American Accent Diction

American Accent Diction

Jill Diamond: I’m moving the muscles in my face because it’s a great way to warm up the articulators for enunciation. It’s so important that you articulate and use good diction when you speak.
Here is one of my favorite acting warm-up exercises that really gets all those
muscles moving. We’re going to start by saying “A-E-I-O-U”, and notice how I use the shape in my mouth. Say that “A-E-I-O-U”. Now we are going to add a consonant the B consonant/b/ and we’re going to say “BA-BE-BI-BO-BU”. You try, “BA-BE-BI-BO-BU”. Again, we’re really using the muscles in our face. Now, we are going to go to the /k/ that C sound, and we’re going to say “KA-KE-KI-KO-KU”. You try, “KA-KE-KI-KO-KU”.
All you have to do is go through all of the consonants and add them in front of the vowel sounds. Let us go to the D sound, “DA-DE-DI-DO-DU”. You try that,”DA-DE-DI-DO-DU”. Let us go to the F sound “FA-FE-FI-FO-FU”. Notice how I’m using my teeth and my lip and I’m really exaggerating the movement “FA-FE-FI-FO-FU”. Let us go to the G sound “GA-GE-GI-GO-GU”. You try that, “GA-GE-GI-GO-GU”. /u/ I get the rounded lips. Let’s move on to the H sound, we get a nice breath here /h/”HA-HE-HI-HO-HU”. Go ahead and try that, “HA-HE-HI-HO-HU”.
Let us move on to the J sound /j/ “JA-JE-JI-JO-JU”. Your turn, “JA-JE-JI-JO-JU”. Very good, we are going to skip to the L sound, /La/, here we go “LA-LE-LI-LO-
LU”. You try that, “LA-LE-LI-LO-LU”. Now we are going to move on over to M sound it’s nasal /m/ “MA-ME-MI-MO-MU”. You try that, “MA-ME-MI-MO-MU”. Let’s keep going, we’re getting to the /n/ sound like Nancy. Again, that N is nasal, let’s try it, “NA-NE-NI-NO-NU”. And I still get the shape of the vowels. You try that one, “NA-NE-NI-NO-NU”.
Let us move on to the P sound /p/, here we go, “PA-PE-PI-PO-PU”. You try “PA-PE-P-PO-PU”. We are going to go to Q and we are going to mix that with the W sound, and we’re going to get “QWA-QWE-QWI-QWO-QWU”. You try, “QWA-QWE-QWI-QWO-QWU”. Let us go to the R sound /r/ Ray, get that tongue pointing up to the roof of your mouth, but don’t let it touch: “RA-RE-RI-RO-RU”. You try, “RA-RE-RI-RO-RU”.
Now we’re going to the S sound like a snake, “SA-SE-SI-SO-SU”. You try, “SA-SE-SI-SU”. How about the T sound? TA-TE-TI-TO-TU. Your turn, “TA-TE-TI-TO-TU”. See, I should feel very tired by now because of all the articulation, and you should too. Let’s move to the V sound, really use your upper teeth on your lower lip “VA-VE-VI-VO-VU”. Try that, “VA-VE-VI-VO-VU”. How about the W /w/, we need rounded lips “WA-WE-WI-WO-WU”. Now you try, “WA-WE-WI-WO-WU”.

Just a couple more. We’re going to try that /y/, that Y sound “YA-YE-YI-YO-YU”, it happens right here in the back of the throat. You try, “YA-YE-YI-YO-YU”.

the Z sound /z/ [buzzing] like a fly or a bee [buzzing], Let’s try “ZA-ZE-ZI-ZO-ZU”. You try that one, “ZA ZE ZI ZO ZU”.

We’re going to finish with one more that I know is really tricky for many of you and that is the TH sound /θ/. Well, you need to put the tongue between the teeth. We’re going to say “THA-THE-THI-THO-THU”. You try, “THA-THE-THI-THO-THU”. Let’s try one where it’s a little voiced and we say /ð/ “THA-THE-THI-THO-THU”. Really using your vocal cords one more time, “THA-THE-THI-THO-THU”.

We’ve gone through the consonants, and now it’s your turn to practice this all the time, as often as you can, because it’s going to help you to be clear with your words and your articulation–which we know is really important. So, I want to thank you for watching, don’t forget to like to share and subscribe to the Accent Ace Channel. I’ll see you again soon.