Speed and Volume
A EXAMPLES (Read, Discuss and Practice)
Please speak a little more slowly.
Could you please speak slowly?
Would you mind not speaking quite so fast?
Slow down a little, will you?
How about slowing down a little, O.K.?
Please speak a little louder.
Could you please speak a little louder?
Would you mind speaking a little more loudly?
I'm sorry, I can't hear you.
*1 can't hear a word you're saying.
Speak up, will you.
B MODELS (Read, Discuss and Perform the following model dialogues)
1 A man is calling from a pay-telephone on a busy street.
- W: ... and she was arrested last night...
- M: What did you say? I can't hear you.
- W: I said, “she was arrested last night."
- M: I'm sorry, Mary. It's really noisy here. Can you please speak a little louder.
- W: I SAID, “BETTY WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT." CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
- M: Yeah, now I can hear you. What did you say? She was arrested???!!!
2 A foreign businessman is talking with an American colleague.
- AC: ... the model I showed you last night has all these money-saving features and more.. .
- FBM: Excuse me, Chris, but I'm having a hard time following what you're saying. How about speaking a little louder, and a little more slowly, too, if you don't mind.
- AC: I'm sorry. I sometimes forget that English is not your first language.
- How about we get out of the factory and go back to my office. I think we've seen everything here.
- FBM: Fine with me. I hope it's a little quieter there .. .
C SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES (Discuss and Perform)
How might you handle the following situations?
- You are talking with a friend about his family. You begin to think about something else, and you suddenly find that he's waiting for an answer to a question.
- You are in a new city, and you're asking a person for directions at a busy bus-stop. You're having a hard time understanding and hearing the person.
- You're talking with a friend long-distance on the telephone. The connection is bad.
- You're trying to talk with a friend who always talks a mile a minute. You want him to slow down.