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  • Hi there, and welcome back to another quick tip for speaking English more clearly, and more like a native speaker

  • In this tip today, I'd would like to talk to you a bit about

  • how we move our jaw and mouth when we speak English

  • In many other languages like Madarin, Cantonese, Japanese,

  • Russian and Polish

  • They use a more closed mouth position than English

  • In English we move our mouth quite a lot

  • And we need to open and close our jaw to make many sounds

  • For example, the sounds "o", "or", and "are"

  • all have quite an open mouth position

  • You'll see when I say those, that you can actually see inside my mouth

  • My teeth open a little bit

  • Many of my non-native speaking clients

  • come to me, and they're speaking English like this

  • They're not opening their mouths, and they're hardly moving their lips

  • Now, that's very unclear, isn't it?

  • So what I just said was that many of my non-native speaking clients come to me, and

  • they're not moving their jaw and they're not moving their lips

  • And that, in English, is called mumbling

  • Mumbling, and that's very unclear

  • A lot of native speakers mumble too

  • And they are also unclear

  • So, we need to make sure that you are not mumbling

  • We need to make sure that you are

  • moving your jaw and your lips when you speak English

  • So, over the next few days I'd like you to think about that a little bit more

  • Shift your awareness to your mouth

  • Focus on the feeling

  • The movements of your mouth as you speak

  • Are you opening your jaw?

  • Are you moving your lips when you speak English?

  • Maybe you'll find that you are using the same mouth position

  • in English as you use when you speak your first language

  • And that's what we need to change

  • So, over the next few days

  • I'd like you to focus on moving and opening your mouth

  • when you speak English

  • I have a little exercise for you

  • Every morning, when you get out of bed

  • when you are either getting dressed or in the shower

  • I'd like you to say this phrase five times

  • moving and opening your mouth, o.k.?

  • The phrase is:

  • The phrase is:

  • I saw sixty-six farmers laughing on the phone

  • Remember to get your jaw moving, and move your lips!

  • I saw sixty-six farmers laughing on the phone

  • So, remember:

  • Open the jaw, move the lips!

  • Get your tongue moving!

  • It's a great way to wake up your mouth, and get it into English mode

  • Every morning

  • Ready?

  • I saw sixty-six farmers laughing on the phone

  • And again:

  • I saw sixty-six farmers laughing on the phone

  • I saw sixty-six farmers laughing on the phone

  • Do it in front of the mirror

  • Check your opening and moving

  • Check that you are not using a Mandarin mouth position

  • Or a Japanese mouth position

  • Or a Russian mouth position

  • Check that you are using good movements for English

  • Good luck!

Hi there, and welcome back to another quick tip for speaking English more clearly, and more like a native speaker

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Star Pronunciation - Clear English Tip #2. Mouth Movements in English

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    Arvin Wan posted on 2016/04/10
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