Learning a foreign language is challenging. The first step is to start with a simple exercise to make all of your vocal cords vibrate with a specific sound. After practicing this basic process for a few weeks, I’ve been able to do it with any new voice. I also recommend that you practice in an appropriate room (ie. open floor, front balcony, a large room with a piano).
My other tip is to start with a voice from an actress you don’t know, before you focus too much on the language you are learning. If you have friends from school who speak the language of your target country, or the actors in your family, they will likely be able to offer you guidance on the correct words, intonations, and intonations patterns.
How have you found this process?
The hardest part was to get my voice right! I have worked with several singers who are good at vocalizing a foreign language, but it can be hard to achieve the perfect voice. You don’t have to work as hard as a singer who is a native speaker of these languages. You can learn the basics and just practice. Just practice everything you don’t know the first time. You don’t have to speak well in order to learn a language.
What about your singing skills?
I’m a singer that loves music and I like to sing in high octaves and low notes. As with any foreign language, the first step is to learn the musical structure in your target language. You can then start applying some of the steps to other languages and sing those patterns in different accents of your target language. Some languages are more difficult and you might have to experiment more.
Have you felt frustrated when you failed in your attempt?
No! I’ve had really good results and even learned a few new words that I didn’t know before! I’m always disappointed if I’ve learned words in a language that I already know but it was so difficult to know all the notes in order to say the words.
What are your tips on how to get through these difficult conversations?
Listen to those that already know the language. If your target language is Latin, don’t try and say the sentences in Spanish. You can talk about the words, but it won’t make any difference if the person from Latin misunderstands your sentence. Likewise, don’t try and say the foreign words in Japanese, English, or Korean.
How often do you practice?
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