Monday, 19 March 2012

Trippingly on the tongue...

Walking in the park this week (spring is here!), I had a bit of a stumble - and fell, landing like a mighty redwood (my poor knees!). Embarrassing, yes.

But at least it gave me an idea for the blog, as it got me thinking about another place I sometimes stumble – audiobook narrating!

I’m a pretty fluent reader, but sometimes I hit a particular kind of brain-freeze glitch and I just can’t get over it. I’ll make the same mistake several times in a row and it gets worse with each retake, as I come toward the Problem Syllables like a skittish horse heading to a tricky jump...

I’m sure I’m not the only one who suffers this problem - and over the years, I’ve come up with a solution!

This is what works for me: As I approach the trouble spot, I start to do a math problem in my head. It can’t be anything like simple addition – double-digit multiplication usually does the trick – something like 27 x 19. Struggling to work it out usually tricks my brain into letting my mouth get the tongue-twister out.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on!

Photo by Joe Schlabotnik


  1. What a great idea! I often have to take a slight, mini-breath right before, or in between, the syllables, to get them right. Next time I'll try this!

    1. Thanks, Pam! Let me know if it works for you...