Mumbling is when:
- You do not open your mouth when you speak
- May breathe shallowly and quickly
- Jaw doesn't open wide enough for the sounds to come out
- Sounds come out between the teeth and are distorted
- Speech Volume is low
- Words get pushed together
- Listeners cannot hear the speaker/unable to distinguish words
- Repeating of sounds/words
- Adding extra words
- Opening the mouth is not a problem
- May breath deeply, but breathe or stop too often, repeatedly or at wrong times
- Sounds come out, but sometimes repeat of sounds, additional sounds, words, etc.
- Sounds are not distorted by not opening the jaw, mouth or teeth being in the way
- Sounds are distorted due to sustaining sounds or repeating or adding sounds
- Speech volume is typically loud enough for others to hear
- Words may not be pushed together, but said further apart, repeated, sounds added
- Listeners can hear the speaker, but are not able to get a fluent understanding of what is being said due to repeated sounds/words/phrases, etc.
Ways to overcome mumbling are discussed in this video.
Jennifer Kumar helps Indians learn to speak with more clarity and confidence in the appropriate cultural context with American colleagues and clients.
What is Stuttering? Do I stutter?
Breathing deeply is one way to prevent mumbling
Opening the jaw wide enough is another way to overcome mumbling
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