Today’s tip is on the use of pauses in English speech.
Although written English has spaces between every word, spoken English doesn’t have pauses between each word, rather words are linked together.
However, people do not normally speak without pausing at all. We do pause in speech. While in written English, there are periods, commas, semicolons and question marks.
But we also pause in long sentences without punctuation marks. Let’s look at some examples.
My mother listens to the radio in the evening. This sentence can be said without pausing, because it isn’t very long. But if I were to pause, I would say, “My mother/ listens to the radio/ in the evening.” Why? Because pauses come between thought groups(在意群之间进行停顿)----groups of words that express one thought.(表示同一个意思的一组词)
For example, “in the evening” is a thought group. Let’s make the sentence longer.My mother listens to the radio in the evening, plays tennis in the afternoon, and cleans the house in the morning.Now it is necessary to pause because the sentence is very long. Pauses come between thought groups, and help the listeners organize the information they hear.
例如，“in the evening”就是一个意群。让我们把句子变得更长。 “我妈妈晚上听收音机，下午打网球，早上打扫房间。 ”现在就必须停顿，因为句子太长了。在意群之间停顿，能让听你讲话的人更好的处理所听的信息。
Listen to sentence again. My mother listens to the radio in the evening, plays tennis in the afternoon, and cleans the house in the morning. If you pause in the wrong places, listeners will have a harder time organizing the information. Listen to the sentence read again with improper pausing. My mother listens to the radio in/ the evening, plays tennis in /the afternoon, and cleans the/ house in the morning. Now the sentence is almost impossible to understand, so remember to pause between thought groups, to help your listeners easily organize what they hear.