A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Podium Point #3: "Twy vewy vewy hahd not to destwoy uth."

The third podium point is diction.

Diction is how clearly the speaker says their words.

This is one of my favorite YouTube channels. Check out 31 Jokes for NERDS.

What is the most difficult tongue twister?

According to the intraweb thingy, these two are candidates:
  • Girl gargoyle, Guy gargoyle
  • Irish wrist watch

But according to Guinness Book of World Records:
  • The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.

The weird stuff he is talking about (fricatives and the like) come from the IPA or International Phonetic Alphabet. IPA converts sounds into characters. Each character has only one sound it can make so once you learn the IPA, you can read it like a language and get every syllable and accent exact. Its great for actors learning a new dialect. Diction is making making sure each phoneme (the basic unit of language) gets its proper due.

This is a general introduction to IPA. (My degree in communications is finally paying off!)
The title comes from a West Wing Episode "Celestial Navigation" --CJ's Root Canal. It wouldn't come up as a video so until I get it figured out. Watch it and you'll understand why it fits in the diction podium point.

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