The members of IMSUC Speaker?s Genesis Toastmasters Club at The IMS Ghaziabad, University Courses Campus, participated in session on Voice and Accent Workshop by David Conrad on 17 May 2020. Whenever the discussion on public speaking is held, two topics which are always supplementing are voice and accent.
David took the session with toastmasters from all across India to guide them how to use the voice and accent to advantage at the time of addressing the public. He told that the RP (Received Pronunciation) is Standard English and mastering it is not difficult. Speaking English is about knowing the sounds. There are eight standard notes (do re me fa so la te do). All the sounds or all the music that we make is based on these notes. He told that the spelling and pronunciation of English words varies in different parts of the world or even in different parts of the same country. For instance, kicked is pronounced as kick-t or the word shipped is pronounced ad ship-t. He also quoted the example of English Africans saying that they use two constant sounds that of ?ch? and ?j?. They begin by fully stopping the air from leaving the vocal tract then releasing it through a constricted opening.
Adding further to it he said that dialect is a form of a language that people speak in a particular part of a country, containing some different words and grammar. Accent is the way in which people in a particular area, country or social group pronounce words.
In the end David motivated all the toastmasters by saying that we all can?t be great singers but with practice we can become great speakers and for that we don?t need an audience, we can be our own critics at first place.