Stir-frying Fricatives

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Hey Friends!

This week we have a sequence for those of you who have a hard time distinguishing between the f/v sound and the unvoiced TH/voiced TH sound. This often comes up with UK students, particularly those from London, because often those sounds get smushed together as if they aren’t 4 distinct sounds! If this is part of your accent, then there is nothing wrong with that. But if you are playing a character who makes these sounds differently than you, it can be tricky to get the articulators to suddenly begin to cooperate. Practice will make this easier and make your speech more versatile.

So grab yourself a mirror and get a close look at what’s going on as you take yourself through this sequence!

Below is the tongue-twister we play with in the sequence. Brilliant Voice and Speech teacher Mary Howland pointed me to this wonderful tongue-twister. Good luck!

The feisty thirsty father of the first southern thief.

The feisty thirsty father of the second southern thief.

The feisty thirsty father of the third southern thief.

The feisty thirsty father of the fourth southern thief.

The feisty thirsty father of the fifth southern thief.
Let us know how it goes, or if you have any other good tongue-twisters that help parcel out these 4 sounds.

Take good care,

Christine & Lindsay

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