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.
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 21:55
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
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
Learning a new accent can mean stepping way out of the comfort zone - initially a new voice placement can feel counter-intuitive and unfamiliar.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 16:11
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
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
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 ...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 17:29
So what does it take to learn an accent as a non-native speaker? When we hear new sound patterns in an accent or language, we subconsciously categorize them with our own familiar native accent at least initially, and try to produce them as such. The ability to