When I listen to American actresses in tv series, I get a little jealous of their sound. They manage to speak with a much lower voice than I normally do and they make words sound so smooth. It sounds great how they link words together! (And confuse Dutch learners of English when they read it, unfortunately. So I won’t wanne write like that.) Bud yewanna taak laigue dis? I no I wanne be ablede!
They never sound tired and I bet they don’t have a sore throat after speaking loudly for a long time. My theory is that their language and accent forces them to do what speech therapists teach you. You know, when you need to learn a better speaking technique because are in danger of damaging your vocal cords. What they teach is how to use the front of your mouth and make the sounds resonate.
Well, Dutch has many sounds that are made in the back of the mouth. That’s much more difficult and tires the voice. What we need to do is learn English and learn from making the sounds of English to rejuvenate our voices!
English as botox for the voice. And why not? I see more and more adults who wear braces to change the shape if their teeth. That’s a lot of hassle for a better look. And what about this thing I still can’t believe happens in this country: young girls without real wrinkles use botox! They say they want to be prepared so that if their skin gets older the muscles that are paralysed by the botox can’t cause wrinkles. It’s not that they spend hundreds of euros on this I can’t grasp, it’s the idea that you pay to put poison in your face. And that those shiny faces look so unnatural.
Com to think of it. English isn’t botox for the voice. You won’t begin to sound like a robot or something. If you learn to speak English well and you use the extra flexibility of your muscles that comes with it to take care of your voice more, English is a series of good yoga lessons. Yea! Datzid! Waydego!
I know there are books about funny mistakes Dutch people make when speaking or writing English. I promis this blog will be a little different and I won't steal any stories from others. I would, however, like contributions from others and hope to have a bit of fun discussing what we have 'leathered'.