resources

Below you'll find my favorite resources for all things speech, accent and voice!

Most of them are FREE, some of them you'd have to pay a small fee for. Have a look!

Microphones

Speech

giving you translators and dictionaries, and a bone prop (or a wine cork if you fancy) - say what?!

part of ipa chart.jpg

Accent

recommending you not only pronunciation tools and interactive phonetic charts but also a list of podcasts!

RH audio 1.jpg

Voice

providing you tools to take care of your vocal apparatus and to create rad spectrograms with!

Speech

thesaurus

dict.cc

bone prop

 

Google Translate is the McDonalds of translation services. It's great to use if you're on holiday and need to ask where the closest toilets are, but for anything else including your next business presentation, it's nowhere near proficient enough. Instead of using Google Translate, have a look at DeepL. It's still no Gordon Ramsay, but I'd say Starbucks level surely.

Accent

​​list of podcasts - blog entry?

OED world Englishes

IDEA or the International Dialects of English Archive

The IPA chart is an overview of the International Phonetic Alphabet and helps describing and distinguishing sounds of spoken language. For standard English accents (General American, Standard Southern British, and General Australian), it's certainly useful to have in your pocket.

The Cambridge online dictionary lets you search for words, gives you their pronunciation in UK and US standard accents. It also says what the word means, the different connotations and the different usages. related words too

This is the interactive version of the IPA chart from the International Phonetics Association that lets you search for the consonants and vowels (and more), click on them, and know how they're pronounced. I recommend you use the top audio recording because it represents the sounds most accurately.

With YouGlish, you'll find words and expressions in English from YouTube. It searches the YouTube database for clips that contain your word or your expression. Captions are provided with your word or expression highlighted in yellow. You can even switch between different clips, to see how it is used in action and across different accents. read along the captions, accents not specified

Voice

straws amazon.jpg

straw phonation with any kinds of straws, difference in thick n thin, I use these ones. great especially for singers but also to prep before going on stage to not force your voice, comes w cleaning brush

This is The Voice Deck by fellow voice coach Nic Redman that takes the guesswork out of your vocal warm-up. Want to have a routine without coming up with your own techniques, or don't know what to include at all? Nic has designed a deck of 38 cards divided into four categories. Simply choose one or two cards out of each category, and you got your vocal warm-up!

voice deck by nic redman.jpg
neti pot amazon.jpg

This is not a tea pot. This is a neti pot to cleanse your nasal cavity with. Rinsing your sinuses has lots of benefits such as improving breathing and relieving cold symptoms - and, you guessed it, freeing the nose so your voice sounds less nasal. Be sure to use distilled or filtered water, however. For a full list of DOs and DON'Ts, click here.

For any of you who are really curious about practical phonetics, Praat is a free software to analyze speech. Whether you're a fellow linguist geek or simply want to have a tattoo similar to the one on Shawn Mendes' forearm, download the FREE software here to get started.

          PS: This spectrogram right here is me saying my full name in my Swiss German dialect.

RH audio 1.jpg