You break up quite a lot [pause when speaking?]


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If your child is trying to memorize a text and then you try to test his memory to find out that he is not fluent (smooth) in his recital. He stops a lot to remember or when unsure of a word.
Would you say:
You break up quite a lot/You broke up many times. You need to practice more.
  • Rhye

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    English - American
    I would say something like "Your speech is choppy; you need to practice more." This more idiomatically brings the meaning that you're trying to elicit with "breaks up". "Break up" can be used for relationships or phone calls, but extending that meaning to something else seems a little bit strange.
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