Girl Has Tongue Extended to Speak Korean
I am embarrassed to say this, but I have never, ever, been able to roll my r’s. Try as I might, after taking a few Spanish classes, after living in Italy for five wonderful years, that semi-ululation of my little pink mouthpiece has escaped me. I would pay grandly to have someone sit with me and bring me to success, if only to r-r-r-r-r-resuscitate my r-r-r-r-relationship with the languages of Love.
I believe Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones would understand this feeling. Brooksbank-Jones has taken her love of a language to new lengths. Literally.
Brooksbank-Jones, 19, of the Beeston area of Nottingham, England loves the Korean language, but has had much difficulty forming the words properly. Her tongue is a bit shorter than average, and has a very thick lingual frenulum, which is that little flap of skin we all have that joins the tongue’s underside to the bottom of her mouth.
Rather than give up or simply accept her linguistic shortcomings, however, Brooksbank-Jones has gone under the knife. With the blessing of her mother Fiona, Rhiannon underwent a 15-minute procedure called a lingual frenectomy. Rhiannon’s tongue is now a full centimeter longer, and that pesky flap is no longer holding her back.
Brooksbank-Jones says she can now pronounce those hard to achieve Korean words and phrases, and is very happy. “The surgical procedure was my only option. My pronunciation was very ‘foreign,’ but now I can speak with a native Korean accent,” she said in an interview with the Telegraph.
Perhaps the next time I get a physical from my doctor, I can ask her to take a look at my lingual frenulum. So I can get the most out of Talk Like a Pirate Day.