Voice and Diction Training

Voice and Diction Training

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How to improve diction?

Good diction - the key to a clear, beautiful and literate speech. And it, in its turn - the key to success in many areas of life. Quite rarely unique the voice data are given by nature, more often - it is the result of hard training, using are special exercises for diction.

If a good diction - a pledge of your successful career, the best way to see a specialist, the development of speech for adults: Speech therapist, linguist, teacher of elocution.

If you just want to improve your speech, you can try to get rid of the shortcomings of pronunciation their own. Often the main cause of bad diction are a physical defects of the vocal apparatus: poor mobility of the lower jaw and the inability to open his mouth wide enough.

Like any other physical handicap, it possible to eliminate through systematic training. Self-improvement diction-consuming process that requires serious effort. It is important to attune themselves to the daily work above itself. Even 20-30 minutes of daily practice necessarily will give a positive result.

Effective exercises for self-development diction

1) The famous Roman orator Cicero coached diction with stones. He typed them into his mouth and was read passages of various literary works, trying to get the distinct pronunciation. This technique used today. However, the stones are replaced with wine corks, so as not to injure the teeth and oral cavity.

2) Tongue twisters for training diction. At first, make sure the pace was low. Strive to clearly pronounce every sound, every word. So, should gradually increase the speed. When to perfection without faltering you will cope with simple patters, take a little more complicated.

3) It should as often as possible to read out loud, clearly highlighting every sound and emphasizing the emotional aspects of the text. You should begin with the familiar books, and then move on to a new unfamiliar texts.

4) Well to develop diction and memory helps memorizing verses.

5) Listen to your own voice - Everyone is familiar with the fact that your voice to video or record always sounds different. Therefore, excellent option improving diction will the correction of recordings. To do this, record the reading of a passage of a book. Then, evaluate all your flaws, as long as you reach the goal.

6) Breathing exercises. As a result of the fact that us not running out of breath, public speeches look unattractive. For getting rid from this is need to train the diaphragm. No less exciting exercise of the respiratory training - inflating balloons.

Let us consider some special articulation exercises, exercises for the muscles of the jaw and face:

  • Slowly lower the lower jaw down and move it left and right and up and down;
  • Tightly clenching jaw, tighten your tongue: and rest against by it up-down, left-right, count alternately all the teeth;
  • Smile with an open mouth and lick the lips in a circle without moving the jaw;
  • Lean forward, pressing his palms to the chest. On the exhale, by extremely low voice drawl pronounce sounds «u», and "o".

The role of Psychology

Psychological exercises to improve diction and voice, performed daily in the morning, not only promote to euphony of voice, but also the improvement of the human personality and improve health. Performing exercises on diction and articulation, he gets an additional charge of vivacity and good mood. To start practicing the exercises for the development of diction for adults, better after a little autogenous training. It reprograms the subconscious mind, which also contributes effectiveness of training.

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