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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SPEAK WELL: OFF THE RECORD


Paul Mills instructs


COLUMBIA RECORDS
CL-1361
1959
MONO





SIDE A:



Forming the "S" Sound
Forming the "TH" Sound
Forming the "L" Sound
Forming the "R" Sound
Forming the "NG" Sound
Forming the "ER" Sound

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SIDE B:



Forming the "OY" Sound
Forming the "A" Sound
Overcoming Nasality
Forming the "SH" Sound
Avoiding Sloppy Speech Habits (Part I)
Avoiding Sloppy Speech Habits (Part II)

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Editor's note: I don't know what it was about the people of the 1950s but they all had similar vocal intonations. From bums to millionaires it was a prim and proper sound when compared to our lazy and lax speech of today. Yet, I find their way fairly annoying. Even more annoying are the people now who speak like they did in the 50s. It's a grating and overachieving sound that doesn't quite meet our time. Which is kind of funny because politicians still rake us over the coals with the same grandiose and dry sentiment that was as false then as it is now. Nobody seems to notice it while it's being said but wonder how they were ever fooled when listening back. Oh well!

2 comments:

KL from NYC said...

What??? No 16-page Instruction Booklet??? (I wonder if it had pictures of mouth positions.)

BTW, I'm an ESL teacher. As for speaking English properly, it has it's good points -- for one thing, I can really confuse the hell out of people who only understand rap music (which can be really useful in NYC).

R. O. said...

Actually there is a booklet! Too bad it's too big for the scanner, too many pages and too glossy to get satisfactory photos or it would have been included.