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UK student extended her tongue to achieve pure Korean pronunciation

UK student extended her tongue to achieve pure Korean pronunciation

Monday October 17, 2011

Women go to any lengths to boost their good looks and self-esteem — some even undergo scores of plastic surgeries. But a young female student set up a “pragmatic” trend in cosmetic surgery.

The last 10 to 15 years have seen rapid growth in the popularity of plastic surgery — millions and millions among the representatives of the gentle sex around the globe go under the surgeon’s knife every year so that they could finally obtain the desired breast size or perfectly round and well-shaped butt.

In most cases, save for apparent deformities, women are guided by simple vanity. However, the 19-year-old citizen from Nottingham, UK, local university student, has become the first ever woman to have a plastic surgery for other reason than improving her looks.

Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones has been obsessed with Korean culture and history since childhood. Naturally, she started studying Korean language very early. Rhiannon dreams of finding work in South Korea once she finishes the university and to leave forever to her beloved country.

There was one single cloud in the girls life — having achieved perfect mastery of Korean language she nevertheless found it hard to pronounce certain sounds.

After discussing the issue with her parents and teachers, the girl took an unusual step — she had a surgery done in her mouth cavity. Doctors made an incision in the flap of skin under her tongue (called the lingual frenulum) which made Rhiannon’s tongue almost 1.5 cm longer.

The girl is now happy — her Korean teachers admit that she pronounces difficult sounds as perfectly as native Koreans born and brought up on the peninsula.

It must be noted that she had no problems with her English pronunciation before the surgery — her articulation was clear and distinct. Besides, she had the surgery done free of charge — a special medical board has resolved that Rhiannon’s case falls under NHS criteria largely financed out of the state budget.

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Tags: mouth cavity, pronunciation, NHS

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