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Vocalized Pauses: Fillers

Vocalized pauses are breaks in verbal communications that interrupt your thoughts.  Vocalized pauses are identified as fillers such as: "ahh..., and..., uhh..., and umm..."  Too many of these fillers cause you to sound unknowledgeable, uninterested, and lacking confidence.  That said, little pauses are a part of spontaneous human speech.  We call them "comfortable little pillows" that are thrown around our speech pattern to avoid sounding robotic.  There are few global constants in language, but this is one of them.  You can find these "fillers" all over the world.

English ah, um, so, and, oh, like, you know, I mean
French euh
Serbian / Croatian ovay
Turkish mmmmm
Hebrew ehhh
Japanese eto, ano
Spanish este
Mandarin neige, jeige
Dutch / German uh, um, mmm
Swedish eh, ah, aah, m, mm, hmm, ooh, a, oh
Norwegian e, eh, m, hm

- Michael Erard
"Think Tank: Just Like, Er, Words, Not, Um, Throwaways,"

The following is a list of the five most frequently used vocalized pauses and how they are used in daily sentence structure in the English language.

I'm going to begin, uhh... Iím going to begin, uhh... with todayís agenda.  First Iíd like to begin, uhh... by saying that the issues are essential and important.  Iíd also like to begin, uhh... by saying I believe that we can improve efficiency and profit margins.
Thee, uhh... Thee, uhh... issues on thee, uhh... agenda are essential and important to thee, uhh... company and thee, uhh... personnel.  We can improve thee, uhh... morale and thee, uhh... efficiency and raise thee, uhh... profit margin.
I, uhh... I, uhh... believe the issues on the agenda are essential and important. I, uhh... am focusing on the company and its personnel. I, uhh... believe that we can improve morale and efficiency.  I, uhh... also want to raise profit margins.
and, uhh... The issues on todayís agenda are essential and, uhh... important to the company and, uhh... personnel.  We can improve our morale and, uhh... efficiency and, uhh... raise our profits, and uhh... it wonít take much effort.
Between Sentences The issues on the agenda are both essential and important ... ahh ...  I am referring to both the company and personnel ... uhh ...  I believe that we can improve both the morale and efficiency ... umm ...  Also, profits will rise.
   

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