Do you need to see a doctor to speak better English? A small group of people in Korea
think so. These people believe that Korean children have naturally shorter tongues than Americans, and this stops them from correctly pronouncing English sounds. These parents are so worried that their children won’t speak correct English that they bring them to the doctor to get an operation on their tongue. These operations are called frenectomies
. During frenectomies
, the doctors cut the tissue under the tongue. This is supposed to make the tongue more flexible and more able to pronounce English sounds.