“Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?” – William Wordsworth
What’s Up With Articulation and Diction?
Basically, if you do not articulate your words well, people will not be able to understand what you are trying to communicate. If you learn to launch your vowels by exaggerating your consonants to be understood, you’ll be able to project without pushing (pushing can cause hoarseness and other more serious problems).
The act of producing sounds (particularly consonants) in order to form words by using the articulators (muscles of the tongue, lips, cheeks, soft palate, jaw).
One way to improve your articulation is to work with a mirror and watch to see whether or not you are fully using your lip and facial muscles to form your words. Another thing to watch for is a tight jaw or frowning cheeks because it’s not a good idea to let these obstruct your potential.
More on this in future posts.