Why do I have a lisp?

Why do I have a lisp? Well, a lisp is a really interesting thing. A lisp is generally thought of as with an S, as in silly Sally – it sounds like a TH. Thilly Thally. Little kids have it when they’re learning to make the S sound, they say “Thilly Thally” and it sounds really cute. And in fact I have many young children who come to me because they haven’t transitioned into making the S the proper way. We work on tongue placement and we’re able to fix it.

Now as far as what many of my adult clients come to me for it’s because they’ve done an interview on the radio or a podcast or TV or given a speech and listened to themselves afterwards, they’ve heard what is kind of a whistly or hissing S, and that’s known as an overly sibilant S, and there are three causes for it. One is the focus where you’re putting the S sound, there’s too much air coming through, it’s not the right focus. Secondly there’s too much air, the pressure is too strong, and thirdly it’s because the S is too long we have a “Silly Sally” and each one of those the focus, the pressure and the length of the S. If you work on those, reducing those and getting them very focused, you can overcome that sibilant S.

Now one way to find out if you do have overly sibilant S is to record yourself. You need a high-quality recorder to listen to yourself and play it back or to ask your friends or your co-workers: “Does my S sound kind of overly slushy?” And you can do those three things to fix it.

If you have any questions let me know I really appreciate you watching if you liked this video please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, I’m Patrick Muñoz.

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