Mirrors in Language Practice

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Mirrors in Language Practice

Postby jackb » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:18 pm

I recently started using a large display in addition to my laptop. Last week I noticed that I can see my reflection when I practice speaking, so I decided to pay a little more attention to my mouth and cheeks. It appears that I am not making the shapes with my mouth like I thought. After correcting, I think I sound better.

Does (or has) anyone done practice in front of a mirror to help their speech? If so, what have you done or might you suggest to some one thinking about doing it?

Or should I just continue on my way.
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Re: Mirrors in Language Practice

Postby Speakeasy » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:44 pm

Very interesting! Yes, I have used the mirror when practicing German, although not to a very large extent. While I could be wrong, I believe that Professor Arguelles suggested this technique, either on the HTLAL or on his website – Foreign Language Expertise – which, regrettably, seems to be out-of-service.
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Re: Mirrors in Language Practice

Postby aravinda » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:11 am

jackb wrote: Does (or has) anyone done practice in front of a mirror to help their speech? If so, what have you done or might you suggest to some one thinking about doing it?
I have used a small handheld mirror for practising sounds that I find difficult. I have seen this recommended in several books. It is most useful when you have a teacher/native speaker (I didn't), videos or at least pictures/line drawings to guide you/demonstrate.
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Re: Mirrors in Language Practice

Postby leosmith » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:35 am

jackb wrote:I recently started using a large display in addition to my laptop. Last week I noticed that I can see my reflection when I practice speaking, so I decided to pay a little more attention to my mouth and cheeks. It appears that I am not making the shapes with my mouth like I thought. After correcting, I think I sound better.

Does (or has) anyone done practice in front of a mirror to help their speech? If so, what have you done or might you suggest to some one thinking about doing it?

Or should I just continue on my way.

I was pleasantly surprised to read this discussion because I thought it was going to be about using a mirror for "talking to yourself" type conversation practice. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just find your suggestion more applicable to my way of learning languages. I could see it being useful especially in languages that have many similar sounds, like Korean. Exaggerating a facial expression could help one become better understood. I may have to give it a try!
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