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Raj Parekh
2nd Sem
Mechanical
Communication Skills
Pronunciation
Voice Modulation
Pauses
Paralinguistics : “with language”,
“accompanying speech”= how you are
saying it.
1. a bridge between nonlinguistic and
“ve...
 Pronunciation means to speak out sounds which are
generally accepted.
 In India we follow the “British Received Pronunc...
 The reason why pronunciation is important because
whenever we communicate we communicate
through speech.
 It strikes th...
 Modulation refers to the way we regulate, vary, or adjust the tone, pitch, and
volume of the sound or speaking voice.
 ...
 Pace or Speech speed: It must always be at a speed
that the listener can understand. Put the
pace at that speed where th...
 Volume: Try and match your listener’s speech
volume, unless they are shouting. Try dropping
your volume so that they hav...
 A pause is a short silence flanked by words.
 A pause in speaking lets thelistener reflecton the message and digest
it ...
1. Pauses help your audience understand you . Pauses allow you
to punctuate your spoken words, giving your listeners clues...
4. Pauses replace filler words.
 Excessive use of filler words (um, er, ah) undermines your
credibility, and signals lack...
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  1. 1. Raj Parekh 2nd Sem Mechanical Communication Skills Pronunciation Voice Modulation Pauses
  2. 2. Paralinguistics : “with language”, “accompanying speech”= how you are saying it. 1. a bridge between nonlinguistic and “verbal” linguistics (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) It consists of: 1.Volume 5.Articulation 2.Quality 6.Pronunciation
  3. 3.  Pronunciation means to speak out sounds which are generally accepted.  In India we follow the “British Received Pronunciation”.  One should be careful enough to pronounce individual sounds along with word stress.  One should not be taken into fancy that he/she know the correct pronunciation.  Below are some words that are commonly mispronounced with their correct pronunciation. Word Common Error Correct Pronunciation Arctic Ar-tic Arctic Gesture Ges-ture Jesture 3 tier 3 tyre 3 tear Gigantic Jai-jan-tik Jai-gan-tik
  4. 4.  The reason why pronunciation is important because whenever we communicate we communicate through speech.  It strikes the listener directly in the face (the ears, to be more precise). How good your pronunciation is in general can be judged very quickly and an opinion is formed automatically by anyone who hears you.
  5. 5.  Modulation refers to the way we regulate, vary, or adjust the tone, pitch, and volume of the sound or speaking voice.  Modulation of voice brings flexibility and vitality to your voice, and you can express emotions, sentiments like impatience, careful planning, despondency, suspicion, etc. in the best possible way.  If you do not pay special attention to the modulation of your voice, then your voice becomes flat and you emerge as a languid speaker with no command over your voice.  Word stress also plays a role like in the example below: Example: This company produces 50 cars everyday.  You can stress on this company or 50 cars.  The word stressed changes the emphasis of the statement.
  6. 6.  Pace or Speech speed: It must always be at a speed that the listener can understand. Put the pace at that speed where the listener can understand you properly.  Pitch or Depth of voice: Keep it at a level that is comfortable for you and don’t strain your vocal cords.  Pause: Pauses should be given at required intervals like where there is punctuation. It is given to let the listener absorb your information. It is given for emphasis and
  7. 7.  Volume: Try and match your listener’s speech volume, unless they are shouting. Try dropping your volume so that they have to drop their volume to hear you. Maintain your volume according to the listener decrease or increase (do not shout to increase it be loud).  Emphasis: Put emphasis by putting some pressure or focus on the key words or syllables in order to provide contrast to your words bring out their desired meaning.  Inflection: Inflection means ups and downs of words. In combination inflection links meaning
  8. 8.  A pause is a short silence flanked by words.  A pause in speaking lets thelistener reflecton the message and digest it accordingly.  It helps you glide fromone thought to anotherone.  It embellishes your speechbecause it is a natural process to give a break.
  9. 9. 1. Pauses help your audience understand you . Pauses allow you to punctuate your spoken words, giving your listeners clues as to when one phrase, one sentence, or one paragraph ends, and the next begins. By subdividing speech into smaller segments, pauses probably contribute a great deal to the improvements of speech comprehension. The key takeaway is that your audience doesn’t have the benefit of punctuation, bolding, italics, bullets, and other formatting as in written material. You’ve got to provide that, and pauses are a central way to do it.
  10. 10. 4. Pauses replace filler words.  Excessive use of filler words (um, er, ah) undermines your credibility, and signals lack of knowledge, lack of preparation, or lack of authenticity. Using pauses is one of the best ways to do so. 5. Pauses let your mind “catch up” to your mouth.  A speaker performs two tasks simultaneously:  The first task is internal, and involves thinking what to say (and what to do) next.  The second task is external, and involves vocally projecting those words, using body language, and other interactions with an audience.  Ideally, the internal tasks build up a queue of words and actions for a speaker to deliver, always having words ready when needed. Pausing gives the advantage to the internal task, and helps your mind “catch up” to your mouth.

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