Spasmodic Dysphonia Example Voice and Healing Advice

Spasmodic dysphonia is a speech disorder where the voice cuts out. What happens from a medical perspective is that the voice box and/or glottis spasms while the person is speaking. A example of a person speaking with a mild case of spasmodic dysphonia can be heard in the video below:

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What I picked up from Sara’s voice is that there is a lot of forcing in it in the […]

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The Beautiful and Painful Longing For Connection

Language is painfully isolating at times. Here is a video about the beautiful and painful longing for connection through language.

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Most Populous Cities in The UK

What are the biggest cities in the UK? Find out the population size and learn how to pronounce the most populous cities in the United Kingdom…


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TOP TEN MOST POPULOUS CITIES (UK):

London
Manchester
Birmingham
Leeds & Bradford
Glasgow
Liverpool
Southampton & Portsmouth
Newcastle & Sunderland
Sheffield
Bristol
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I can’t say my name :| (advice)

What to do if you can’t say your own name…

Not being able to pronounce one’s own name can be a source of embarrassment or anxiety. I recommend getting informed and being prepared when it comes to saying one’s name. This is because avoiding ‘problem’ words will only lead to increased anxiety and avoidance of more and more words.

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Posh Boys’ Names (UK)

What first names are trendy and posh for boys in the UK? Find out posh boys names and learn IPA…


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Trendy Posh Boys’ Names UK

Badger
Felix
Cosmo
Jago
Zebedee
Noah
Isaac
Rafferty
Casper
Aeneas
Ossian
Marcus
Peregrine
Gideon
Ilan
Horatio
Tobias
Otis
Guy
Roland
Jacob
Benedict
Piers
Theo
Crispin


Do you know any posh boys’ names that are not on my list? Leave a comment below…

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Why I don’t use sayings in my speech

Talking about how the idioms or proverbs we use in speech shape our realities:

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Share in a comment if there are idioms/proverbs that you are in the habit of using in your speech…

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What do British People Eat?

The most common foods eaten in Britain and their cost in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Typical groceries purchased in the UK 2014:

sliced white bread
doughnuts
frozen pizza
beef mince
ham
canned tuna
semi skimmed milk
mature cheddar
eggs
margarine
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Top 30 Pet Names UK 2014

Top Ten British pet names in 2014. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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Most common names for cats and dogs UK 2014:

Bella
Poppy
Alfie
Charlie
Lola
Bailey
Buddy
Milo
Ruby
Daisy
Max
Teddy
Oscar
Rosie
Molly
Dexter
Archie
Marley
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Top 10 British Girls Names Past and Present

Top Ten British girls names and their meanings past and present. To do the IPA pronunciation lesson that accompanies the video DOWNLOAD HERE.

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2014 Top 10 British Girls’ Names
Sophia
Emily
Lily
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Isabella
Ava
Sophie
Chloe

1994 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Emma
Emily
Sophie
Amy
Jessica
Hannah
Charlotte
Jade
Rebecca
Lauren

1954 Top 10 Girls’ Names
Jane
Elizabeth
Ann
Carol
Patricia
Janet
Margaret
Christine
Linda
Susan

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I Speak too Fast: How to Slow Down

Do you speak too fast? Here’s how you can slow yourself down…

Being able to speak quickly and clearly while employing a wide vocabulary is a sign of high intelligence. If you fall into this category of fast speakers I do not recommend you work to slow down your rate of speech. This is because fast speech brings with it benefits of increased perceived intelligence and greater social dominance in groups.

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Top 30 British Surnames and Their Meanings

Most Common Surnames in Britain and their pronunciation…

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Most Common British Surnames 2014

1 Smith
2 Jones
3 Taylor
4 Williams
5 Brown
6 Davies
7 Evans
8 Wilson
9 Thomas
10 Roberts
11 Johnson
12 Lewis
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The Language of EastEnders

Guest post by Nina Lalumia

This is a celebration of the rich language of EastEnders, the long-running BBC drama that takes places in the fictional working-class neighbourhood of Walford in London. Before starting out, I do want to say a little bit about the other reasons I love the show. It presents a diverse range of characters: white and black, Christian and Muslim, gay and straight. But none of them are placed artificially to serve a […]

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How to Pronounce Places in London – The Cockney Way

How to say names of places in London in a Cockney / Estuary English accent.

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(1) Ends in -ham
Tottenham
Streatham
Peckham
Sydenham
Fulham
Lewisham
Balham

(2) Ends in -den / -don
Camden
Croydon
Hendon
Wimbledon

(3) Ends in -ton
Paddington
Euston
Clapton
Dalston
Haggerston
Hoxston
Stoke Newington
Islington

(4) th fronting
Southwark
South London
North London
Blackheath
Heathrow
Bethnal Green

(5) Dark /l/
Millwall
Forest Hill
Russell Square
Crystal Palace
BUT NOT: London Bridge, Leyton or Turnpike Lane

(6) Glottals either /t/ /p/ or /k/
Tooting
Waterloo
Clapham
Gatwick
Streatham

(7) H-dropping
Hackney Wick
Highbury
High […]

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How to stop your mind going blank in interviews

Do you freeze or does your mind go blank in job interviews? For some people, going into stressful speaking situations such as job interviews triggers a ‘fight or flight’ panic response to happen in them. What the freeze panic response feels like is that you can’t speak or your mind goes completely blank for a moment. Whether it lasts for a second or a couple of seconds you are unable to react, like a […]

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I want to start a YouTube Channel BUT my English isn’t good enough :'(

Is your secret dream to start a YouTube channel of your own but you don’t think your English is good enough? Take some creative inspiration and courage to get started from my top-five YouTube channels by non-native speakers of English…


(1) Venus Angelic – Venus makes videos about Japanese culture as well as her life as a ‘living doll’ (a person with a dolly persona). Venus is a polyglot who is able to speak 7 […]

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