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Articulate: Groceries?

This morning in my office there was an animated debate about how to pronounce the word, grocery. The two main camps pronounced the 'c' as either /s/ or /sh/. I had never noticed the /sh/ variant but since Difference isn't…

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Articulate: Pressure

Does this sound familiar? You start a sentence with plenty of volume and presence only to lose momentum, volume, and pitch by the end. This is an indication of inconsistent air flow. If you also end up feeling more percussive…

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Articulate: Friction

I love fricatives. Those sounds that make the air contort itself to evade a barrier. These can be created by the tongue hovering near teeth, teeth against lip, or a change in the shape of the cavity itself. I love…

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Articulate: Contortion

I work with a young man who is having some trouble being understood at work. He grew up in a neighborhood with a very distinct accent and maintained this speech pattern even while attending a college out of state. It…

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Articulate: Isolation

If you've ever done any form of dance you already understand isolation. That is exploring the movement and function of an area, a muscle or muscle groups, a joint. You can do this on a meta level such as articulating…

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