Sound and Dialogue in Films

Towards the end of 2019 clients based in Africa and Europe started asking me to explain the American accent in a few Netflix series.  When I viewed and listened to the characters they were talking about, I could understand why they didn’t hear the words and chose to turn on the subtitles.  It’s not because […]

How Your Voice is Affected Through Wearing a Face Mask

Wearing a mouth mask is now mandatory on public transport in the UK.  I started wearing a face mask in March when it became clear that coronavirus cases were less in countries where they were recommended.   On the plus side, it lessens the risk of passing on coronavirus if you are asymptomatic on the minus side […]

Speaking at A Distance, Lockdown and Beyond

People who’ve been on the Improve Your Voice course have an advantage when talking outdoors to someone 2 meters away.   They’ve learned the “beam/aim/focus your voice” technique.The voice beam exercise is fun.  In a room full of people, you pair off and then move into lines about 6 metres apart, facing each other.   You then […]

Being Interviewed and Giving Advice During Lockdown

Being Interviewed and Giving Advice During Lockdown I’ve been offering advice on how to relax with your voice during lockdown, with groups online.  It’s a different experience when you see people on screen as in Zoom and Meeting Room to when you can only see your interviewer as on Facebook stream live, GoToMeetings and Webinars. […]

Trademark Voices or Great Voice Actors

There are some great actor’s voices around:  Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Richard E Grant among them.  James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman have trademark voices but for the most part, todays actors are great voice actors.  They don’t have the trademark voice of actors of the twentieth century like […]

English for German First Language Speakers

Fred Thompson – Head of English at the University of Koblenz – Landau As teachers for English, we are always thrilled when our German pupils come to class well prepared as well as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Our enthusiasm, however, can be dampened whenever we hear a sentence like the following one from a pupil: “I […]