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QW 051012 “Why So Urgent?”

Hours of scrutinizing my recorded speech is never more painful than you might imagine. For the past few days, I’ve kept listening to the audio files recorded during online English lessons with my beloved metallic-black iPod nano. Every time I listen, I’d find something new to be corrected or improved regarding my speech including pronunciation, vocabulary use, discourse management, and everything. Among a number of areas for further refinement, I-Kickoffs and Laugh-Fillers have got me completely sick and tired. Let me expound on these two problems. Well, it seems official that I’m the only one on this rapid train who’s hitting keyboards frantically to write about her yet-to-be-improved English speaking ability.

“I-Kickoffs” refer to, as some of you might imagine, the tendency to start one own speech with “I”. (Reminder: It’s not a technical term or anything. I’ve just coined the word for myself. Just in case) Constant use of “I-Kickoffs” makes me sound a beginning level learner, literally. Also, when thinking of what to say next, I-Kickoffs emerges like “I, I…” instead of saying “well…”or “uhh…”. What can I do instead?

Option 1: Use alternatives
I might as well say “well”, “uhh…” while trying to come up with an initial word except “I” to express what I’d want to say at the moment.
Option 2: Bear the silence
Honestly I think I kind of hate, or even am afraid of, the silence after I finish speaking. Listening to my recorded speech over and over enlightened me, once again, that I sometimes sound urgent, especially when ideas and thought keep coming up to my mind. At such moments, I can take it slow or even slower than when I have hard time coming up with what to say next.

“Laugh-Fillers” refer to the excessive amount of attempts to fill the silence with laughter. This habit of mine appears even when speaking Japanese. I gave serious thoughts to this problem while listening to me speaking English in several audio files, and reached one conclusion. Again, I might be afraid of the silence after I finish speaking and cannot just wait for my speaking partner to start talking. Or I may have a problem in facing reactions of a speaking partner to what I’ve just said. Instead of waiting for a partner to say something, I’d try to fill the silence by all means. It’s NOT a dialogue. It’s just a presentation of monologue, isn’t it? Well, what I need here is to shut up for “two seconds” after delivering the last word in my turn. Once again, urgency seems to be a keyword to approach my problems. But… for what am I so urgent all the way?

(50 minutes / 446 words)

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