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.