British Student Undergoes Tongue Surgery To Help Her Speak Korean
Aug 15, 2011 12:09
Rhiannon Brooksbank–Jones reportedly underwent surgery to lengthen her tongue's reach to improve her pronouncation on certain Korean words.
The 19-year-old and future Korean Studies major says she struggled with particular sounds because of her thicker-than-average lingual frenulum (the flappy tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth). "My pronunciation was very 'foreign'," she says, "but now I can speak with a native Korean accent."
The surgery is known as a lingual frenectomy, a short procedure that extends the tongue by about half-an-inch. You can watch the process below (Warning: it's not for the squeamish!)
Ever since blogging started out back in the late 1990s, when the Internet was slowly, but steadily growing with the help of dial-up connections, it was a special world for early web aficionados. Blogging was, and still is, something everyone with an Internet connection can do. Read more
Now that the weather is perfect outside and the temperatures have settled down for a nice, long summer, it’s important to put the planet first and start being more eco-friendly. Summer is a great time to get back into the habit of prioritizing the planet. The nicer weather also provides more opportunities to get involved and help make more of an impact in your area’s commitment to the environment. Here are 10 things you can do this summer to help the planet. Read more