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I’m Addicted to Spoken English Practice… HELP ME!

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I’m desperate. 😡

I don’t know what to do.

I’m a serious addict and I just can’t seem to be able to stop the terrible habit no matter how hard I try… 🙁

Want to know what it is?

It’s SPEAKING IN ENGLISH WITH MYSELF.

There – I said it.

I know, I know, it’s crazy, it’s pathetic, and you’ll probably think I’ve totally lost my mind by coming out with this announcement in public, but I have no choice but to share it with you, my friends – simply because I can’t take it any longer!!!

I’ve tried different things in order to break this habit of constant spoken English self-practice.

I’ve been reading a lot of English fiction just to prevent myself from speaking, but it didn’t work! Every time I’ve done some reading, I found myself discussing its contents with myself a short time later, and I seemingly don’t have any control over it…

I’ve tried watching a lot of TV in English – different TV dramas, educational programs – you name it! And guess what? I always end up doing the same thing – speaking about what I’ve seen, and I’ve also started mimicking actors and narrators in order to learn to speak in English with American and British pronunciation – how crazy is that?!

I mean – why can’t I just enjoy a lot of passive English content just like most foreign English speakers do, and be OK with that?

After all, that’s what the English teaching industry wants us to do, isn’t that right?

We’d all realize our potential as English learners best by keeping pouring over textbooks and grammar books and excelling in subsequent tests and exams, and that’s how English studies are done the proper way, am I wrong in saying all this?

But wait a minute…

Why am I complaining about my addiction?

If I think about it – I actually like being a spoken English addict! 😀

Screw everyone else’s opinion!

Even if the whole world thinks I’m nuts, so what?

I’d rather be addicted to spoken English than be struggling with my English fluency, and if it helps me, why not do it?

Why suppress something I truly enjoy doing – just because majority of people would find it unacceptable and weird?

NO WAY!

I’m not going to complain about it anymore!

From this moment and on I’ll actually take pride in being addicted to spoken English, and if you’re the same as me (or maybe you want to criticize me?), you’re welcome to share your opinion in the comments section below!

Thanks for tuning in,

Robby 😉

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  • Jason, in so many ways you’re just like me then! I applaud your efforts and I really can’t see a single reason as to why your English improvement curve would ever stop! Spoken practice is the way to go! 😉

  • Jason Laurel

    Yeah! I’m the same thing with, I sometimes catch myself up speaking with myself in order to just improve my way of speaking. It’s not bad, it’s a good way, the self-practice improves alot than reading, writing and so on. Even me I’m so addicted with this, I’m stuck with self-practice English. Especially when I listen to a good american music or even a movie, after that I try to mimicking what I’ve just seen. I sometimes become like a crazy one but I ain’t really a crazy one, I just wanna make my English FLUENT and more FLUENT.

  • Guess what? It’s happened to me on multiple occasions, and I don’t stress out over it either – it’s no big deal really! 😉

    Btw – glad to hear you’ve taken up spoken practice as well – that’s the way to go! 😉

  • Daisy

    Guess what! I’m trying to follow your way and speak with myself in english more and more 🙂
    somtimes they catch me while I’m talking , so far they didn’t figure out
    What I’m doing 😀 I always smile and laugh when that happen so I advise you to look at it as a funny moment rather than awkward moment! :))

  • Hey Jo – thanks for the nice words and I guess you’re dead right – I should be focusing more on the positive rather than the negative aspects! 😉

  • What a coincidence! Here’s an article I published a while back about the VERY subject you just mentioned: http://englishharmony.com/respect-native-language/

  • Francisco Javier

    That’s a good addiction.

    Still, don’t neglect your native language. All languages are important.

  • JO

    I would love to have the same addiction! You are not weird at all!!! and stop focus on things people are talking about you – weird or not – you are great and thanks a lot for all the stuff you are sharing with us…and doing for us. Cheers