Many of us have a fear of speaking in another language. But how can we beat this fear, how can we progress?
I have lived in England, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Brazil and have had to learn the local language in order not just to survive but to live and be a part of the community.
Below are a few ideas that have worked for me. (This works for any language in my opinion).
1. Accept that it is ok to make mistakes.
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”–James Joyce
2. When you try to speak, other people won’t laugh at you.
3. Remember that even native speakers make mistakes in speaking, writing and listening.
4. Try to include English in your daily life more and more. The more you expose yourself to English the easier it becomes.
5. Practice listening, at home by listening to music, podcasts, films or series that interests you. A huge part of speaking is also listening.
6. Try to communicate what you are trying to say. If you forget a word, use another that you do know.
7. As an adult it’s hard as in our native language we know how to speak, accept that it is going to be like being a child again. ‘’Rome wasn’t built in one day’’.
8. Start with one- on- one conversations. They are easier than group conversations as you only need to concentrate on one person, not listen to more and have to follow the conversation.
9. Remember that with time your confidence will increase.
Did you like our tips? Have you tried something different? Let us know! Share your experience in the comments below.