Pronunciation is key in any ongoing verbal communication. However, it can be really surprising to know that not everyone knows how to practice the gift of gab; for instance, eighty per cent of people in the UK have been found out to mispronounce words on a daily basis. Whilst not as emergent as, say, ebola, there is no question that knowing how to pronounce words correctly and clearlyis as important to daily living as anything we observe in the modern world.
So, with that said, what are the best ways on how you can pronounce words correctly, then? Well, here are a few tips you can use for your purpose:
Relax when speaking
Ever got the panicky feeling of getting asked to speak right at the get-go even if you have not “prepared” yourself to do so? Well, just like in anything you do in life itself, you are more likely to mispronounce words when you are feeling the “pressure” to speak.
And really, this realization has been the basis for many speech therapy sessions ever since the dawn of the “modern” era. When you get pressured with the need to communicate verbally, then there is a high risk that you will only end up flubbing some of the words you mean to say in the first place, which then means that you won’t be able to deliver your message across.
So, if possible, if you are looking to speak more clearly, then the best way for you to do so is to take a breath, think about what you have to say, then proceed to talk from that point forward.
Control the pacing of your speaking
Along with the “pressure” of getting to talk, you also have to realize that the pacing of your talks get affected even without you realizing it. To be fair, we’re not referring to you talking very fast, too; even with a well-intentioned “slowing” down of your speaking, it has the capacity to backfire on you if you go to that well all too often.
So, with that said, do know that you still have full control on how you will be able to speak. There is no right and wrong way on knowing how you can “pace” your talking, but do make sure that you are getting the intent of your message across. As with all things, subtext matters just as much as text, in this regard.
Have an “affect” to your voice
Nothing kills a message more than having to hear it straight from an unenthusiastic speaker. Really, whilst you may think that you are not committing this sin of becoming a “lifeless” talker, it may have to do with the fact that you don’t even realise that you’re committing it in the first place.
So, how can you be able to remedy that, then? Well, you can do so by becoming more confident in opening your mouth to speak, in the first place. Not only that, but you also have to really make an effort to make sure that your tongue and jaw are really moving in sync with the way you pronounce your words.
So, whether you are looking to practice these tips above in private talks or even when you are trying to learn speaking “American”, then know that these tips can make you knowing how to pronounce words correctly and clearly. Hope you find good use for these!