I Got Stuck for Words in My Native Language – So Why Is It a Big Deal in English?

By Robby

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Guess what happened to me during the last weekend while I was having a dinner with some Latvian friends of mine?

I got stuck for words during one of the conversations!

I wanted to point out the importance of something, and all of a sudden I couldn’t remember the word “important” in Latvian… despite it being my native language! 😡

You’d think that something like that would never happen to a native speaker, right?

You’d think that the worst case scenario would involve forgetting a famous movie actor’s name, for example, and I’m pretty sure you’ve also have had such experiences when a person’s name is on the tip of your tongue yet you can’t remember it.

Strangely enough, I couldn’t utter the word “important” in Latvian which is a pretty common word, and I got stuck in a middle of a sentence for a couple of seconds at least.

Now, why am I telling you this on an English fluency improvement related blog?

Well, it’s pretty straightforward!

If a person gets stuck for a word in their native language, surely they’re not considered lacking fluency in their mother’s tongue, right?

So, by the same token, why would you consider yourself not being a fluent English speaker if you get stuck for words when speaking in English sometimes?

Just because it happens, doesn’t necessarily mean your overall fluency is poor!

I would rather describe it as a glitch in your system, pretty much the same way computers and other electronic devices have glitches from time to time and then you have to restart them.

How to do that?

Read this article on how to increase your English fluency by 100% in less than 12 hours and you’ll learn how to “restart” your brain if you start getting stuck for words when speaking in English way too often!

Thanks for dropping by,

Robby 😉

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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  • Well, on that particular occasion I was neither sleepy nor tired; it was really more like just a glitch in my brain!

  • Francisco Javier

    That’s also happened to me occasionally. I think it’s due to your brain having to work in both languages so, as you said, there may be some glitches here and there.

    I have noticed that sometimes I can remember a word or expression in English but not in my native language!

    Probably, lack of sleep or stress has something to do with it.