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QW 092112 “Small progress”

I’m writing this QW piece while playing back this morning’s Skype lesson recorded. During the lesson, I realized that I was taking a fairly good control of my intonation and speech rate that I’ve been working on for a month, and the audio file that I’m listening gives me almost the same impression, which is nice.

One factor that was conducive to controlling the speech rate is, I guess, conversation fillers like “You know what I mean?” or “Do you know what I’m saying?”, which I recently imported from several second language speakers of English. Those inserted fixed phrases will give a speaker as well as a listener the time to reorganize what they’ve been talking, and allow time for the speaker to come up with what to say next.

In terms of intonation, there were a couple of times when I was tempted to have a rising intonation instead of a hanging intonation or falling intonation at the end of clauses. I realized what I was going to do, however, and hold it back. Come to think of it, what makes me want to have an unnatural rising intonation is that I’m not confident or sure of what I’m trying to say, and that rising intonations serves as a quasi-question as a way to hide my uncertainty.

If you’re working on brushing up on your speaking, with the focus of intonation and speech rate for instance, you might want to try inserting more conversation fillers and hold back rising intonations. It will make you sound much more natural.

(30 minutes / 256 words)

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