Let’s do a little exercise, there is a sentence below, pause the lesson and record yourself reading it.

“You have failed me for the last time, Admiral….”

  • fail: 失败
  • Admiral: 上将

Darth Vader Voice: You have failed me for the last time, Admiral….
Teen Girl Voice:  You have failed me for the last time, Admiral….

Question: Which one sounds more convincing?

  • convincing: 具有说服力的

Of course, it’s the first one! But why, and why we are talking about Darth Vader?

In general, English is a lower frequency language, lower than Chinese. So if you want to sound more like an American, you can try to talk like Darth Vader when you speak English.

  • lower-frequency: 低频率的

In English, a high-pitched voice often means you are impatient, immature, upset or stressed out.

  • impatient: 不耐烦的
  • immature: 不成熟的
  • upset: 不高兴的
  • stressed out: 有压力的

You will find that the deeper voice such as Darth Vader or the characters from the show The Good Wife all sound much more assuring and powerful.

  • The Good Wife: 美剧《傲骨贤妻》

So how do we do it?

A deeper voice is created by the sound coming from further back in your throat. If you are talking with a high-pitched voice, the sound is coming from the front of your mouth. Now let’s move it back, that’s better!

  • a deeper voice: 更低沉的声音
  • throat: 喉咙
  • high-pitch: 高音调

If the sound is coming from further down in your throat,  you are going to have a deeper voice and you are going be speaking slower as well, which can also make it easier to be understood.

How you sit or stand can help how your voice sounds as well, so put your shoulders back, open up your chest, use your throat and use lots of Schwa Sounds.

  • put your shoulders back: 肩膀打开
  • open up chest: 挺胸
  • schwa sound: 央音

Practice:

  • Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.
  • 可能我会找新方法去激励他们。
  • I hope so for your sake, Commander. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.
  • 希望这样,我是为你好,指挥官。皇帝可不会像我这么宽容。
  • I find your lack of faith disturbing.
  • 你缺乏信仰,这让我不安。
  • He will join us or die, Master.
  • 他要么加入我们要么死,主人。
  • I sense something. A presence I have not felt since….
  • 我感知到了什么。这个东西自从……后就再也没有感受到过了……
  • Throaty and Intonation
    • Intro / 简介
    • Talk Like Darth Vader / 像黑武士一样讲话
    • Intonation I / 语调一
    • Intonation II / 语调二
    • The Schwa Sound / 央音
    • Reduced I / 弱读一
    • Reduced II / 弱读二
    • Reduced III / 弱读三
    • Common Mistakes / 常见错误
    • Statement And Question / 陈述句和疑问句
    • Must-Stress Situations / 必须重读的情况
    • Phrases / 短语怎么读
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