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The Mouth Playground, by Ben Piscopo
Posted by ben.piscopo in Lessons, s4
Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:06
Meet your new best friend: your mouth!
Let’s get to know your mouth and all of the parts which need to work together. If spoken English was a battle, how could you win without mastering the use of your weapons? Let’s do some “ice breaking” activities to get more familiar with the parts of your mouth. That way, we can refer to them in the following sound descriptors.
First, let’s identify the parts which we’ll use and refer to throughout this course:
1 = Lips “Upper lip” “Lower lip”
2 = Teeth “Upper teeth” “Lower teeth”
3 = Front palate “front-mouth”
4 = Pharyngeal flap “Flap”
5 = Tip of the tongue
6 = Sides of the tongue
7 = Vocal fold “Fold”
1. Get familiar with your lips and loosen them up. If your lips are thicker than others, pull them with your fingers. Suck them into your mouth. Push them out with your tongue. Make a fish face! They might feel a little sore. Do these warm-ups for 1 minute.