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By Cecil H. Bullivant

SPEAKING WITH STILL LIPS

A study of the alphabet reveals that difficulties lie in the path of pronouncing certain letters-- a, e, i, o, u, c, d, g, h, j, k, l, n, q, r, s, t, x, and z--issue from the mouth quite easily ; but b, f, m, p, v, w, y all make a demand upon the muscles of the lips and cheeks. Unfortunately these letters often recur in ordinary speech, and as it is almost impossible to speak them distinctly without facial movement, appropriate vocal substitutes have to be made. 

On the border line is "b," which is generally pronounced by bringing the upper row of teeth down to the under lip and forcing the breath out between the lip and teeth ; by giving greater force to the inhalation, and, opening the mouth, it will be found that almost identically the same sound can be gained, and it is this one which has to be for all words commencing with " v " and " b." Thus the word " brother " is really pronounced ventriloquistly as " vruther" in the hurry of conversation the substitution passes notice, and the audience hears only the correct word. 

For " f" an accentuated aspirate makes a very passable substitution --i.e. " fool" becomes "hool," " feel " becomes " heel," and so on. 

"m " will be found rather more difficult, but if the lips are formed into an orifice, and the breath drawn sharply in, the sound of the "m" can be made inside the mouth instead of by the lips. 

As it is almost an impossibility to sound the initial " p " unless the lips come together, words commencing with it should be studiously avoided. Another plan is to drop the first letter altogether ; but the former is the better. 

" w " is amenable to a little tongue-twisting, and is accomplished by moving the tongue twice in quick succession to the roof of the mouth making the sound at the back of the throat. This is as regards the letter itself, but words commencing with " w " are quite easy. Practice on "which," "when," "what."

"y," however, is a fairly certain test, and if you can comfortably manage this without betraying the fact to the looking-glass (before which you should carry out your practice) then you have mastered a great difficulty. A quick exhalation should take place while words commencing with it are being uttered.

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