I won a tongue-twister competition in school because my dad said, “Say it slowly”. – Shreya Pattar

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I won a tongue-twister competition in school because my dad said, “Say it slowly”.

Shreya PattarApr 13, 1 min

I won a tongue-twister competition in school because my dad said, “Say it slowly”.

I was 6 years old at the time.

Our school announced a competition to ‘recite’ a tongue-twister.

I went home and waited all day for my dad to come back from office.

As soon as he entered the door, I told him about the competition.

I had a list of tongue-twisters written in a double-lined notebook.
I read them out to him in a super-fast tongue-twisting speed.

After I was done, my dad took my notebook and wrote a tongue-twister in it. I took a deep breath and was ready to read it fast, when my dad stopped me.

My dad said, “Read it slow.”

I found that absurd. It’s a tongue-twister… it’s meant to be said fast!

He repeated, “Read it slow. Be clear when you talk.”

I listened to him and memorised the tongue-twister.

In class, all the other students who spoke before me went fast. I started to wonder whether it would be okay if I didn’t do that.

When it was my turn, I did what I was prepared for: I spoke at a normal pace; slow and clear.

And… I won first place!

I am still not sure what ‘worked’.

What I do know is:
Speaking clearly worked.
Standing out worked.
Listening to my dad worked.

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