How to Reduce a Nasal Tone in a Speaking Voice

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How to Reduce a Nasal Tone in a Speaking Voice
Reducing your nasal speaking voice will take practice. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Perhaps one of the most recognisable nasal voices in show business belongs to Fran Drescher, the star of the popular '90s sitcom "The Nanny." But before Drescher landed this role, she consulted a voice professional to help her lose her nasal voice; she was hoping that a "normal" voice would help her find more acting work. While she was successful in reducing her nasal tone, she wasn't successful in landing more roles -- it was her nasal voice that set her apart from other actors. Drescher's case is unique, however, so unless producers are calling, try reducing the nasal tone in your speaking voice in a few different ways.

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Things you need

  • Tape recorder

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  1. 1

    Tape yourself talking in your nasal tone. Read a newspaper or say the alphabet aloud. Listen to the tape so you have a reference for how nasal your voice sounds.

  2. 2

    Breathe normally when you speak. Inhaling too much or too little air disrupts the flow of oxygen through your nose, which could induce the nasal tone. Pay attention to your breathing when you're not speaking and then try to mimic this breathing pattern when speaking.

  3. 3

    Stand up straight and keep your head back when you speak. Slouching doesn't allow the lungs to expand properly and tilting your head prevents air from getting into your windpipe.

  4. 4

    Relax when you speak. When you're excited or anxious your tone of voice naturally becomes higher pitched.

  5. 5

    Concentrate on speaking from your chest when talking. Over time, this conceptualisation will become a habit that you don't even think about and your voice will lower naturally.

  6. 6

    Visit your doctor if your efforts of reducing the nasal tone of your voice do not help. You could have a deformity or condition that physically prevents you from reducing the nasal tone. Ask your doctor if she can recommend an ear-nose-throat specialist who can correct the ailment.

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