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QW 022212 “Speech Self-Assessment Feb. 2012”

According to the record, I’ve so far taken 38 Skype English lessons since December 26th. The initial problems that I had regarding my speech were unnecessary Maybes, illogical Buts, and Empty laughs. The next issue was perceived urgency in my speech. Based on the self-assessment of my recorded speech in the last five or six lessons, the initial three problems have pretty much been under control. “Maybes” rarely pop out of my mouth. “Buts” still keep coming, yet much less often. Empty laughs… well, it’s a little hard to get rid of them totally. I’ll keep trying not to laugh just to “fill in the blank” because it makes me sound like an unbashful middle-aged woman! Urgency in my speech has changed its form, I noticed. When reading an article aloud, my speech is in at a moderate, means good, rate. I can honestly say that. When I’m trying to say something I really want to say, however, I tend to speak fast and my Japanese accent starts to surface in pronunciation. Some might say there’s nothing wrong with the Japanese accent in English speech if it’s your first language and you should be proud of that. Well, I agree it’s a legitimate argument, but I just don’t want to sound like a Japanese when speaking English. The emergence of the Japanese accent can be explained by a hypothesis that when my teeny-tiny brain works faster than my mouth does, my mouth and tongue cannot catch up with the speed with which I want to speak, or my working memory has no more capacity to pay attention to pronunciation when I’m being absorbed in the effort to organize my opinion. Either of the possibilities above means that I haven’t automatized the process to pronounce words or chunks in the way they are supposed to sound. A new issue to be tackled is to get rid of my Japanese accent as much as possible when my thoughts are gushing out of my mouth.

(40 minutes / 331 words)

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