Spoken English

rogersgeorge on January 10th, 2014

In a past life I taught high school speech. I’ve also spent many hours speaking in public. I’ve attended a bunch of classes about spoken English. Somewhere in all this I picked up the habit of dropping the pitch of my voice at the ends of my sentences, even questions, and on occasion I encouraged others to do so to. I was taught that dropping the pitch of your voice  makes you sound more thoughtful, powerful, confident, and poised. I think this is true. Recently I ran into a fellow who gave a talk on this subject. Give it a listen—it’s only three minutes long. I hope the site doesn’t have too many pop-up ads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SCNIBV87wV4

 

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My first link to a video

rogersgeorge on February 28th, 2012

I’m finding so much good material out there about language, it’s tempting to spend too much time merely sharing links. I have to discipline myself to include my own material sometimes. I was disciplined last post, and I will be again the post after next. Meanwhile, here’s a pretty good link to share.

This video is of comedian John Branyan telling the story of the three little pigs in the elevated and erudite language of a couple centuries ago. By the way, Shakespeare spoke Elizabethan English, not Old English. Click here to see it: Three Little Pigs.

Not what you get in the video