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Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez

Navigating Your Voice in Multilingual Pursuits- Skills Workshop

The word is out! Speakers rated as more charismatic and interesting have better voice tone.

Mastering a healthy voice position across your languages is, therefore, a fruitful pursuit.
In this presentation, Sarah will share some voice strategies so that you can build your message impact.
This presentation will expand your horizon and help you to consider a new tool stack to add colour, life and interest to your communication! You’ll also learn some easy voice warm-up exercises to boost your vocal health.

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7 Comments

  • Thank you Sarah! I really enjoyed your presentation! I’ve never really considered my vocal health before, so you’ve taught me some great strategies here. I really like how you’ve made me think about voice and how it impacts rapport building too – so thank you again!

  • Ohayo says:

    Fantastic.
    I myself give classes on pronounciation in German on italki and it is always an interesting journey to explore where the ‘false’ sounds they produce come from in their native language. That pretty much corresponds with the quote of Kati J√§rvinen (min 41 in Sarah’s talk), you should always explore the sounds of your native language and understand them better by doing exercises with those sounds to be able to acquire your prefered accent in another language.
    Thank you so much for all these valuable insights on voice and accents. I am looking forward to finding more of your content on YouTube.
    All the best to everyone, enjoy the journey of working on your accent and voice!

  • Weltbummler78 says:

    That was fascinating. Out of interest: I guess that the exercises you describe are often performed by singers… do you find that incorporation of singing into language activities improves pronunciation and reduces undesirable voice fry?

  • Bec-IrregularEndings says:

    So many amazing and interesting insights, Sarah… Thank you for this wonderful presentation!

  • Wow, Sarah! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.

    You are a wealth of knowledge and encouragement.

    As a Persian / Farsi learner, the insight you shared regarding vocal fry was very apt and I now appreciate the mechanisms and changes in my own voice between the two languages. Thank you!

  • Peter says:

    Thanks for this informative presentation. I’ll remember to watch my posture, pitch, and tone when speaking in L2+ languages.

  • Francis says:

    Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for the presentation. I like opera, and would totally take lessons (if I already didn’t have 100 hobbies). I definitely use vocal exercises to warm up my voice before lessons, to practice my enunciation, or even just to center myself. I have dozens of questions, but I’ll try to limit it to a few that other people would also be interest in.

    How does an opera singer sing the ‘back of the throat’ sounds in French, like the “r-a-n” in “francais”? Is it just a de-emphasized pronunciation of it?

    How do you go about memorizing lyrics in a language you are vaguely familiar with? Have you done this for an entire libretto? And what techniques do you use? How long does it take you to memorize something?

    Do you tend to turn on and off your ‘proper diction’ when speaking with friends versus speaking with foreigners in a different language? Or is it easier just to not think about it?

    Thanks!

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