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PSU Opera's production of Die Fledermaus opened this weekend, to critical acclaim. Mark Mandel of The Oregonian states, "...we wouldn't have wanted to look away for an instant." For the complete review, click here. Performances run through Sunday, May 1. For ticket information, click here.
Brenda Nuckton's production of Die Fledermaus, the quintessential Viennese operetta, will open Friday, April 22, with six performances over two weekends. The show is fully staged with orchestra and features two excellent student casts, with special faculty guest artist, Scott Parker, as Frosch. It also features a sparkling and witty translation by librettist Quade Winter, which brings this familiar operetta to new and irrepressible life. Join us of an evening of romance, intrigue, champagne and re-discovery! For ticket information, click here.
As the OSU Women step into the national spotlight to take on UConn this Sunday, they will be called the "Ore-gone" team more often than not. Here, Governor Kate Brown provides a tutorial in how to pronounce the name of our state.
If you struggle to pronounce English words correctly, and don't want the Governor to make a video for you, contact Clearly Speaking today. You can learn to be understood the first time, every time.
There is some indication that cats pick up vocal inflections from the cats and humans around them. Now a group in Sweden is going to study whether feline accents vary in different regions of the country that have different dialects. To read more, click here.
If you would like to work on reducing your accent, contact Clearly Speaking today.
How you speak can affect how your voice works, sounds and feels. If you don't have the habit of using your voice and breath in coordination with each other, your voice can tire rapidly, becoming hoarse or even stopping altogether. Habitually wearing your voice out can lead to damage on your vocal cords. In this story, Sheinelle Jones describes how her voice was damaged, and what she did to help restore it. Click here for the story.
While it is unusual for a vocal polyp to disappear as quickly as this one did, working with a voice specialist can help to restore a damaged voice. And learning to use your voice optimally can help to prevent damage in the first place!
If you would like to learn to use your voice to its best potential, contact Clearly Speaking today.
Turns out, most people--including actors in the Harry Potter films--have been mispronouncing "Voldemort" all this time. Click here to learn how author J.K. Rowling says his name should be pronounced.
If pronouncing other English words is challenging for you, and you like to learn to speak with a standard American accent, contact Clearly Speaking today.
The delicate tissue of your vocal cords can be damaged from a number of causes: illness, surgery, chemical exposure (including cigarette smoke), violent coughing, excessive muscle tension, etc. When injured, the tissue of the mucosa covering the cords tends to stiffen as it heals, changing the sound and function of your voice. Restoration of vibratory function has variable success, depending on the extent of the injury. A recent article describes a successful attempt to grow donated vocal fold cells, which then vibrated nearly normally when implanted in dog larynges. If this technique proves out in further clinical trials, it offers a promising option for people with certain types of vocal fold damage. Click here to read more.
If you would like to learn to use your voice with optimal efficiency, and reduce the possibility of damaging your vocal cords, contact Clearly Speaking today.
Sulcus vocalis: image credit: www.laryngologyandvoice.org
The Nutella company states on its website that the preferred pronunciation is "NEW-tella," but they'll happily sell you a jar whichever version you say. Read more.
Other mis-pronunciations can have more serious consequences. If your pronunciation of English is holding you back from being understood easily, contact Clearly Speaking.
Many people find public speaking difficult, and there are many different ways to learn to speak in public more easily. For one person in Maryland, experience in training teenage cattle judges helped in honing public speaking skills. To read more, click here.
While this example may bring a smile to your face, it exemplifies several principles of good public speaking: know your topic, know your audience, and have a compelling message.
If you would like to learn more about public speaking techniques, even if you don't have a handy herd of dairy cattle, contact Clearly Speaking today.
A stray dog in London, whose trainer at the rescue shelter speaks with a French accent, now only responds to commands "given a la francais." To read more, click here.
If you would like to speak to your dog with a French accent, bonne chance! If you would like to speak English with a standard American accent, contact Clearly Speaking today.
Brenda Nuckton, MA, CCC-SLP
Clearly Speaking can help you speak with a standard American accent, offering training in accent reduction, accent modification, correct English pronunciation, prosody, vowel sounds, and consonant sounds. We are located in Portland, OR and provide services to the greater Portland area.
Learn healthy voice techniques. Voice disorders, vocal fatigue, hoarseness, vocal tension all impact communication. Clearly Speaking helps you learn healthy voice techniques: vocal hygiene, optimal breath/voice coordination, breath support, eliminate vocal fry, learn forward resonance & efficient use of the speaking voice. Also offering transgender voice training.