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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Who Needs to Be Clearly Understood? 1 The Importance of a Competent Speaking Voice 2 English as a First Language 3 How English Evolved Old English Middle English Modern English American English World English The Basis of Global English 4 The International Phonetic Alphabet Vowels Diphthongs Consonants Plosives Nasals Fricatives Semi-Vowels Glides Phonics in Speaking and Reading 5 Vocabulary 6 English as a Second Language Your Accent Similar Sounds Numbers Mastering English as a Second Language Help Is Available Quick Tips for Speakers of English as a Second Language 7 Your Vocal Instrument Voice Structure Posture Nasality, Pitch and Resonance Breathing Techniques Care of the Voice Become a Voice Critic Practice, Practice, Practice 8 Public Speaking When All Eyes Are Upon You! Your Appearance Body Language Gestures Your Voice Print Speaking Too Fast Speech Blemishes Effective Pauses Stage Fright Writing Your Speech Eye Contact Microphones 9 The Media Radio and Television Visuals Press Conferences The Question and Answer Period Quick Tips for Speaking in Public 10 Voice Recognition Your Voice Print and Voice Commands 11 Conclusion Some Memorable Voices Bibliography About the Author
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Public speaking, Voice culture, English language Pronunciation by foreign speakers, English language Spoken English, English language Pronunciation