist,
let’s move our waist around. Move that waist around in a nice big circle, and the other
way around. Great. Now, we’re going to do some shoulder rolls. Yeah. We’re making nice,
big circles with your shoulders. And the other way. Great. Shake out our hands. I’ve got a pen
in it. Shake it out. Move our head around. Be careful with the head. We’re going to do
circles with our head, and when you get to the back, make sure your mouth is open. Do a
big circle. And if you want to yawn, that’s just a sign that you’re relaxing. Okay? I’m
going to move around like that. Great. Have a little shake out. Have a little shimmy,
a little boogie. Great. We’re good to go. Obviously, today, we’re focusing on the tongue,
the lips, and the mouth. So let’s start by blowing through our lips. Do it after me.
So the pitch, it’s going up and back down again. You try. Good. Now, I want you to imagine
that you’re brushing your teeth with your tongue. Okay. You don’t have a toothbrush. You
can’t find the toothbrush, so you’re using your tongue. Okay? You’re brushing all of
your teeth with your tongue. Okay. Because to make clear sounds in English, you need your
tongue to work hard. Okay? And now, brush the bottom jaw. This is a jaw. Okay. We’re
going to brush the teeth in here. Great. And now, let’s just, you know, make some funny
faces at me. I’m making some funny faces at you. You make some funny faces at me. Yeah?
Move your face around. I know. It’s a bit weird. Obviously, when we’re breathing, we
want to breathe from our stomachs. We don’t want to talk up here. So try and think of
breathing. Feel your tummy going in and out down here. Not up here. You might feel your
ribs move. I want to see if you can breathe using your stomach. Okay? Now, we’re going to look at some vocal exercises.
“Pa ta ka pah.” Okay. So we’re going to look at making sounds which are exercises for the
different sounds you make in English. And then, we’re going to look at some actual articulation
exercises for really clear speech. And these are things you can practice, you know — I
do it when I’m driving my car before today, so I speak clearly.
Clearly hasn’t worked. Vocal exercises. Okay. So we’re going to start
with “pa”. So we’re going to go “pa ta ka pah”. “Pa ta ka pah.” I want you to
repeat after me. “Pa ta ka pah.” Great. “Pa ta ka paw.”
“Pa ta ka poo.” It’s quite a rude word in English.
“Pa ta ka pee.” Okay. Bottom lip, top lip, they come apart. The bottom lip
is blowing against that top lip. Okay? “Pa ta ka pee.” “Pa ta ka pay.” Okay? So if you become confident
with these, then you can repeat this bit a couple of times. So it would be
“pa ta ka pa ta ka pah.” Let’s try that one. “Pa ta ka pa ta ka pah.” Have a go.
Great. And then, with these ones,
“pa ta ka pa ta ka paw.” Okay. You get the idea. Practice those on
your own time. That’s your homework, okay? It’s really good practice to try and do this
every day to really develop clear speech. You might want to visit a voice coach at some
point if you have a particularly crap speech. Now, let’s look at our Bs. So this is known
as “unvoiced”, and this is known as “voiced”, with the voice of the actor. Okay? So “ba
da ga bah”. Let’s work our way down here, again, repeating after me. “Ba da ga bah”.
Good. “Ba da ga baw”. “Ba da ga boo”. “Ba da ga bee”. You know, like a bumblebee.
“Ba da ga bay”. Good. So a “bay” is actually a noise that a horse
makes. Did you know that? A horse can bay. All right. We’ve got a few other ones here
because these are our consonants. Okay. Still paying attention? You’re doing really
well, EngVid. Let’s have a go. So we’re going to start with the letter L.
“La la la la.” Have a go. Yeah. “La.” So the tongue is at the top of the mouth, and it
goes “la”. The tongue sort of flicks forward. “La. La la la la.” Now, we’re
doing this one. “Lala lala lala.” Now, this one. Loads of “las”, huh?
“Lalala lalala lalala.” You have a go. Okay. And then,
you can obviously practice this with all the different consonants. So I
hope you know the difference between a vowel and a consonant. Write down for me, please
— a little test. What are the five vowels in English? Okay. What are the five vowels? Have
a little write down. What is it? A — yeah. It’s A, E, I, O, U. And a thing that is not a
vowel is a consonant. So here, we’re practicing our consonants noises. We’re going to do one more, and we’ll do it
with the letter T. So “ta ta ta ta”. So what you’re doing is you’re putting this letter
in here. So once you’ve done L, then you’ll put T in, and all of these will be Ts. Yeah?
And when you’ve done that, all of them become Ds. Yeah? Do you understand?
Okay. So practice that. Let’s have one more go. Okay. We’re doing
Ts. “Ta ta ta ta. Tata tata tata.” Great. “Tatata tatata tatata.” Yeah.
“Tatata tatata tatata.” Right. Now, I don’t know if you’ve gone to the theater,
but sometimes, you’ll get actors about an hour before, and they’ll be walking around
going “unique New York, unique New York”. It’s the weirdest place you could ever imagine
being in a theater an hour before. Let’s go. “Unique” — it means “different”. “Different
New York. Unique New York.” And then, “New York unique”. The idea is to repeat this as
fast as you can. So it’s like, “unique New York, unique New York, unique New York”. Okay?
Have a little go. “Unique New York, unique New York.” Great. Let’s go on to this one, “red leather”. Okay?
So this is a test of this TH sound. So your tongue tip is coming up to the bottom of these
teeth here. Your tongue is going there, “leather”. Okay? “Red leather,
yellow leather.” And then you repeat that until
you’re bored off your perch. And then, making sure we’ve clear SH noises.
Look at all of these SHs and Ss. So we don’t want to sound like [makes sounds]. If you
watch television, you’ll become aware that — actually, I’m not going to slag them off
because I might get in trouble. You might know who I’m talking about, people who can’t
make W sounds or — actually, all their Rs become Ws. My name
is blah, blah, blah. So let’s have a go at SH. “She says she shall
sew a sheet.” “She”, as in my friend Connie — Connie is saying something. If it’s a direct
speech, it would be a little bit like this, “she shall”. It means “she will”. “Sew” — if
I “sew” my shirt up, I get — I sew it up; I make it — I repair it. Okay? “Sew a
sheet” — you know, a bed has a sheet on it. “She says she shall sew a sheet.”
Let’s all have a go after me. “She says she shall
sew a sheet.” Yeah. Okay? So practice it. Ps — “Peter piper picked a peck of pickled
peppers.” “Peter the piper” — he plays the pipe. He picked — I pick you to practice my
video. “Picked a peck” — it means a little bit. “Of pickled” — means with vinegar is
stuff — “peppers”. “Peter piper picked a peck of pickled
peppers.” Lovely. Now, our T and our D with words. “What a to
do to die today at a minute or two to two.” So that’s quite a weird phrase, isn’t it?
I know this is becoming a bit long. “What a to do?” That means what a shag. What a pain
in the ass. What a bad thing to die today — today, as in today, not tomorrow, today.
“At a minute” — you know what a minute is — “or two” — or two minutes
— “to two”, as in “two p.m.” “What a to do to die today at a minute
or two to two. A thing distinctly” — or we could put “a thing very, a
thing very hard to say” — “but harder — okay. It is meant to be A.
“But a harder thing to do.” One more all together. Repeat with me. “What
a to do to die today at a minute or two to two. A thing distinctly hard to say but a
harder thing to do.” What it’s saying is it’s really quite difficult to say this practice
thing, but it’s even more difficult to actually die today at two minutes to two. What I want you to do — I’m going to let
you off with no homework in the form of a quiz today, but you’re going to write these
down — if you’re good students. Otherwise, I’ll whip your ass. I want you to write these
down. I want you to practice them. Okay? When you’ve got an important interview, bring them
out. You know, go to the toilet, “What a to do to die today at a quarter to two to two. A
thing distinctly hard to say, but a harder thing to do.” Okay? Practice them. When you’re
in the car, write them down. Great. Subscribe — my Ss. Benjamin needs to be doing this one;
doesn’t he? Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you will, and come back soon.
Thank very much. Bye.

100 Comments

  1. Bobby Wood Author

    I lost my ability to talk due to a traumatic brain injury I sustained over 20 years ago. The past 20 years have just kind of been sad. Hardly any friends. Lonely, but I kind of accepted I would never be able to talk again. But last year a found a couple videos which helped me a bit; and last month a saw this awesome video and my voice has gotten so much better! Unbelievable! 👍🏼😁😊 Thank you so much… Really!

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  2. jayden Pangelinan gaming Author

    I have son cant speak good word sometime his speak clear some word.. my son alway sad and crying but people or friends or teacher can't understand my kid can't speak clear words… It is heart broken his life I always love my son life

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  3. Ludwig Vonn Author

    i've done singing competitions in my life and all the voice exercises were pretty much a waste of time.. All you really wanna do is get your muscles going by some physical movement like funny yawning and chewing, twisting your tongue.. and thats all

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  4. MANGO ZOO Author

    I look at him and I see a privilege posh boy probably with connections, having fun until his inheritance comes around to him from some posh Uncle….

    It should be titled "speak like a posh white elite that dominates every part of the acting and film industry in the UK "
    Same old stuff we see every day..

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  5. i spilled lipstick in your valentino bag Author

    this guy reminds me of someone but also makes me uncomfortable lmao sorry if you’re reading this i’m sure you’re a nice dude

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  6. Olena Grazhdan Author

    Right what I was looking for. My overall accent is fine, but I was looking for something that will better my language for teaching and public speaking. And this video is really handy! And thanks for an incredibly charismatic pitch of this knowledge 🙂

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  7. C Hell Author

    Thanks so much for this video! The thing I am most sensitive about myself is my struggle with annunciations and speech overall. This gives me hope though! Maybe with your awesome (and fun) practice I feel like I could finally feel confident talking to others. Thank you /wish me luck!

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  8. Kirill Author

    I’ve found all videos in this playlist very helpful. However, I should say it seems that you probably made a typo in the title. I guess you wanted to say “enunciation” rather then “annunciation” because the latter is the name of a Catholic celebration and doesn’t have anything to do with English 😂

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  9. Ykhraam Author

    I can do these no problem, when I'm alone in my room. I just get blocked when speaking to someone (anyone) else. I wonder why

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  10. alex3surf Author

    This guy is a star! Thanks for sharing these exercises in such an easy way. It's been very useful. Keep posting more videos and good luck.

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