Proper Enunciation is a key factor in developing proper communication skills, as it lends itself to others being able to clearly understand the speaker and their message. This is doubly important for any individual in the public eye, or even in personal and professional life. Clear enunciation is important for clear speech, of which is doubly important for success. Having clear speech skills will aid in job interviews, academics, verbal and even written communication, as well as presentations and in hobbies and personal life. Regular practice with tongue twisters can help.
Enunciation Helps Improve Speech
Proper enunciation means to have clear, open speech patterns, such as properly announcing words and syllables, opening one’s mouth when speaking (therefore not mumbling) and monitoring the speed of speaking. Another factor of enunciation is tone. A strong, confident, natural tone can help boost articulation. All of this is related to clear speech. Other factors include making eye contact, and having an audible, reasonable volume of the voice. Each of these factors play into strong enunciation, which in turn aids clear speech.
Proper enunciation and the skills related to proper speech, however, is related to practice, not natural ability. Standing in front of mirrors practicing a variety of drills and exercises is one method of increasing enunciation. Reading aloud books, poems and rhymes also help. One can tell when they are enunciating better is when they generate more spit flying out of the mouth, even though it is unseemly at first. With enough practice, the amount of spittle can be reduced or eliminated. While the use of these drills maybe awkward and frustrating at first, their long-term results are well worth the effort.
Tongue twisters are another proven method to aid the development and practice of better enunciation. Not only are they challenging to say, but also fun and silly. They add humor to otherwise dull and routine drills, and can add interest in not only completing the drills, but also looking forward to them. Because of their design, they exercise the use of difficult words, syllables, and sounds. Tongue twisters add challenge and variety, and there is a huge range of different tongue twisters that can correct problem areas of speech.
23 Terrifically tough and Tremendously Trying Tongue Twisters are a collection of such tongue twisters. Not only do they add to the drills required for proper enunciation, but also fun and humor for not only any one person, but also the whole family.
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