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SueK
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05 October 2016 at 3:51pm | IP Logged 
Hi All! I really only speak English, but know an embarrassingly small number of words in Spanish, German and French. Despite this, I've always believed that in speaking different languages, a key to pronunciation is in holding your mouth differently. I'm not sure how to explain that better, but it's almost as if you tense in different areas to speak different languages.   Does anyone else find that to be the case?

The reason I ask is I'm finding that speaking Chinese, which I can now speak in sentences, hurts my throat and has me frequently biting my tongue! This is a recent change, not something that's happened all along, so I'm not sure if I'm just starting to hold my mouth differently to form sounds better or if there's something else going on. Anyone else ever experience this, or am I just weird?
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05 October 2016 at 6:36pm | IP Logged 
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BartoG
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14 October 2016 at 12:42am | IP Logged 
To answer your question, if it's not on the other forum yet, when we speak a language (or dialect), there is a spot in the mouth where the air flows most smoothly or forcefully. This is known as the point of resonance. Some languages, like French, have a point of resonance fairly far forward. That's why so many vowels nasalize. British English is a little further back, but American English is in the middle of the mouth. The point of resonance will affect things such as how broad vowels sound. And speaking any language with sounds you haven't used a lot before will force you to use muscles along the vocal apparatus in ways they are unused to. The main thing is to make sure you are making the Chinese sounds correctly. If so, the soreness will go with time as your vocal apparatus gets muscled up. But you could be straining something trying to make a sound in a way that is different from the way Chinese speakers make it. Look up the phonology of Chinese and make sure you're doing the sounds right. If so, stick with it. It's not like Chinese people can't speak because of perpetually sore throats!
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Monox D. I-Fly
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19 October 2016 at 2:36pm | IP Logged 
Yes, it can. It is a common case in Javanese who want to learn Arabic.


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