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Chapter 28. Smashing the Sound Barrier > Read My Lips: Voice - Pg. 234

Smashing the Sound Barrier 234 · Omitted letters.Many careless speakers leave out letters, such as the "t" sound in "lists." This makes it harder for listeners to understand what you're saying. Go over these words slowly and carefully. · Added letters.Some speakers add letters to words, such as adding a "t" to "across," which ends up sounding like "acrost." Adding letters can be a regional habit. Think about the language pat- terns where you live. Do many people add extra letters to words? If so, take the time to comb your speech for errors. Rate of Speech How fast do you speak? Find out by timing yourself. Mark the beginning of a passage and read aloud for 1 minute. Then stop and count the number of words you said. Or, tape-record yourself speaking at a normal rate for 1 minute. Then play back the tape and count the number of words. You should be speaking at about 150 words per minute. However, this rate is not uniform. In normal speech, the rate corresponds to the thought the speaker is transmitting. Speakers in command of their material vary the rate of their delivery to reflect the content of their speech. These speakers present main ideas and difficult points at a slower pace than when they summarize an argument or tell a joke. Follow these basic rules: Idea Complex Serious Humorous Exciting Rate of Speech Slower Slower Faster Faster