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Chapter 32. Pronunciation > Perfecting Your Speech

Perfecting Your Speech

How you pronounce the words you choose to say can dramatically support— or undercut—the substance of what you're saying. Incorrect pronunciation or slurred enunciation reflects poorly on one's intelligence and ability. While this judgment may be unfair, it's reality: First impressions count. To make a favorable impression, try to perfect your speech.

Begin by carefully listening to the speech of others and comparing it with your own. What are the differences, especially between yourself and the people you most admire? Consult the dictionary when you hear differences to see whether you or the other person has made a mistake. This moment of truth will quickly improve your pronunciation and fhelp you enlarge your vocabulary. It is one of the finest steps toward cultivation of improved speech patterns.


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