You’re a foreign English speaker. You’re speaking English with someone at work. You make a mistake – the wrong word in the wrong place or simply a slip of tongue. The very moment you catch yourself at it, it starts eating at you. You can’t just let it go because you’re very good at English and everything you say must be perfect. Your day is ruined because your colleagues have definitely noticed the mistake you’ve made and they’re laughing about you behind your back. You’re trying much harder to get everything right while still chatting, but as a result you start making even more mistakes!
Does this sound familiar to you? If so – you should definitely watch Episode #3 of my English Harmony video blog! In this video I’m discussing the following points:
Why making mistakes when speaking English is crucial to improve your spoken language;
Why native English speakers won’t even notice an occasional mistake you make;
Why you shouldn’t go for the other extreme – ignoring any English grammar rules and syntax and just keep blubbering away!
Another aspect of making spoken English mistakes is the attitude of others. It can be very intimidating to hear comments about your language if they’re not meant to help you but rather to point out how poor you are when it comes to speaking English. So please be nice to someone who has less skill with spoken English than you and never ever laugh about his or her speech!
I recall a guy who I used to work with. He was a really nice chap and he was eager to improve his spoken English. And it was the attitude of the others that let him down. He told me once that he was being often laughed at when he opened his mouth to say something in English. But how on Earth could anyone expect him to improve his English speech if there was no-one to encourage him to speak?
OK, my website is dedicated to those whose spoken English is already very good. However, even then, the point above doesn’t lose its importance. Good English speakers are facing quite high expectations from others. So in case of getting something wrong when speaking they might get very frustrated by it regardless whether anyone notices it or not.
How to deal with such and similar situations? Find it out by watching the third episode of my video blog above!
Talk to you soon again,
P.S. Are you ready to get on the fast track to spoken English fluency? Check out my English Harmony System HERE!