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Tips for Volunteer Readers

Reading aloud is far different, and more difficult, than reading to oneself.  Below are links to a variety of tips and articles from other reading services and across the internet to help you hone your reading skills, or just to provide some fun and, perhaps, enlightenment.

New! Frequently mispronounced common words. Do you pronounce all of these correctly?

New! And if you are ready for more common mispronunciations, try this page from Primer Magazine. Be sure to read all the way down to “often.” Fascinating stuff.

New! How to use the color coding in the weekday Studio Schedule

Another just for fun — reading these creative analogies by high school students will start your day with a laugh, or at least a chuckle.

 The twistiest tongue twister ever:  Just for fun, try this one.

How to Talk Virginian” from a guide intended for use by hikers from North Carolinia

Russian pronunciation  – is it really possible for Americans? Give it a try. If this essay doesn’t help you, go to howjasay.com and listen to Dmitry Medvedev.

Pronunciation Matters – from Words and Language Toolbox, Quill, the magazine of The Society of Professional Journalists, discusses the proper presentation of colloquialisms. How many of these do you hear mispronounced on newscasts?  We try not to make the same mistakes.

A Challenge from the Brits— a tongue twisting poem to challenge your English pronunciation abilities. “Billet does not rhyme with ballet, Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.”  And much more. Enjoy!

Understanding — Pleasantness — Accuracy — What makes one reader more enjoyable than another? You can easily identify an oral reading you enjoy, but you might not as easily identify the characteristics that contribute to that enjoyment.  Here are some characteristics that are important.

About Loudness — what it is, how much is enough, how to achieve it

Etiquette — being sensitive to what the listeners want

When to retire? — from a sister reading service, some thoughts on how to decide whether you need to take a break from reading.

Recording your program requires minimal computer skills, but your recording experience can be enhanced as you learn a few audio editing techniques.  In each recording studio you’ll find “how-to” sheets next to the computer monitors.  We’ll be happy to make copies for you to keep.


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