Tongue Twisters

34.4" x 6.6" x 5"
Plaster and mix-medias
2017

Video documentation

Tongue twisters are present around the world, and they are a common game for native English speakers. However, on the other hand, it is also used in the ESL (English as a Second Language)classroom as a method of training for correct pronunciation. In this piece of artwork, there were seven mouths in order representing the pronunciations R [r], L [l], M [m], A [æ], S[s], V[v], TH[θ] which are the main sounds that Mandarin speakers have trouble with. Because of some of English sounds are not used in ESL learners’ native language, so they don't have the same mouth muscles like native English speakers. Therefore, each mouth appears tortured.

Maxine Leu Art Studio / New Paltz, New York, USA

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