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We all are aware of the experience of feeling like a child again, when we do not have enough words to express ourselves. Also, who would have not faced the struggle to maintain their dignity in the face of self-criticism? There are some things you can do to grasp and overcome your nerves when speaking another languag.....
We all are aware of the experience of feeling like a child again, when we do not have enough words to express ourselves. Also, who would have not faced the struggle to maintain their dignity in the face of self-criticism? There are some things you can do to grasp and overcome your nerves when speaking another language, especially English.
People who are not fluent with English always have a voice on their head, which says, ‘not to open your mouth or you’ll look stupid’. Sadly, most people listen to it. Also they have a tendency to assume that they are criticised. Here are a few tips that will hep you overcome your English phobia.
Know your fear
What is it that you are afraid of? Anxiety about speaking English usually boils down to fear of failure or of being negatively evaluated. If you have noticed unusual or strange words coming out of your mouth during a conversation or interview, you too probably have the same fear. To fight this, ask yourself how you feel when a foreign person makes an effort to speak your language. Hopefully you wouldn’t judge then in a negative way.
Speak in English with people with whom you are comfortable enough and who have a good command over language. Listen to English songs, watch good English movies or sitcoms and also pay attention to conversation in English (available on youtube).
Work out on your language
Build your vocabulary and learn grammar. You can start by learning greetings and salutations in English, followed by names of different things, like animals, fruits, vehicles, utensils. Also try to learn proverbs and famous sayings in English language.
Keep up your confidence and remember it’s just a language and no rocket science. To quote Lao Tzu, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, and this is an excellent first step.
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