67 thoughts on “SOFT PALATE EXERCISES (6 of 6) — Vocal Exercises — American English Pronunciation

  1. Please read the sound ^ ^

    I have resume with me if you'd like to have it.
    sure but why don't just tell me a little bit about yourself

  2. Dear Rachel. Can you show me the difference between " Fall " and " Full " in pronunciation. Most people in my country have lots of trouble with them. Thanks !!!!!!

  3. I'm really going to work on closing my soft palette. My voice has always sounded nasally and I didn't know why or what to do about it. I have never actually closed my soft palette while speaking. I have always felt a slight vibration in my nose while speaking.
    Should I be able to close my soft palette and breath normally through my mouth? I'm having a little trouble feeling if my soft palette is closed while breathing. Is this something I need to work on in order to make my voice less nasally?

  4. How American speaks this sentence "what do you want me to talk about" and what is it mean? Please explain in dialogue. Please

  5. Very helpful ~ Thank you so much~~~~~

    By the way, does any part of the tongue(except the tip) touch the roof of the mouth or the hard palate? My tongue(especially the middle part) touches them a lot when I speak. I find it very uncomfortable because my tongue feels stuck when it touches them, making my sounds not smooth at all.

  6. The tongue does touch the roof of the mouth for other sounds with other parts, for example, the R sound — for some, myself included, the tongue touches the roof of the mouth in the middle.

  7. Hi Mike, yes, feeling the soft palate is difficult.
    Having a raised soft palate (in the closed position) will help you sound less nasal.
    If I'm just resting, not speaking, the soft palate is lowered. I only know that because if I'm talking and stop, and pay attention to that transition, I feel something lower there. I haven't noticed if it affects the breath…

  8. Dear Rachel,
    How are you? I hope you are pretty well. Doubtless, you are one of the fewest I have ever admired as you are really a very successful teacher. Your videos are awesome and your technique is fabulous. Your words,posture and explanation show that you are excellent.Regards

  9. Hello Rachel! I have a lot to go through to improve my English, and my accent, I am sure I will make my goal with your helpful videos. You're amazing! Thank you so much!

  10. Thanks Rachel, would you please pronounce the word "Manhattan"?? I don't know what to do with the "hattan" part!!! it seems that I should produce some sounds without saying any letter!!!!

  11. thank you so much! but here is my question, how can i pronounce the "N" with the soft palate lifted? it sound to nasal, even more than before (srry for my bad english)

  12. As a singer, I've been working on raising my soft palate. It was happening from time to time, but I didn't seem to really have control to do it when I thought about it. This video is the best I've found to give specific explanation and exercises that actually let you associate the feeling of raising the soft palate with certain exercises, letting me make an association that will prove quite helpful. Thank you for posting this! ,

  13. really miss beautiful it helped me a lot!!! particularly the video of real soft palate moving u showed is awesome!!

  14. My god I been having the problem of vibrating the soft palate each time I speak English. When I try to pronounce words in English I make them sound russian. And I, not even russian. Should I try this or I need more specific help?

  15. That was really helpful to me. Thanks! I was able to see the position of your tongue relative to the two sounds(Ah, Ng) you were making. The light in your mouth allowed a great view.
    My voice changed about a number years ago after I became depressed. I would not talk to people. I realized that I was forming a habit of keeping my soft palate down. I remember it vividly now. I felt the lump in the back of my throat. What I was doing pushing it down and keeping it down until it became a habit, and my voice changed for the worst. It caused a Nasal quality to my voice causing words to come-out scratchy, and inaudible. You helped me find a solution to uncover this issue. I am going to practice raising my soft palate when necessary.

  16. Thank you for showing exactly where it was. Most singing videos don't show you, so it's hard to figure out where the thing is.

  17. Rachel awesome video
    Don't treat yourself to soda drink water instead cause we love you and your voice needs it cause it's awesome

  18. @ 0:55 I'm sure someone probably already brought this up in the three years of being posted, but actually there are four, [ɱ] the labiodental nasal as in "comfort" or "symphony." Just kidding! I'm just posting to act smart.

    You're very informative though. Thanks for the tips!

  19. Are there any specific additional exercises to strengthen the soft palate? words like "singing" get totally lost in mine. I am tryin to recover from a stroke. I can speak, but certain words get gobbled up and got up my nose – and anytime I try to sing. Can you help? Thanks.

  20. i came here cause i noticed that my nostrils flare A LOT when i sing (practically with every word my nostrils grow and shrink)
    but isn't raising your soft palate basically the same thing as holding your breath??

  21. As a singer, I have become very aware of my soft pallet in singing over the years, but I had never though that it played a big role in my speaking voice. It was actually hard for me to lower my soft pallet because it's so used to being raised when I sing, and my tongue kept trying to come up in the back to make the NG sound lol. I love your videos! You have some great exercises that I will definitely be using in my practice sessions, and on my students as well! Thanks so much!

  22. is it just my impression, or are these videos actually very helpful both for people trying to learn american english and singing alike? The breath support using tssss, and the relaxing the jaw, and the raising of the soft palate. :O

  23. Hi Rachel, thanks for the tip. Great video. Just wonder have you taught Chinese students? What is the reason the voice they make up is very different apart of you guys.

  24. Amazing series of videos. I´ve just enrolled the 10-day mini course and I can see that this content is unique and so important to what I want to study: pronunciation, fluency and accent reduction. Thank you!

  25. my soft palate seems a bit sore after doing soft palate reps (raising and lowering the soft palate with a closed mouth).

  26. I agree with Angela (below). This program from Rachel and really helped me make a breakthrough in SINGING this week. Raising the soft palate is integrally tied to the tongue relaxation and jaw relaxation exercise she gives. I realize how much tension I kept in both places. Borrowing from another online teacher, Tricia Leines has expanded on the same topic from a singing perspective: Keeping Your Tongue Relaxed While Lifting Your Soft Palate. Thank you, Rachel.

  27. Hi, Rachel!

    I strongly think that one of the reasons I can't pronounce the R consonant correctly, maybe due to the fact that maybe I haven't developed a strong tongue.
    (I don't know if I should focus more on making exercises to make my tongue stronger, since it seems like practicing hasn't paid off at all).
    Right now at the moment I'm 25 years old, been studying English, since I was 8, I used to surround myself with English all DAY, with music , TV series(and yes, I use to sang like crazy and repeat what I heard in series), I even had a native speaker classmate at highschool for 3 years and used to talk to him a lot every single day(ALL of that 100% got rid of my thick accent, i do have an american accent), but for some reason I fail to pronounce the R correctly on some words. Been practicing for 5 months for 2 hours daily, still can't. I'm giving up, TBH.

  28. Wow thank u rachels english my 1st time wathng this iv been practicing for half an hour n i love this trick it does work,it makes my voice sound less boring..ilov u teacher

  29. I am new to Rachel's english. Thank you for the video. I watched this video with my headphones(earbud type) . I practiced the sounds with a headphones and for me was easy to feel/hear the differences. I think it was easier to notice the differences between the lifted and lowered soft palate than I noticed without the earbuds, I am not sure if I am right or not, I didn't do it on purpose.

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