Yangyang Ding designs metal tools to help Mandarin speakers pronounce English sounds



Rhode Island School of Design graduate student Yangyang Ding has created a series of metal instruments to help Mandarin speakers pronounce difficult English sounds.

The 12 pronunciation tools, some of which are adapted from dental instruments, wrap around the jawline, press down the tongue or curl lips in various ways depending on the intended phonetic sound.

“This set of tools is designed to dissolve the difference between Chinese and English pronunciation,” the industrial design student said.

“The tools focus on dealing with the relationship between lips, tongue and the front side of the upper and lower jaws.”

Each tool corresponds to a specific English phoneme, or unit of sound. When worn, it automatically correct the speaker’s mistake.

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