“It's OK to talk proper again”


By Emma Serlin
July 9, 2019

It's ok to talk proper againThis week, London Speech Workshop was featured in The Times. I was asked to give an elocution lesson to journalist Helen Rumbelow, and to discuss Kate Middleton's interview debut in her first public speaking engagement.

It was an interesting task, analysing the vocal tones of Britain's newest princess to be, and speculating as to how much Kate had adjusted her voice to suit the situation. My consensus? Kate's voice was no doubt effected by nerves, a tight dress (restricting breathing) and an awareness of 'getting it right' for her husband to be and the millions of hungry eyes watching her.

We also spoke at length about what elocution means today, how it is so much more than simply achieving accurate sounds, and Helen did these ideas justice in her article. If you would like to have a look at the article, I have pasted a link to a PDF copy below. Enjoy.


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