HER VOICE, MY WORDS
A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call.
‘Hey, Buffi….this is A Big Famous TV Producer and I really need your help. We’re creating a new format for a TV show, yes, it’s the most popular commercial channel, and it’s primetime….and our Big Famous TV Host is stuck. Can you help her with her English? She wants to sound authentic and natural. But she’s never done something like this before. Can you help?’
My calendar is totally full until September, but I was able to shuffle and help That Wonderful TV Host Who We All Know And Love. I wrote the script for the English part of the show, but it wasn’t enough.
‘Buffi, she needs to swing it more naturally. Can you record it for her and she can shadow what you say?’
Yes, of course!
But…she was already fluent in English, so why did she need this?
You see, it’s not only WHAT you say, it’s how you say it.
Which words native speakers blend together.
Which words are punched for interested.
Which words or sounds are muted.
Let me give you an example:
If you are focusing on your pronunciation, you will probably speak very very clearly and ‘fragment’ the words in this sentence (meaning, say them each distinctly and separately):
‘Over 55,000 viewers took the time to fill in Rachel’s survey.’
But guess what?
This is how a native speaker would say it:
‘over 55,000 viewers TOOKtheTIMEteFillinRACHELsSUrvey.’
It’s hard to write it out but this is what I mean:
- The number is punched (as are names and dates – this is how we keep interest high) and the TH in 55,000 is blown, not buzzed.
- The V in ‘viewers’ is vibrated (so it does not sound the same as an F sound).
- The verb ‘took’ is emphasized but the article (‘the’, with a buzzed, not blown TH) is not.
- The word ‘time’ is emphasized to show their effort as the object of the verb.
- The preposition ‘to’ becomes a ‘te’ when it’s before a verb.
- ‘Fill in’ is a phrasal verb and is spoken as 1 word.
- ‘Rachel’ is a name and punched and the 2 S sounds are blended to make 1 word.
You see? It’s challenging to write it out but phrasing makes all the difference.
Native speakers don’t speak word by word – we speak in phrasing.
This creates that natural ‘flow’ that English is so famous for.
Understanding and using this is the difference between good English…and great English.
And the Fabulous TV Host heard a difference right away in her own English after following my method:
The tips I shared with her (and you) are just 3 of the 24 lesson modules I have waiting for you in my Rock That Mouth course! I have over 100 tips in total, all with subtitled video lessons, and workbooks to keep your mouth active!
This course has been totally transformational for hundreds of participants. Many of them speak English on a daily basis but have never learned how to ‘swing’ it like a native. (This is usually not taught at school, unfortunately, so they are just shooting in the dark.)
Ineke said: ‘Now I finally understand which words I need to punch for my next presentation. It’s totally different than in my own language- I had no idea!’
The Rock That Mouth doors open TODAY and they close on Sunday night, May 29.
Then they close forever.
Yes, you read that right.
I will not be offering this course again. Ever.
This week is your very last chance to join Rock That Mouth and truly make a difference in how you feel about speaking English.
If you’d like to learn on your own, or work with me (if there are still VIP memberships left), please have a look at the website. Memberships start at €179 euros and go up to €599 for 4 months of feedback sessions with me. Have a look here to find out more, and see which membership suits you best.
I can’t wait until September when I’ll see Ms Fabulous shine in English and (they expect) 1.2 million will be watching, too!
I hope I get a chance to work with you as well.
Click here to join me on an unforgettable learning journey.
Your mouth will thank you later.
PS: Don’t wait too long – I expect that the VIP option will sell out, and doors will be locked forever on Sunday night! #LastChanceDance