Speech Mimicking

Speech Mimicking  involves using a variety to techniques to copy the speaking patterns of a recorded piece of language with the goal of getting close to native speaker pronunciation and intonation.

The method includes:

  • Make notes on the  transcript to indicate pauses, changes in pitch, and other speech patterns
  • Read lines into Google Translate or Google Docs to check word level pronunciation
  • Listen/Repeat (sentence by sentence)
  • Listen/Whisper Adjust playback speed if necessary.
  • Listen/ Shadow Read (turn the volume down)
  • Record yourself. Listen. Circle parts that need the most improvement.
    Practice those parts.
  • Try anything else you think will be helpful

Assignment:  Practice ‘speech mimicking’ one of the scenes below. Share y
our audio or video recording of that scene by posting it to the Band or emailing it to [email protected] by May 9.  Jeff’s Rendition

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From Erin Brockovich

Oh, see, now that pisses me off. First of all — since the demur, we have more than four hundred plaintiffs…and “let’s be honest”, we all know there are more out there. They may not be the most sophisticated people, but they do know how to divide, and twenty million dollars isn’t shit when you split it between them. (Erin —)
Second of all — these people don’t dream about being rich. They dream about being able to watch their kids swim in a pool without worrying that they’ll have to have a hysterectomy at the age of 20, like Rosa Diaz — a client of ours — or have their spine deteriorate like Stan Bloom. Another client of ours.
So before you come back here with another lame-ass offer, I want you to think real hard about what your spine is worth, Mr. Walker – or what you might expect someone to pay you for your uterus, Miss Sanchez — then you take out your calculator and multiply that number by a hundred. Anything less than that is a waste of our time.

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  1. What is your first political memory?
  2. Who is the first president you remember?
  3. What do you remember about the first time you voted?
  4. Have you voted in every election?
  5. Did you vote in today’s election?
    How did you decide who to vote for?
  6. How does voting make you feel?
  7. How much do you follow politics – in Korea and in other countries?
  8. How much do you discuss politics with family and friends?
  9. Are your political views similar to your family and friends?
  10. Have your political views changed over time?
  11. Would you ever consider becoming a politician? Why or why not?
  12. Which candidates or party do you generally support? Why?
  13. What do you think of Korean style campaigning?
    Do you know anyone who participates?
  14. Generally speaking, which political issues do you think are most divisive in Korea?
  15. Which political issues are most important to you?
  16. What do you think should be the voting age?
  17. Do you think prisoners should be allowed to vote?
  18. Which politicians (Korean or foreign, current or past) do you most like and dislike?
  19. Have you ever protested for a cause? Which cause would you be most likely to protest for?
  20. What, if anything, would you like to change about the Korean political system?

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