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Difficulty in speaking clearly
April 1, 2001
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most of the times when i speak, i dont speak clearly. sometimes people dont understand what i said, and then i repeat it. i just feel my hesitation in speaking comes from the fact that i dont speak clearly and articulately. even if the words are clear, there is no direct good conenction between my mind and my tongue .. know what i mean?
theres a roadblock and my speech is jumbled and confused. what do i do? speech therapy?
speaking in english is more problem than my native tongue.

April 1, 2001
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Well, if English is not your primary language, I could see where you could have a problem. And I think it's very admirable of you wanting to improve upon it. Depending on how long you've been speaking English, it's pretty common don't you think? Many people have a problem connecting mind to tongue when searching for the correct word in a language which is foreign to them.

So, I think a speech therapist may be a starting point. It's not a speech impediment is it? You are okay in your native language, people understand you okay? Get an opinion from a speech therapist, if it's nothing, then how about a speech class? That would also help in your self confidence. Maybe an evening language class? Try reading aloud to yourself and carefully enunciating, try reciting poetry aloud to yourself to get a rhythm going. Might help.

Good luck!

April 2, 2001
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Sometimes I mumble or talk really fast because I don't think I have anything to say that anyone would want to hear.

I wish I spoke/wrote a second language as well as you! Your *fingers* and your mind seem to communicate just fine.

April 2, 2001
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I have this problem as well, accept I do not speak a second language. My problem is I have a slight lisp. not EVERYONE ask me about it but they do very often ask me to repeat myself. When i was in junior high i got made fun of a few times and it still bothers me now.. Even if i have gotten more used to it. It has left me being a very shy and quiet person.. i pretty much only talk when it's really neccesary. It may sound silly but a avoid sayung certain words altogether so that I won't sound weird. It's hard... but is there really anything that can be done?

April 3, 2001
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So long as people understands you, don't take it too hard šŸ™‚

April 3, 2001
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thanks all for ur helpss. speech therapist might be a good idea.

April 3, 2001
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marysmith, u reminded me, sometimes my mom also made fun of me when i talked. she'd mimick me badly and say i have a broken mouth.

i guess gaining self-confidence would help ..
u could record your voice when alone and see how it sounds. i bet u'll discover that you speak just fine .. its just the fear of speaking in front of others that spoils it.
so if u can get rid of the fear, it will help a lot.

April 3, 2001
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A continuing education Speech class should help the self-confidence.

People who make fun of other people should be shot. Well, okay, maybe that's a bit harsh. Usually they are pretty low in the self-confidence area themselves, it makes them feel superior to tear you down.

Practice, practice, practice.....good luck.

April 9, 2001
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I learned to speak loud and clearly when I was younger and talked a lot whith my grandparents who were a little bit deaf. So maybe you should find some older people (that you want to talk to, that is) and start "shouting". šŸ™‚

And I took a speech course some months ago. The trainer went on about how considerate and helpful she is (compared to others, who only point out the mistakes one makes) and still it was pretty scary, but it was scary for all the participants so that was ok.

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