I am a non-native speaker of English (I'd rather not say what my native language is). I have noticed that my speech organs (tongue, lips, jaws and also the palate but I'm not so sure if it's the palate) get tired while speaking English for a while. It does not happen when I'm speaking my native language. I suspect it is because my speech organs are not acclimated to the movements they perform for articulating the sounds/ consonant clusters/ patterns of sounds of English.

Is it common for second language learner's speech organs to get tired while speaking the second language? How often does it happen cross-linguistically

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    In my own personal experience, yes, perfectly common, until you get used to it. I tend to get it when speaking a language with lots of /r/’s, like Icelandic or Spanish. I have no trouble producing /r/, but it does strain my tongue more than it would if it were a native phoneme to me. Apr 4, 2021 at 8:32
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    An effect contributing to the fatigue is surely over-articulation in the foreign language. Native speakers tend to be lazy in their articulation (and know exactly when to do so). Apr 4, 2021 at 13:09
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    As with any novel use of muscles, there is a period of tiredness from unaccustomed use. But it passes. In time you'll get to be just as sloppy as native speakers and it will be a relief.
    – jlawler
    Apr 6, 2021 at 17:30


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