The Voice Cafe Blog

The Voice Cafe Blog

The Voice Cafe offers one-to-one online training via Skype as well as an Audio Study Zone, an access based audio learning resource and can be used either on its own, or as a supplement to online one-to-one lessons.

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 17:59
by voicecafe_admin
Take 2 stools, a pile of hard backed books, a table, a cuddly toy, and a big wad of blu tack: what have you got? You guessed: the beginnings of a rather shaky, somewhat lopsided, and rather unconvincing self-tape.
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 21:55
by voicecafe_admin
In the general American accent, the retroflex /r/ has such a pronounced effect on the vowels adjacent to it, particularly when in the case of a final ‘rhotic’ /r/ closing a syllable, it dramatically changes their quality. Whatever the preceding vowel, the ‘r-colouring’ effect seems to end up pushing the vowel parallel and close to the top of the hard palate. Literally.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 18:44
by voicecafe_admin
The Canadian accent seems to always appear in media as either non-existant, or it’s so over generalized that it’s comical. And while it’s almost true that we say “eh?” as much as the stereotype, there are a few points that distinguish the Canadian accent in its sound and its history from other English-speaking accents.
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 22:59
by voicecafe_admin

Learning a new accent can mean stepping way out of the comfort zone - initially a new voice placement can feel counter-intuitive and unfamiliar.
Friday, June 16, 2017 - 16:10
by admin
Ever watched a film or play where the accent is really good but somehow not quite right? Often it&rs
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 16:11
by admin
What is typecasting? So you are learning a new accent for a role, audition, or to help with clear communication. The process of picking up an accent is ...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 01:47
by voicecafe_admin
When asked, “What is the General American accent?” some Americans might reply “Sorry? Is there such a thing?”. Others might reply “Well, the accent with no ...
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 02:02
by voicecafe_admin
So what is it about RP? It is the British accent that is most commonly taught to non-native speakers, as well as being considered a ‘must have’ accent on any actor's ...
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 10:58
by admin
Going from the north to the south of the biggest nation in South America, you really
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 17:16
by voicecafe_admin
With it’s singing, swinging upbeat rhythm and distinctive sound patters, the Geordie accent and dialect owes much of its uniqueness to ...