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  • Hello, I am Gareth Jameson. I am an actor and a voice coach from www.londonvoicelessons.

  • com. Here are some tips for working on your voice. The key to any accent is to isolate sound that

  • is specific to that accent.

  • Now for me the most important one in an Irish accent is the "i" sound. The "i" that we get

  • in "like" or "height", or even at the beginning of the word Irish. It becomes like an "oi",

  • almost like the "oi" in oil.

  • So that is why you sometimes hear people say "oirish" and "oireland". It is not quite "oi"

  • really, it is slightly less than that, it is "oii". So that we have "I will be fine

  • with all this oil", there is a difference "I will be fine with all this oil, I will

  • be fine".

  • That introduces another feature as well, the "th", "I will be fine with all this oil".

  • The "th" is usually removed from Irish speakers, especially with more casual speakers so that

  • you get more d's and t's instead. So have a listen to this.

  • "What do you think of this, what do you think of this?" That is "think" and "this". Our

  • next feature is the letter "r". Now for most Irish speakers the "r" is always pronounced.

  • So, instead of saying words like "park", we will have "paark", with a "err". It is right

  • at the front of the mouth, unless you are from Dublin where your right at the back of

  • your mouth. You are right at the front, "park" and "garden".

  • Right at the front like that. Now we move onto a "l" sound. Now, for British English

  • speakers we have two versions for the "l" sound.

  • We have one at the back of the mouth, like in "kettle", "bottle" and "pull", and one

  • at the front in "lovely", "lemon" and "limned". For an Irish speaker, they are all at the

  • front. In fact, it is quite helpful I like to think of the whole accent coming from the

  • front of the mouth.

  • This phrase might help, "a little bubble at the front of your mouth, a little bubble at

  • the front of your mouth". Finally, that introduces the "ou" sound in mouth. It becomes "ouw",

  • like if starting on a "ou", if you start on "ou", "ouw", "mouth".

  • So try "how now brown cow, brown cow" with an "our" in it. "How now brown cow, a little

  • bubble at the front of your mouth". Now we have not got time for more features today.

  • I am Gareth Jameson, thanks very much.

Hello, I am Gareth Jameson. I am an actor and a voice coach from www.londonvoicelessons.

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