Diction Exercices – Warm-Ups

These warm-up exercises are part of speech therapy treatments.  Many examples and demonstrations can be found on the internet.

Exercise 1 :

a) Facial Gymnastics

The tongue is a muscle that needs to be exercised.  Here are some exercises to do:  Moving the tongue up and down (behind the teeth); from side to side (right check- left cheek); touching the back teeth (up and down, right to left)

b) Basic Diction Exercises

Simple words must be practiced, such as : kata, kata, kata Pa, Pa, Pa Pata, Pata, Pata, Pataka, Pataka, Pataka.

The following websites might be of use:

The internet offers many interesting videos and websites about exercises to improve elocution.  It was by surfing the net that I had the chance to discover many interesting examples.

Vocal Warm-Up #4: Articulation (4:24)

Articulator Exercises | Accent Training (3:34)

How to breathe, full lung exercises, oxygenate your cells by deep breathing. Pastorstraw (3:20)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : Public Speaking Prep: Lip Flutters (1:16)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : Public Speaking Prep: Wee & Wah (1:40)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : Public Speaking Prep: Smile & Frown (1:13)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : Soft Palette Warm Up: Sing & Ah (1:23)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : Articulation Drill for Public Speaking: Uh & Ah (1:56)

Vocal Warm Ups for Public Speaking : General Vocal Warm Up with Words (1:56)

These very popular YouTube videos deal with the following:

  • Muscle structure of the mouth and tongue
  • Breathing exercises
  • Articulating drill
  • Diction using traditional sentences
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