https://www.duolingo.com/ErinAndW

Being sick is... helpful!

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An interesting anecdote,

I take a French class, first thing in the morning, and I have a bit of a head cold at the moment. I had a big mug of tea that I was sipping, I felt fine, but my voice sounded a little weird. Then I noticed it. My French accent sounded better with my sick voice!

This is not to say that French people sound sick, just that pronunciation came together in a French-ier way for me.

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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Haha! Though I can't relate, (in terms of your French accent sounding better when you have a sore throat; I think that's what you meant to say instead of "sick voice". Anyway, I think my accent is pretty decent, sick or not :P) but I must agree that A French accent isn't that easy to develop. Especially with that ugh..darnit! English-lisp. Same for Portuguese and Russian and Hawaiian...etc. For me, I don't find it like that for Spanish, but hey, we're all different.

I gotta say though, congrats on that French accent! And I hope you get well soon!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ErinAndW
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Actually, my throat wasn't sore! (Thank goodness!) I was trying to describe the way a person's voice sounds when they have a cold and their nose is stuffed up. I think the stuffy noise helped with nasal sounds, and also just with having more of a natural (if not perfect accent).

I've done accent work as an actor, and it's important to have a self consistent accent. I'm not sure how to exactly describe it, but the different pieces of an accent should fit together. That's why it's much harder to just pronounce all your English words with a Spanish r than to say everything with a "spanish" accent.

Being sick helped my accent glue itself together. It didn't give me a perfect accent, but better!

What do you mean by an English lisp? I can think of many, many different things it could be!

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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Ah...so I got a little mixed up there..haha! Yes, I agree, as my French teacher says, "if you want a beautiful French acccent, hold your nose, speak a French word....et voila! Your very own accent. You must all try to develop that, it'll help you in your oral exam. Just try to get the nasal tone".

Pretty long, huh? I know, but that's how she described it to us, and it works fine for me - I don't need to hold my nose anymore!

As for the "English lisp", some people have one, like "sthat" for "that". Try it right now, as you read my post. Speak all two of the words, and you'll see. I used to have one. It's like some people saying "rwaffle" for "waffle". Some people just get the sounds of their words mixed up. We the English just cal it a "lisp". It's not a disease or anything, just something that makes you as the individual special :P.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ash.Purple

Is this how the term "frog in the throat" came around?

I feel sorry for all of the frogs in wheelchairs rolling around in France.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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Possibly! When you have a sore throat your voice is a little croaky, like a frog's. It makes sense for your to say "Do you have a frog in your throat?" An interesting comment, Ash.Purple.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ErinAndW
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I think also Ash.Purple was referring to French people being called "frogs" as a slur.

But yes, your interpretation makes a ton of sense!

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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<pre>I think also Ash.Purple was referring to French people being called "frogs" as a slur. </pre>

Oh, I get it! Haha! It's amazing at you can learn with languages!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kokoriconen

Though, in French this is called "Avoir un chat dans la gorge" (to have a cat in the throat) so I don't think this is related ahahah

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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Haha! Merci pour la phrase :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ampharos64

Well, I've heard French being spoken correctly described as sounding 'like a cat trying to cough up a hairball', so... : D

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeltaDabber
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XD

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https://www.duolingo.com/wingardium12

HAHA

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https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

Yes, even with singing sometimes it sounds better with a cold- I guess it depends on who it is though! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/i-love-flowers

Singing with a cold always makes me sound worse! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

:) I guess it is different for everybody. maybe not if you are singing soprano, but I know that a cold makes it easier to sing alto.. From experience... :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Allen142019

THAT IS BOTH COOL AND WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Just don't fall for that language craze, vocal fry.

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https://www.duolingo.com/ErinAndW
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I've never really understood what a vocal fry is, can someone explain for me?

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https://www.duolingo.com/ebmcee
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Speaking in a way that uses a little less breath than usual, causing your voice to skip and stutter instead of producing a clean sound.

Mostly something that white dudes listening to podcasts write angry emails about while no one else cares.

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https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Songve,

Amen. Where I live, mostly girls use this. I do not understand how any of them get a date.

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https://www.duolingo.com/i-love-flowers

I'm also sick... wonder if this works for me too!

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https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat
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Lol, nice! But with practice you can sound great even when not sick

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

Nasal congestion comes with a cold, and I'm sure you're French accent benefits!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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I think I would sound better in Russian with a little alcohol

Oh, great! You will also make a lot of progress while resting. When I fell down the stairs (on Valentine's Day, 2016, mind you...) I made more progress in Duolingo in one day than I had made in an entire week before. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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French has a lot of nasal sounds so maybe it was because you speak a little through the nose when you're sick. (I know my Spanish sounds a little bit more like Portuguese when I'm sick for a similar reason).

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https://www.duolingo.com/BlakeLang4

Good job!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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My Spanish turns into Portuguese when my nose is blocked and throat sore.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wingardium12

how?my spanish n portuguese r way different from each other.though i rarely get sick.

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https://www.duolingo.com/wingardium12

haha, nice

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kokoriconen

I've got to say we sound even more French when we're sick so I guess it's normal ahah

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https://www.duolingo.com/Langophobe

On another note, same tune though, I ended up spending a week in the hospital for a sports-related injury 3 weeks ago. I had soooo much time off class that I've never got so much German done in my life. Being sick does help ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/L50Language

That's interesting.

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https://www.duolingo.com/chocolateKBpup

Wow, cool discovery. I haven't been sick all year.

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