HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF SPEAKING ENGLISH FLUENTLY
Speaking English is a never-ending journey, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” so take a step forward with confidence and don’t hesitate while speaking English. The firstly, the question that arises: why do we actually hesitate while speaking in English?
People often, hesitate because they think others will judge them; whenever this thought comes to your mind, just ask yourself: how do you react when a foreigner tries to speak in your language? You wouldn’t judge that person, right? This is because you usually think that at least the person is trying and you tend to look at the efforts of the other person positively. In the same way, you should look at your own attempt positively when you try to speak in English.
Overcome your fear of Speaking English fluently with four simple and effective tips:
- Think in English: When you are not in the habit of conversing in English, your mind takes time to process new words and translate them into a sentence. We think the sentence in our mother tongue before we speak it in English, and as we struggle to formulate a sentence in English, we try to literally translate each word or sentence in English.
- Don’t aim for perfection: Your desire for speaking English perfectly may be holding you back; as they say, the only thing holding you back is just ‘You.’ It is important for you to realize that your mistakes help your learning process, you learn from your mistakes. The sooner you start talking in English, the sooner you will reach a fluent English speaker level.
- Call customer care: Prepare a topic on any product and make a call to a customer care, explain your problem relating to that particular product in English. The reason behind this is that the other person on the call does not know who you are, so it is an opportunity for you to gain confidence as you don’t have the fear of being judged by someone.
- Writing Journal: Whatever thoughts come to your mind just jot them down on a piece of paper, without paying attention to any grammatical errors that you might be making. Practise this often as you can, until it, gradually it becomes your habit, and ultimately helps you in improving your English language skills; this will help you feel confident while speaking in English.