Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More diaphragmatic breathing

I am becoming more and more convinced of the usefulness of this technique for enhancing the speech volume of my Chinese students in particular. Both men and women have very quiet voices and often tend to strain them even with using a microphone.
Today I used this technique on two students. One of them, after an hour of practising, was presenting her lecture much more loudly and her voice had a lot more'strength'. The other had a much less breathy quality and the breathing technique slowed down her speech and forced her to pause more regularly.