Why It’s So HARD to Accept Spoken English Can Be Practiced?

By Robby

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Video Transcript Below:

Hi guys, hello boys and girls, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers!

It’s Robby here from EnglishHarmony.com and welcome back to my video blog. Let’s talk about the subject of spoken English self-practice again for the millionth time.

But in case you’re thinking “Robby, come on, you’ve been talking about it in every single video for the last couple of months.” Hold on a second, just bear with me for a moment and you’ll realize that today I’m going to reveal a certain aspect of the whole spoken English self-practice thing that hasn’t been talked about before.

And to be honest with you guys, I didn’t even realize that it existed up until today, when I happened to receive an email from one of my blog readers. And I actually sent him an email a couple of days before that, telling him that spoken English practice, basically speaking is the only way that’s going to develop his fluency, his ability to speak for that matter.

And I didn’t explicitly mention in the email that speaking with himself is one of the options. I only spoke about speaking in general terms and then I went on to give him a few tips and tricks on how to approach the whole speaking thing but I never explicitly mentioned that if you don’t have anyone else to talk to, you can do self-practice in the comfort of your own home. Okay?

Next thing I know that person responds by saying “Listen Robby, it’s not going to work. I can’t, I can’t heed to your advice because I can’t speak. There’s no one for me to speak with!”

Generally SPEAKING Associates With Interpersonal Communication ONLY!

And only then I realized – it was some sort of a light bulb moment, I realized that for some people speaking is only associated with communication with other people, right?

And when you think about it, it actually makes an awful lot of sense because when you grow up as a human being, when you develop from the stage of infancy and then you start pronouncing the first words, repeating what you hear around you and then you start speaking with your parents and friends and all that, you don’t probably even think about speaking with yourself because you only speak with other people. That’s the most natural thing.

And then at some stage in your life when you start learning the second language, if it happens so that you learn it by way of speaking – the natural way. If you live in a bilingual country for instance, just like I did, in my country they speak Latvian and Russian, so I learned Russian by way of speaking.

I can’t actually remember when I learned the Russian language; I just kind of know that I always spoke it. But it’s because I was playing with Russian kids as a little kid myself, so I just learned it the natural way.

But if you start learning the second or the third language in school, in the traditional language teaching setting where you only do textbook exercises, filling gaps in the different exercises and read a lot and listen, you don’t – nobody tells you that you can practice your speech with yourself, right? You only assume that you can do the very same thing you’ve done in your native language, maybe in your second language – speak with others, okay?

When You Don’t Have Anyone to Speak With in English – You’re Lost…

And just because there’s no opportunities to speak with others when it comes down to the English language, you’re lost. You don’t even realize, there’s no concept of self-practice because you just never knew that it existed.

So it can’t even cross your mind. It can’t occur to you. And this is something that I didn’t even think about because for me personally, the whole concept of spoken English self-practice has become second nature.

And it’s been like that for long, long years now and I can’t actually imagine myself without it, you know. And just because I’ve been communicating about the whole thing from my videos for years on end now, I assume that everyone who I come in contact with will quite automatically realize what I’m talking about.

Even When I Say That You’ve Got to SPEAK, Speaking With Yourself Doesn’t Even Occur to You!

But the fact of the matter is that most people out there who haven’t heard about the concept of spoken English self-practice, even if you tell them that you’ve got to speak which I thought was just enough information to make them realize that they can speak with themselves, even then they don’t realize it! You have to explicitly tell them!And when you tell them that, most people are shocked because the whole concept seems something weird, something strange.

And I want you to read an article that I published a year ago. You can click on the link right here and it’s called “Why it’s so hard to realize you have to speak in order to speak?” Right?

And back then and up until now obviously I thought that this is the only issue that for most of us it’s difficult to realize that you have to speak in order to develop your fluency because of the bad job that the traditional English teaching study has done to us, right?

We’ve been brainwashed and now we believe that we can read, write, listen and that way become fluent English speakers, right? So that’s why it’s so hard to realize that you’ve got to speak.

But here’s the thing that I’m talking about today. Here’s a whole new issue. Basically, even if you convince a person that they have to speak, it requires an additional effort to make them understand that they can speak with themselves and that there’s so many advantages to do spoken English self-practice such as zero stress levels and you can make as many mistakes as you want and you can record your speech on a camcorder, go back and self-correct and all those sort of things. So there’s a million advantages and no disadvantages at all, right?

So that’s the message I wanted to send to you guys. In case you happened to be that person who didn’t realize up until now that you can speak with yourself, please start doing that on a daily basis. And if you know some other people who would benefit from this advice, don’t hesitate to tell them that. Tell them Robby told you to speak with yourself and that’s the only way to improve your English fluency if you don’t have any opportunities to speak with other people, right?

So I hope that what I was trying to communicate with you guys makes an awful lot of sense!

So obviously, if you have any questions or comments of any nature – preferably something that’s got to do with spoken English improvement – post them I the comment section below.

Chat to you soon and bye-bye!


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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  • Hi Sunny,
    I’m glad the message hammered home, and thanks for sticking around my blog throughout the years!

  • Sunny

    Million dollar article!You knocked sense into me and made me realize the importance of self practice which I ignored for a long time. Thank you Guru!

  • That’s a really good idea.
    My ‘thing’ is that it comes down to how much time you put into it. I read a post yesterday from a teacher in the USA who doesn’t want to pressure students into doing a lot of English – she says she’s seen so many students start then stop and then feel guilty about it. But if you want to make progress, the first thing is dedicating an hour a day or preferably more to it. So yeah if you can’t talk to anyone locally, then there’s always Skype or making your own videos or just speaking to yourself.

  • You’d be actually surprised how many people take my advice and do spoken English self-practice with amazing results! I’ve been doing screenshots with their comments and soon enough I’ll publish them all in a blog post called “Proof that spoken English self-practice” or something like that. So yes, people do it!

  • Hi again, just in response to your other comment, of course I have heard of ‘self-talk’ before as I know you’ve written about it a lot. I just think this is my first comment on it.
    The funny thing is that I wonder how many people implement the advice. Speaking like you do seems easy but it takes practice, even for native speakers. But as they say, you take from something what you put in!

  • A video recording is probably that would go down much better as a suggestion because for a lot of people the initial reaction to “practice some spoken English with yourself” would be something like “Am I what, crazy that I should be talking to myself?” But as it is with a lot of things in life, it’s sometimes the crazy solutions that work best! 😉

  • I have classes in person with my teachers so I don’t have this particular issue. But it’s true that speaking to yourself is rarely ever mentioned. I don’t think I’ve ever had a teacher mention it.
    I think I’ve recommended ‘thinking to yourself’ as an option to my own students, and that could be a place to start. Or to give yourself a task – eg read an article and then prepare a one-minute video response to it, as you do regularly..

  • Thanks Rashmi for dropping by, and I’m glad you liked the article and the video! And sure enough, I’ll be posting more videos and articles in the weeks and months to come so stay tuned for more cool stuff! 😉

  • Rashmi Gupta

    Amazing article…loved every bit of it..and yeah it actually make awful lot of sense.Thanks Robby for all your precious advice and tips. Looking forward for your next article!

  • That’s the spirit Belajar, I’m glad I’ve found another fellow foreigner who’s doing spoken English self-practice! Stick around my blog for more great videos and articles to come!

  • Belajar Inggris Dengan MrZee

    It happened to me before and I 1000% agree with you Robby! You know, I used to do that back when I was still in high school (as a matter a fact I’m still doing it now, although not in regular basis..) I spoke to myself about any topics, just pretended there was someone I was speaking with. And it worked for me alright. There is no excuse these days that we cannot practice our speaking skill if we don’t have any partner to speak with. Because having a partner is not the only way to improve our speaking skill. Speak with ourself is one method that I would recommend for people who want to practice their speaking skill but have no partner around them. Try it… I’ve tried and proved it. It may prove useful for you 🙂