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Post  Smiling Gurl on Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:45 am


If you have spoken English all your life,
there is still the possibility that you may not be speaking
with the right accent.
That is because
the mother tongue has a strong mastery
over any learnt language.
And
trouble can arise understanding what you say - especially on the phone.


Here are some things that
could pep up your talk.

1.
Speak slowly!
This action alone will eliminate many miscommunications.


2.
Watch out
when you say words that begin with a
'w'
or
a sound the letter 'w' makes,
such as, the word 'one'.
If you pucker your lips like a fish,
and your lips don't touch any of your teeth,
the correct 'w' sound will come out.
Practice the basic words
you say on a continual basis -
what, where, when, why, which, etc.



3.
When you say words that being with
'v'
make sure that you are making the right sound
by putting your upper teeth on your lower lip
and then saying the words
-vintage, village, voice, VC, and so on.



4.
Don't speak
through your teeth -
open your mouth so that sounds can come out clearly.



5.
Put your tongue between your teeth
when you say a word with a
'th'
in it - the sound
'd' for 'th'
doesn't sound educated.
For example, say
'then' instead of 'den'
or
'though' instead of 'dough' .



6.
The long vowels
in English take longer to say than the short ones -
i.e.,
there is a distinct difference between
'bet' and 'beat'.
Therefore, if you hold that word with the long
vowel for just another moment when you say it,
'take' not 'tek' -
people can figure out to which word you are referring.



7.
Don't swallow words
that don't carry the main meaning in a sentence.
For example,
all words should be enunciated clearly in
"this is a great opportunity, "
including the (main) word
'opportunity',
which has five syllables.



8.
Take care
with the short
'o'
sound, so it is a
'caller' not a 'colour'.



9.
Learn which parts of a word take the stress and
which ones don't
-profile, percentage, permanent, additional, etc.
Usually,
if the word is a noun,
the beginning letters will be stressed.
If it is a verb,
the stress is on the end syllable.
Examples: the record - to record, the project - to project..



10.
Avoid using the words
'basically' and 'so'
all the time.
These are nice fillers and give you time to think,
but
it's just as bad
as if you were starting every sentence with
'eh' or 'um'.
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