In teaching English as Second Language, focusing on speech and voice production; we can never undermine the power of how we open or not open our mouth, how we move our upper and lower lips affect the quality of sound, form and pitch of the words we say.

As an ESL teacher, the instruction to smile as we speak the English language never seem to fade. But sometimes, that smile and lip elongation produces a high pitch that may be awkward for male speakers. A game-changer could be as simple as “smirking” instead of “smiling”. The lower lip will tend to stretch a bit towards one direction with minimal movement on the upper lip. This also produces a deeper voice.

Try it and let me know if you heard the difference. You can also book a class with me, I’ll be glad to help you!