Do you still feel shy and nervous about speaking English to others even though you have spent a long time studying English? Don’t worry, you are not alone!
Just like you, many people who are learning English don’t practice speaking as often as they want to because they are afraid they will make a mistake or be laughed at.
Don’t worry, even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes, and nobody will laugh at you.
If you want to improve your English, you need to be confident in your capabilities. Here are 10 easy ways to gain confidence in your ability to speak English. You will be on your way to speaking fluently if you follow these steps regularly.
- Start with believing in yourself. —
“I was afraid to speak. I was scared people would make fun of me. Will they judge me?
When you have faith in yourself no one can belittle you. You cannot learn a thing if you care about what others think of you.
- Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Repeat. —
Listen a little. Speak a little. Read a little. Write a little. Then, listen a little more. Speak a little more. Read a little more. Write a little more. Do this, till it becomes a habit.
- Keep your ears open. —
English is everywhere. It is in online videos, news channels, on facebook, twitter, Instagram. And where not? So listen and build your vocabulary.
- Find the answer in the question. —
Questions are like mirrors. Reverse the question, and find the answer.
Does he…? Yes, he does Is it…? Yes, it is Can you? Yes, I can
- Make the mirror your best friend. —
Speak to it in English, and it will make you feel confident about the way you are speaking. Mirror strategy is a good way to acknowledge your facial expressions, body language, and gestures.
- Read full sentences. —
You learnt Hindi, Punjabi or Marathi in full sentences. Then why should learning English be any different? Read full sentences, speak in sentences.
- Keep calm and do not worry about grammar. —
Remember, even those who speak English fluently make grammatical mistakes. But, what they do right, is communicate without worrying about the errors made.
- Find an English newspaper and learn a word a day. —
Keep your fear of new English words away.
- Use the word before it leaves you. —
Use the new word immediately to feel confident about its usage.
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Till it makes you perfect. —
There are no shortcuts in life. Definitely, no shortcuts to learning English.
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