Does this scenario characterize you as a foreign English speaker:
- You start a conversation with another English speaker;
- You’re listening to him or her and you understand 99% of what they’re saying;
- When it comes to replying to their questions, you just CAN’T SAY A THING! 😡
So, do you recognize yourself from the description above?
Don’t worry, it’s nothing unusual, as a matter of fact, most foreign English speakers are struggling with similar communication problems for the simple reason that we tend to compare our English with that of the other person when we speak.
As a result, we become acutely aware of shortcomings in our speech and we’re just afraid of opening our mouth in case we say something completely stupid…
Is there a solution to this problem of not being able to respond to when you’re spoken to?
Learn not to compare your English with others. I know it’s easier said than done, however, it’s the first step towards spoken English confidence.
Learn not to be so conscious of your own speech during a conversation with another English speaker. Again – it’s easier said than done – but if you try really hard, you’re definitely going to start seeing the benefit in this approach!
Learn to focus on what you CAN say rather than obsessing about what you CAN’T say. It may sound as if I’m encouraging you not to learn anything new but stick with what you can say; however, benefits of this approach by far outweigh any possible lack of progress. Quite the opposite – you’re going to be even more motivated to learn new things if you can speak simply but fluently!
Talk to you soon again,
P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!
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