Why people stutter – level 2

01-02-2024 15:00

Reports say that 70 million people worldwide stutter. This is about one percent of the whole population.

People who stutter have problems when they speak. Usually, they make a pause before they say a difficult word, or they repeat the same word several times. Scientists found that these people have different brains, so you cannot always stop a stutter.

More people in one family often stutter, so the condition is genetic, too. Interestingly, men stutter three times more than women, but scientists don’t really know why.

People can learn some techniques, which make their stutter less obvious, but these techniques don’t change the brain. They learn to understand that what we speak is more important rather than how we say.

Difficult words: genetic (genes or information in the body that pass from one parents to children), techniques (the way to do something), obvious (something that people can see).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What techniques can people who stutter use to make their condition less obvious, and how does this relate to the brain's role in speaking?


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