Do you often find yourself in a fix whenever you have to speak in English with your peers? You are not alone! Inlingua New Delhi, a leading language school with several branches in Delhi NCR, has come up with these super-handy tips to help you overcome the fear of fumbling for words while speaking in English. Take a look:
- Practice out loud
Repeating the new sounds of a language makes them less foreign to you and more natural over time. Linguistics experts at Inlingua New Delhi recommend you do this by yourself in the beginning to build up a new level of comfort with the language you are learning.
- Record yourself
Record your voice while you speak English or read something aloud. Recording yourself will likely be uncomfortable at first, but the key is practice and repetition. The more you speak out loud and listen to your voice, the more comfortable you will be while conversing in the language with people.
- Get a conversation partner
Find a conversation partner with whom you can practice before you speak in front of a large group. You can even do this through video calling applications like Whatsapp and Skype. “Go ahead and tell the person that you are nervous and that your goal is to become more confident. Once you admit it, the hold that fear has on you may weaken,” said a linguistics expert from Inlingua New Delhi.
- Do something new every week
Take baby steps. Practicing one new thing every week can actually do wonders for your understanding and application of the language. “When I was learning German in Berlin, the first time I ordered food in German by myself was terrifying! But one week, I vowed to do it every day. By the seventh day, it was no problem. That’s why repetition and practice are important,” another expert at Inlingua shared his experience.
- Never forget why you started in the first place
The only way to truly improve in a second language is by actually using the language. Keep reminding yourself why you started learning the language in the first place. Acknowledging the reason will keep you motivated throughout the learning process. Apart from motivation, perspective matters a lot. Instead of focusing on your anxiety when practicing language, change your perspective, suggest linguistics experts at Inlingua New Delhi.