Clear articulation is one of the keys to an effective voice. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to polish your articulation. Mastering the six consonant sounds below, especially when they occur in the final position in a word, improves your overall sound.
/t/ to /d/ do
/p/ pop /b/ boy
/k/ key /g/ got
These sounds are called “plosives” or “stops” because they each require a burst of air for their production. If you hold your hand in front of your mouth, you should feel a puff of air as you say each of these sounds. Try it. Hold your hand about three inches from your lips and make a “p” sound several times. Do you feel the air hitting your hand? Would you like to watch these consonants being produced? CLICK here and SELECT the “Stop” tab.
Now that you know how it feels to explode these sounds, look at this sentence that requires the production of initial, medial, and final plosives: “Last winter the lists show it snowed two feet,” Say this sentence out loud. If it sounds like, “Lass winner the lis show i snow two fee,” you know you have not pronounced your consonant plosive sounds. You”ve lost the intelligibility of the sentence. It’s not necessary to hit all the plosives in that sentence to sound articulate, but dropping all of them erodes your credibility.
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