The Ministry of Shadows

Last Five Entries

Gone, But Not Forgotten?
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

What The Internet Will Look Like Under SOPA
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Fearsgiving Week
Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Jesus Approves of Waterboarding
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

Beware of Asteroids
Wednesday, Nov. 09, 2011

Resources

FirstGov Portal

Legislative Database


Recommended Reading

Bindyree

Bruce Schneier

James Hudnall

Glenn Greenwald

D-Day

You Are Dumb


All links are current as of the date of publication. All content created by the author is copyrighted 2005-2010, except where held by the owners/publishers of parent works and/or subject materials. Any infringement of another's work is wholly unintentional. If you see something here that is yours, a polite request for removal or credit will be honored.

 

Speaking In Tongues?

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 3:53 AM

I had the opportunity to take a voice class on Wednesday, working with Doug Honoroff on dialects. (This is a series of classes offered through Voice One, beginning with Articulatory Flexibility.)

The challenge was to acquire a Chinese accent, as if I were a Mandarin speaker who had learned English as a second language. It's a challenge, because I had a heavy accent when I was a child - so heavy that the nuns sent me to 'speech lessons' in 2nd Grade. Consequently, my normal speaking voice lacks any trace of a Chinese accent, while my parents and sisters still have traces of one.

So the process consists of learning vowel and consonant combinations as they sound in Mandarin, identifying a similar sound in English, and 're-mapping' the sounds in your head. (It's both easier and more complicated than it sounds, since it involves using the International Phonetic Alphabet.)



The Ministry has received 0 comment(s) on this topic.