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Have you ever noticed that when you study English on your own, you tend to make fewer mistakes and you can speak much clearer and more eloquently than if you speak with another person?
Well, it mightn’t necessarily be the case – after all, there are some people who bring out the best in you as a foreign English speaker – but I’m sure that it has happened to you on more than just one occasion that you struggle a bit to get the verbal message across to the other person.
And guess what I realized one day?
It’s pretty much like fighting a real life fight if you’re a martial arts practitioner or a boxer!
Fighters Spend a Lot of Time Working Out on Their Own
Any good athlete would put in long hours while working out in the comfort of their gym or at home. They would engage in a lot of different types of workouts starting from endurance training and ending with resistance training, and of course they would do plenty of punching and kicking – depending on what fighting style their represent.
Boxers would punch the bag and execute perfect blows at a fast speed and make them hit the bag in the exact spot they want.
Karate practitioners would perform a lot of routine moves like we’ve all seen in martial arts films.
But guess what?
If those athletes get involved in a real life fight, there’s no chance in hell they’ll be looking as good as when they’re training!
During a Real Fight Everything is Messy
I’ve only been involved in fights a few times in my life, but even professionals will tell you that real fighting is nothing like sports competitions.
You just don’t get to execute those perfect moves because there’s a good chance your opponent will play dirty and do something totally unexpected, so you always have to be ready to improvise and most importantly – sometimes you’ll get a bloody nose before you get to deliver the knock-out punch to your opponent!
Sometimes You Get a Bloody Nose During a Conversation Too!
There’s no success without making mistakes, and good fighters know it only too well.
If you’re afraid of getting punched in the face, you’re most likely lose the fight.
The very same goes with your spoken English performance.
If you’re afraid of making mistakes when speaking with other people, you’ll most likely make AN AWFUL LOT OF THEM!
You see – when having a conversation with some other English speaker in real life, you have to be prepared for mistakes, hesitation and improvisation – just like when fighting in real life.
Sometimes you’ll get a bloody nose during a conversation, but you just can’t avoid it if you want to be a confident English speaker! Accept mistakes as an integral part of being a foreign English speaker, and you’ll be a winner for sure!
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