How to Speak Like Donald Duck: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Speak Like Donald Duck: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Speak Like Donald Duck: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

Speaking like Donald Duck can be a great trick to impress friends and make kids laugh. The Donald Duck character is over 80 years old and people of all ages around the world recognize his voice immediately. The key to being able to do a good Donald Duck imitation is to use some striking phrases from the character. Anyone can do this: just practice a lot to master the technique.


Method 1 of 2: Get Donald Duck Voice

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Step 1. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth

Open your teeth a little. Position your tongue so that the top of the tongue lightly touches the roof of your mouth.

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Step 2. Move your tongue slightly left or right

Choose the direction that is most comfortable for you. Place the side of the tongue a little even inside the space between the upper and lower teeth.

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Step 3. Press the tongue

Push your tongue against the inside of your teeth on the side of your mouth. Press enough so that your tongue is touching your teeth, but not so much that you can't pass air between the two.

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Step 4. Vibrate your tongue

Blow and direct the air towards the cheek where the tongue is. Use your cheek to push air into the gap between your teeth and tongue. When you force the air through the gap just right, you'll hear a high-pitched, hoarse sound.

  • Try pushing air to different places between your tongue and teeth until you find a good spot. It can be difficult at first to keep the sound, but keep trying. Making that voice requires strengthening the muscles in your mouth that you don't use to speak.
  • Be patient. The actor who does the voice of Donald Duck these days needed a whole year of training to get the voice perfect.
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Step 5. Form the words as you would your own voice

Much of the work of changing your voice should be done with your mouth, not your vocal cords. If you have a sore throat, take a break. Speaking like Donald Duck, especially trying to give a long speech in that voice, takes a lot of air and can make you feel dizzy. Even Donald Duck voice actor needs to stop after giving a long speech: so don't go overboard.

  • To make Donald angry, make his voice normal while shaking your head so that the bumping of your cheeks makes the sound vibrate.
  • Some lyrics are easier to speak than others. For example, when Donald Duck says the word "caring", it ends up sounding like "cart". Changes in the pronunciation of some lyrics will be a natural limitation of using this voice.

Method 2 of 2: Use Donald Duck's signature phrases

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Step 1. Use common Donald Duck expressions

"Oh, I know!" is one of the most used expressions by the character and can be heard in most of his dialogues. It can be placed at the beginning of most sentences and can express various emotions.

Use one of the words Donald Duck most likes to speak, such as "Daisy" and "Damn!" and repeat several times. He also likes to ask "What's the plan?"

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Step 2. Get a tantrum

Donald Duck is famous for his angry temper and who gets angry about anything. Practice his noises when getting nervous. Try to make angry "quack quack" noises while playing Donald Duck voice.

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Step 3. Change your voice as the character does

Donald Duck speaks in a very animated way. Watch some videos of him speaking and pay attention to the tone of his voice. When he is agitated, he tends to speak in a much higher and faster voice; when he is sad, his voice becomes deeper and he speaks more slowly.


  • Some words are harder to say than others. Try a few, like "Hi" and "What?".
  • Don't use your voice. Note that when people do this, they get the same voice, whether male or female, and it's because they're not using their real voice.
  • Play with the placement of the mouth, tongue and lips.
  • Train, train and train! Anyone can do this: just learn.


  • You may feel dizzy while practicing (if this happens, take a break).
  • You may also get a sore throat, so take it slow!

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