What does the word ‘pacific’ mean?

I used the word ‘Pacific’ today – yes because I was talking about the Pacific Ocean, and I thought immediately that we really never use the word these days for anything else. Yet the word pacific has meaning! Here it is:


So are you a ‘pacific’ kind of person? Shall we see if we can use the word a little more often? 🙂

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


The Invention of Flight

Where is my pant-seat?

It’s fifty feet below –

I’m soaring high, and left it

down there in the snow.

Perhaps you think that

what I say is trite,

But I’m Clement Ader,

I think I just invented flight!

© Lis Goodwin 2016

We’ve all heard about the Wright brothers, but did you know others flew first? Look at Clement Ader’s flying machine from 1890!


Wowser. Here’s what MentalFloss has to say about him:

“French inventor Clement Ader distinguished himself as the first to develop stereo sound, among his many engineering innovations. He was the first to achieve self-propelled flight, with a batwing aircraft powered by a steam engine. His first flight was around 50 meters, on October 9, 1890, a full 13 years before the Wright Brothers! He then designed a better flying machine that reportedly flew 200 yards in 1892. A public demonstration in 1897 apparently ended badly, and Ader lost his Department of War funding.” (source)

So that was my inspiration from today’s challenge ‘Fifty‘ – I hope you enjoyed it!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Great quote – building strong children

I saw this and re-tweeted it this morning, but I wanted to share it here on the blog because I know not all of you follow me on Twitter.


This is so true – so powerful. What are you doing to make your children strong and capable? How are you building them up? Do you enable your children, and build them up, or do you compete with them and attack them? Have you ever told your child they’ll never amount to anything? Your words are so powerful! They have real force.

So many broken adults in the world have pasts where they were not given the tools to be strong, capable and successful in life. Whether this was a fault in their upbringing, or a fault in their schooling – somewhere someone mistreated their natural curiosity, their natural creativity, and crushed them.

I’ve spoken before about how I was bullied, and how a good voice can help bring out  confidence, and it can, but it’s only one part of the jigsaw. It also helps if parents and teachers give constructive criticism and praise and encourage good behaviour and ideas – this can help build adults who will really succeed in life.

Think today how you can inspire your children to be great people, strong and capable!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Why is confident communication so important?

I have been blessed to have gone through the process I now use with the youngsters I teach, to learn how to ‘talk proper’ – pardon my humour! 😉

I’ve written before about the knock on effect of this in stopping the bullying I had experienced every day throughout my schooling:

“Having endured many years of bullying, right from my earliest school years, I began to see a reduction and then a cessation of it. Looking back I can see nothing else which was different, except this change in my voice, which was subtle, but showed an inner confidence, which I had clearly lacked before.”

There is an indefinable something that I gained along with this ability to communicate clearly. There was a confidence which built beautifully and subtly as I learned, and which then acted as a foundation I could rely on.

There have been many opportunities and interactions during which my voice, and my confidence in communicating, have opened doors I might not have expected.

One such interaction was the day I wrote an email of complaint to a CEO of a large PLC. (You can do this too – ceoemail.com), and ten minutes later, to my surprise, my telephone rang, and I found that I was talking to the CEO herself.

It was apparent from our exchange that she was speaking to an equal. She took my complaint very seriously and promised to get the issues looked at and have someone else call me again. Whether I am her equal in achievement – no matter – she could hear from my voice just how equally matched we were (we actually sounded very alike!)

How would you have handled a call from a CEO? How would you have felt? Would your communication have let you down?

This isn’t some skill I have developed myself – I was taught. I learned this at an age when it became second nature to me. I now teach my pupils by the very same method today.

Perhaps your child might like to become the CEO – even more reason to build good communication skills now.

Get in touch today – grab the opportunity quickly while the special holiday discount is still available. It runs out on Monday!

Back to School – August special offer

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


The answer to yesterday’s tongue-twister conundrum

What did the writer mean?

Yesterday I wrote a post containing the Tuesday Tongue_Twister, and yet there was an issue! A question! Eeek!

“She sat upon a balcony, inimicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in.”

So what’s the problem here? Well, inimicably isn’t a word! *shrieks*

I know!

Calm down.

First of all, when I searched I got this:whoop.jpg

So what do the two most likely words (inimitably and inimical) actually mean, and do either of them fit the context of the tongue-twister?


Well, she can’t be mimicking him inimitably – that doesn’t work.


Uhm, well…. how about she’s mimicking him in a hostile way, and then ‘amicably welcoming him in.’ – well, frankly that doesn’t work much better, does it?

Ah, well, it just shows you that words are fascinating, and we often use them wrongly – get to know and love your dictionary, whether paper or online, because we all need to use them! In fact if you’re going to read anything challenging, you will certainly need to use one.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little sojourn into the dictionary to sort out whether maybe the writer meant this or maybe the writer meant that. If you have any ideas for re-writing the writers tongue-twister, please leave a well-written comment in the writing box below. Or something….

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Tuesday Tongue-Twister – and spot the error!

I found this and something went *ping* nope *whoop, whoop, whoop* sound the vocabulary alarm! Can you spot the error? I bet most of you can, so please leave a comment. If there’s any doubt by tomorrow I will post some interesting and curious options as to what it should say!

“She sat upon a balcony, inimicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in.”

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Back to School – August special offer

The school holidays had hardly begun before I, as a youngster, saw the signs declaring ‘Back to School’ in shops up and down the high street. It filled me with a deep, pit-of-the-stomach dread. I hated school, and all I wanted was to enjoy the summer holiday in peace!

The one thing I looked forward to, and enjoyed, was my speech training lessons – indeed those lessons are, today, my inspiration in working with youngsters who, like me, may not be having the easiest time academically.

Whether your child is clever or average – and the grades they get – well, it might seem important right now, but however far up the ladder of life you get what is going to count most is how you communicate. Success depends not just on what you know, but whether you are able to get those ideas across to other people – to express them well so others can connect with them and with you.

Good communication is a gift that lasts a lifetime. In fact, if you ask anyone who took computer science back in the 90’s and never took it up professionally – well even qualifications can go out of date, but communication never does. Communication is a vital well-spring of self-expression, understanding and, of course, even more importantly, exchange of information.

Being understood, being heard, and being able to express your thoughts, feelings and needs accurately and authentically is a vital part of everyday life.

If your child is aged between 9 and 15 years old, now is the time to start their journey in confident communication. Get in touch today to book their first term of online lessons. If you book and pay before the 15th August, you can claim a discount of 10% off their first term. T&C apply.

Don’t delay – I have only a few slots available, so book today! If you have questions, again get in touch.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach


Copyright Explained (if you have the patience to read it)!

© The Department of Redundancy Department Copyright Department Copyright, 1999

When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write. You can write good and copyright but copyright doesn’t mean copy good – it might not be right good copy, right?

Now, writers of religious services write rite, and thus have the right to copyright the rite they write.

Conservatives write right copy, and have the right to copyright the right copy they write. A right wing cleric might write right rite, and have the right to copyright the right rite he has the right to write. His editor has the job of making the right rite copy right before the copyright would be right. Then it might be copy good copyright.

Should Thom Wright decide to write, then Wright might write right rite, which Wright has a right to copyright. Copying that rite would copy Wright’s right rite, and thus violate copyright, so Wright would have the legal right to right the wrong. Right?

Legals write writs which is a right or not write writs right but all writs, copied or not, are writs that are copyright. Judges make writers write writs right.

Advertisers write copy which is copyright the copy writer’s company, not the right of the writer to copyright. But the copy written is copyrighted as written, right?

Wrongfully copying a right writ, a right rite or copy is not right.

Copyright 1991 Shelley Herman S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Whittier Chapter.
Adapted and Appended by Scott Simmerman. If you wish to copy or write
this as copy, please be certain to copy right the copyright — contributed to
Swenny’s E-Mail Funnies by Carter Olson, St. Paul, MN (source)

I’m sorry, but it is a rather amusing thing to read out!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

Homonyms by Lis Goodwin

Homonyms are words which sound the same, but have different spellings and mean different things.

Your test today is to find the meanings of the homonyms in these three sentences. Leave me your answers in the comments!

It was raining as the reigning Monarch took her time reining in her recalcitrant steed.

There was no basis for the boys to play basses while the baseball players hit their bases.

She could see from the caret, that the jewellery advert was misspelled, and that not only were the carats all wrong and the karats too few, but somehow carrots had also been added, giving more than the necessary golden glow.

I hope you enjoy these!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach


Giles the Mola mola – a poem by Lis Goodwin

mola mola.jpg

Mola mola, your name must be Giles,

but I bet you can’t say it, even less with a smile.

When you say your name, it must sound like Thilthes,

as you while away your days in the sea, Mola mola.

© Lis Goodwin, 2016 All Rights Reserved


Mola mola is the Latin name for this fish, known at the ocean Sunfish. There’s a great video and more information in the article linked below, and I quote:

“A video captured by divers off the coast of Portugal shows a rare up-close encounter with a massive Mola Mola, which dwarfs the humans that swim alongside as it moves slowly in for a selfie. 

For a fish that appears to have just half a body, Mola Mola can grow to enormous dimensions.

These unusually shaped creatures, also known as ocean sunfish, are the heaviest bony fish in the world, and can weigh nearly 5,000 pounds.”

You can read more at the Daily Mail (click!) Please note the link is for the Daily Mail which is a site which is best viewed with parental supervision.

Question – how many grams in a pound? Do you know?

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin, your voice coach