For a non-native English speaker, having a conversation with native speakers can be overwhelming sometimes. But, of course, before you get to that stage, you must have attended basic English learning classes. Therefore, you would have probably learned all that is needed to have a decent conversation in English.

But is learning the basics of the English language alone enough to take part in actual conversation? For individuals from countries where English is spoken only as a second language(ESL), learning the rudiments of English is not enough.

The next most important thing to master after learning the basics is composure during a conversation. Unfortunately, many non-native English speakers still appear like they don’t understand the English language, not just because they don’t, but simply because they are not well composed when conversing in English.

Knowing English grammar is one thing, but learning how to slow down your speech with your level of proficiency is gold. When you are still learning, you must always note not to rush through your words to impress your audience or out of anxiousness. When you do this, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage and likely drawing your level of learning back.

For a person still learning from ESL classes, you must learn to be slower when speaking, not just for your own sake but also for the sake of the people listening. So it would be best if they don’t find understanding your points too tedious of a task. For this reason, we have brought to you ten reasons why you should slow down when speaking English.

10 Reasons Why English Learners should Slow Down when Speaking

1. You Have to Breathe:

When you speak too fast, you’ll quickly run out of breaths. It can be pretty embarrassing when you have to start struggling to catch your breath like someone in a marathon while in front of an audience. What you need is to give yourself a chance to breathe in between words. Please do not rush the talks; stay calm, and give the lungs a chance to do their job while you speak.

2. You Appear Knowledgeable:

If you can compose yourself to appear relaxed throughout your speech, your audience will view you as a knowledgeable person. It doesn’t matter much if you only have a little understanding of the subject discussed. Your composure goes a long way in determining how your audience views you.

3. You don’t get to repeat yourself:

When you speak slowly, you will hardly get called to repeat yourself. Jumbling through words will only create a confused audience, and when your audience gets disconnected, you will likely get asked to repeat what you had previously said over and over again. To avoid this, you have to let your words be clear and well pronounced.

4. You are in Control:

In any presentation, the presenter must control the ambiance of the environment. As individuals coming from a region where English is learned only as a second language, one good way you won’t find it difficult to control the audience’s thought while presenting is to be in a relaxed position yourself.

When you rush through words, you will quickly lose your audience’s attention. You don’t want to put your audience’s in a position where they have to struggle to catch up with what you are saying. Instead, you want to put them in a trance-like mood, where they flow in the same frequency with you and are eagerly waiting for the following words you are about to utter.

5. Your Words are Well-paced:

Speaking too fast may end up jumbling your words together, hence making your statements less coherent.

You have to remain calm whenever you speak to maintain a proper flow of words and attain calm. To achieve this, you have to learn how not to talk too fast.

6. Lets Your Feelings flow with the Words:

The only way to allow your feelings to flow with words leaving your mouth is by allowing your mind to process the right emotions for each word. In conversations, you want your audience to listen to what you say and attach feelings to it. You want the words to go with their emotions. Speaking too fast most times will deny your words from having such effect on your audience as you would not be giving yourself time to attach the proper emphasis to the words you utter

7. Give Power to your Words:

When you slow down your speaking, you tend to use fewer words than you would have used when you speak faster. And when your words are rarer, they get more power as the audience won’t have trouble remembering them.

8. You are less Likely to get Distracted by Random Thoughts:

One major factor every great speaker takes particular note of is a distraction while speaking. This is because the human mind constantly processes information, either from already saved data or new data coming from the outside. Hence, it is always advisable that people giving speeches should give the brain time to process statements before saying them out. This is especially important for people still learning English speaking; you want to pause a second or two, first process what you will say next before going out of context, or worst saying something annoying.

9. Your words will be Correctly Pronounced:

Speaking too fast as a learner will most likely put you at the risk of mispronouncing words or mixing them up. While this may seem far-fetched, it is pretty common among English learners to mispronounce words they already know how to pronounce when they speak too fast correctly.

10. Confidence is Everything:

One of the most important traits you want to be known for is confidence. Whether it is in a conversation with colleagues or potential clients, you don’t want to come off as scared or unsure of yourself.

Rushing through conversation creates an impression of someone scared of themselves in the mind of your audience. Therefore, it is always advised that you allow yourself to access your audience and environment as you speak. Give yourself the chance to watch how your words affect them, and make changes in your tone as the mood of your audience changes too.

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