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Age : 53
Location : Oskaloosa, Iowa

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PostSubject: Enunciation   Enunciation EmptyFri May 20, 2016 2:47 am

Let's talk: https://stephenbrayton.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/enunciation/
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Abe F. March
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Age : 80
Location : Germany

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PostSubject: Re: Enunciation   Enunciation EmptyFri May 20, 2016 11:00 am

Sib, interesting subject and web address.



Your topic, “Enunciation” is an important one.  I first became acutely aware of the importance when I worked abroad.  Even though people may have studied English, they could only understand it if it was pronounced clearly.  I trained myself to slow down and enunciate properly.  I only became aware of how my speech had changed when flying from the M.E. to London.  A stewardess asked me where I was from – what was my nationality.  I said:  “Can’t you tell?”  She said, “I’m guessing you are from the Netherlands.”  I said:  “I’m an American”.  She said, “No that can’t be.  Americans talk fast, especially the passengers we have from Texas and with their southern draw, it is difficult to understand.”
I felt good that I was not stereotyped and realized that my speech had changed.  It later became an asset when I studied another language.  Enunciation is critical with some languages if one is to be understood.   The one language that I tried and failed miserably was French.  My comprehension in reading French was about 85%, but my pronunciation was miserable.  I have some funny examples where my pronunciation of a word brought much laughter.
 
I was always impressed with the British.  They gave the impression that they were very intelligent in that they spoke clearly and enunciated well.  I too gave speeches and can appreciate the importance of speaking clearly with good enunciation of words.  I found that the slower I talked, the more people paid attention to what I was saying.
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PostSubject: Re: Enunciation   Enunciation EmptyFri May 20, 2016 5:16 pm

That's part of my problem. I have to slow down and make sure I'm understood.

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Registration date : 2008-12-29
Location : Florida

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PostSubject: Re: Enunciation   Enunciation EmptyFri May 20, 2016 7:12 pm

I was always an excellent presenter and speaker - but not perfect.  I went to Toastmasters and learned to enunciate even better, slow down, not present so many ideas but support each with an interesting example instead and not try to tell everything at once.  Toastmasters is a great organization.  To this day, when I have a mike in hand I become someone else, "the voice" as they called me in the Caribbean when I gave the local weather on VHF. So many politicians would do well to go to Toastmasters.  They think that shouting is the answer when enunciating, emphasizing and pregnant pauses are much more important. Thanks for your very timely topic.
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