Pittsburghese involves the facial muscles as well as the vocal cords.
(Actually, it involves relaxing the mouth muscles so you canít "over-articulate"!)
Anyway, to prepare your mouth for the pleasure of speaking Pittsburghese, start with these warm-up exercises
Finished? Great! Now you're ready to study the Pittsburghese Glossary!
Exercise 1: "Relaxed and Ready"
- Slowly massage both sides of your mouth.
- As you massage, repeat the word "out" several times.
- As your mouth muscles begin to relax, it should become difficult to make the "ou" sound. This is good.
- Continue until you are so relaxed that you can only pronounce "out" as "aht".
Youíre now ready for the next exercise.
Exercise 2: "Dat's it!"
- Produce the sound "th" several times.
- As you make the sound, push your tongue between your teeth and bite down hard.
- When your tongue is very sore, stop. (The pain will remind you to always replace "th" sounds with "d", as in "Da car is over dere.")