1. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose. Exhale slowly through the mouth. Repeat.
2. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose. Exhale slowly making the sound “ahhhh”. USE YOUR DIAPHRAGM
3. Inhale deeply. Exhale in short explosive bursts (huh! huh! huh! huh!).
4. Inhale slowly and count aloud clearly enunciating each number until you run out of breath. This is also a good warm-up exercise for your articulators.
5. Read the following sentence as many times as you can on one breath. This sentence is filled with words that use air.
He hid at home and sobbed when his sister seized
Exercises to overcome “Immovable Jaw”, “Idle Tongue”, “Lazy Lips”, and “Too Much Speed”.
Say each of the following words 5 times, trying to keep the tongue forward, just behind the upper front teeth. Listen for brightness and liveliness of tone.
A stiff upper lip is one cause of misarticulation. Say the words �pit-pat-pit-pat-pit-pat� many times. Try to pronounce the “P’s” and “T’s” very clearly. Now try to pick up the speed. DON’T LOOSE THE “P” AND THE “T”.
JAW OPENING EXERCISES
Say the following words while exaggerating your jaw opening.
MORE LOOSENING UP EXERCISES
Repeat each of the following word groupings clearly over and over. Start slowly at first. As your articulators become more nimble and relaxed you will be able to pick up speed without stumbling. Do any sort of tongue twister that comes to mind. The more you loosen up before a session, the easier it will be.
Good Blood, Bad Blood
Red Leather, Yellow Leather
Buttah, Guttah Guttah, Buttah
The Leaf Police Dismisses Us
Record the following exercises and then listen critically to see if you can hear the difference in the way you interpreted the meaning of the words.
Say the word “YES” to indicate:
Say the word “NO” and, by changes of inflection, indicate the following:
Say the sentence “I’ll be there.” so that the following attitudes are implied:
Say the sentence “I like Bill.” to bring out the following:
Many of these tongue twisters are familiar. Some came from the “Speech 101, Voice and Diction Class at San Diego City College. Others are from actual scripts. Some are familiar. Some seem simple. Some will be the bane of your existence. Just remember to warm up your articulators before jumping in on them!
Rubber baby buggy bumpers
She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells,
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Five fresh fish specials daily
Unique New York
Six stick shifts stuck shut.
Another long block of non-stop rock
The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit;
and on the slitted sheet I sit.
A Tudor who tooted a flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to their tutor,
Is it harder to toot –
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?
I’m not the pheasant plucker,
I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
‘cause the pheasant plucker’s running late.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?