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Episode · 5 months ago

How to Be More Confident When Speaking in a Second Language?

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In this episode, I talk about the importance of confidence in speaking, and how you can carry out tasks that improve your confidence in speaking a second language.

Speaking in a second language can be adaunting task, most learners, like the confidence to speak at various stagesof their language learning journey, and this is particularly true for beginners. So, should you speak the language fromDay One? Or should you wait until you are confident this is an ongoing debate in language,education, research? My advice would be to follow what feelsright to you and don't force yourself to speak from day one if you don't feelcomfortable to do so. That being said, if your main goal forlearning a language is to communicate Orly in the target language, you shouldtry to speak as early. I suppose you are listening to the INNOVA languages,show a podcast that inspires language learners to pursue their dreams. Myname is Alain the university professor...

...from the UK. I have over fifteen yearsexperience teaching foreign languages in the UK and in China and am here toshare my passion for language learning tanked to help you accelerate yourlanguage. Lording journey confidence is an important aspect ofspeaking, but it's not necessarily related toyour competence in the second language. Many of you may feel nervous or anxiouswhen speaking in front of a large audience, even in your first language. This is normal. In fact, a littlenervousness, while speaking in public is necessary because it keeps US alertmentally and helps us pay more tension to what is being said,...

...feeling nervous or anxious, but also bedue to some one's personality. Maybe you are a shy person in nature.You don't feel comfortable interacting with others outside your usual group offriends. This is also quite common. Yourstrategy for developing second language speaking will be different from someone, who is very outgoing, therefore, knowing yourself and knowingwhat your preferences are, can make learning to speak in a second language, a more enjoyable experience. So how do you improve your confidencespeaking in a second language start by practicing speaking with someone, you know or friends, a sympathetic speaker or listener. So this is someone who understands the difficulty of speaking another language or aprofessional language tutor because...

...they are trained to listensympathetically, be honest about your level and try tospeak the target language as much as much as you can. Ideally, you may need to use acombination of your first language gestures and or even photographs tomaintain the flow of the conversation, and this is really important,especially at the beginner stage. As you progress, you can speak more inthe target language, but the initial hurdle of starting to speak is thebiggest and there's no way around it. Anotherreason why many learners are not confident when speaking in a secondlanguage is that they are afraid of making too many mistakes, Languished Honors Make GramaticalMistakes, use the wrong vocabulary and...

...pronounce the wars incorrectly. This is not top secret. Typically, adult learners are moreconscious about making these mistakes than younger learners having the Rind Mindseye Ke. Here youneed to know what your mistakes are and that your mistakes don't define you and they are part of your learningprocess. So, rather than dwelling on everysingle mistake you make try to shift your attention on repeated or simplemistakes. Start improving your accuracy by makingfewer mistakes like these. If you don't want your conversationpartner to Correcta, every single mistake tellthem from the start.

You can also try using implicitfeedback such as recast, and this is when you make a mistake, but your partnerrepeat your sentence by saying it in a correct way. In case you don't know ourparents actually do this a lot when we were learning our first language. Sothis is a actually very common and familiar to us. Implicit feedback suchas recast is less face threatening, and he helps us build our confidence. If you are an independent learner andyour intermediate or advanced learners, you can try to find a conversationpartner to practice. Speaking in your target language, prioritize fluency. First, as it willimprove your confidence and sustain...

...your motivation and when it comes to accuracy andcorrecting mistakes, be selective in the area you're working on focus on one area at a time. So, forexample, if you want to improve the use of phrase of verbs, thesubjunctive mood or the conditionals in English, ask your partner to correctyour mistakes in that area. I hope to day's episode has been helpful ingiving you more information about how to improve your confidence. In speakingI'll see you next time.

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