A lot of people say that the upturn at the beginning and ends of the sentences reminds them of talking like a valley girl and I agree. So, here’s a monologue from a famous movie about a Valley Girl, called Clueless.
Our Valley Girl heroin is played by Alicia Silverstone. This is not the exact monologue…I’ve taken the liberty of adding a few “like” and other words that naturally induce an “up-turn”. But it’s pretty close!
First, go through the monologue doing upturns at the beginnings of your sentences, then go through it again, doing upturns at the ends. Do this several times in a row. Go crazy with it! Exaggerate and have fun. Don’t worry about what you sound like. This will help introduce the concept of feminine melodious speaking into your muscle memory, especially if you’re not used to talking this way. When you’re talking with other people, obviously you don’t have to speak like a Valley Girl, but it will be easier to be melodious and have a feminine lilt.
“So, ok, like right now, for example, the Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, ‘Oh My God! What about the strain on our resources?’ But it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday right? I totally said R.S.V.P. because it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came who did not R.S.V.P. So of course, I was like, totally bugging. I, like, had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings, but by the end of the day, it was like, the more the merrier!
“And so, if the government could like, just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians, you know? And in conclusion, may I please remind you that it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty?”
Okay, so like, practice a lot with other material, and don’t take it too seriously, ok?
Next week we’re onto some super specific things that should make your life a lot easier!
Until then, "see" you soon!