Why can't you breathe while speaking?

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Breathe to speak

Submitted by Dorian Aust on

An essential part of speaking, whether on the radio, television or with friends, is always breathing.

However, due to the purely auditory character of the radio, breathing can become more important here. The crucial point here is: A good breathing technique supports speaking, but does not attract attention. Conversely, a bad breathing technique is immediately noticeable unpleasant.

A distinction must be made between chest and abdominal breathing. Whoever is told to take a deep breath usually lifts the chest and pulls in the stomach. However, this actually has the consequence that the organs lying under the lungs find their way upwards and thus reduce the lung volume. This is chest breathing. In the case of abdominal breathing, which is sought for speaking on the radio and also by actors on stage, the opposite is attempted. The diaphragm is responsible for pushing the organs forward, i.e. into a distended belly, and thus giving the lungs the space it needs to breathe deeply. Incidentally, abdominal breathing works automatically when you are lying down, i.e. in bed in the evening. This actually natural, but less aesthetic breathing due to a thicker belly has to be actively trained or concentrated on doing it. This is simplified, for example, by placing a hand on your stomach while speaking and checking whether something is happening here.

Breathing when speaking also rises and falls with the volume of the lungs, because if you have more air in your lungs, you can speak longer without having to breathe. The lung volume can be compared well with the following exercise, but it can also be trained:

Exhale (empty the lungs) à breathe in on "H" (breathe in into the stomach) à breathe out with a "what" and hold the "S" evenly for as long as possible (really until there is no more air in the lungs)

So if you have a lot and above all the right space for his / her air, you still have to manage to breathe in the right place. For this it is helpful to deal intensively with the texts to be read and to consider where there are breaks, which can usually be best used. Since many people feel that something is spoken too quickly, the pace can also be reduced by actively taking pauses for breathing. It is important not to be afraid of audible breathing. Breathing is allowed to be heard, it is something completely natural - it should only take place in the right place. The best way to find out when to take a break from breathing is to be fully immersed in the text. Before new sentences, senses, punchlines or the like begin, there are great breathing opportunities.