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September 4, 2013

Do I Stutter or Mumble?

In the previous post, I discussed about stuttering. Some may be new to this term, thinking mumbling and stuttering are the same. Mumbling is different than stuttering.  

Mumbling is when:  
  • Repeating of sounds/words
  • Adding extra words
  • Opening the mouth is not a problem
  • May breathe 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.
Yes, mumblers can stutter, and stutters can mumble. I think for you, you do not mumble. After looking at the checklists above, you can make the determination for yourself as well.

Ways to overcome mumbling and stuttering are discussed in these videos.
These video are not produced by Authentic Journeys

In this video, Arpit Gupta, a person who is working on overcoming his own stuttering is sharing a tip. I agree with his tip and have actually suggested this tip to stutters and non-stutters alike to improve voice clarity and pacing.

Tips from young people [In India] who stammer or stutter.

Jennifer Kumar helps Indians learn to speak with more clarity and confidence in the appropriate cultural context with American colleagues and clients. 

Related Posts:
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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