Reading in a new language is one thing. Speaking it brings a whole new set of challenges. How do you go from reading any new language to speaking it with confidence? Read on for some ways to take your skills to the next level.
The Fear of Speaking
First, identify what you’re afraid of. That makes it easier to confront the fear. Also, don’t become impatient with your fear. Deal with it step by step. Start by repeating just about everything you hear in your new language, and then talk to yourself using it. Once you gain some confidence in speaking the language, start up a conversation with another English language learner.
Trust Native Speakers
Perhaps a native speaker has giggled about something you said. Is he or she making fun of you? Probably not. After getting to know the person who may have giggled at you, ask for help in speaking his or her language more fluently. You will not only gain new pronunciation tips, but you can also learn more about the culture that goes along with the language.
While reading enables us to learn English, we also have to listen closely to it before using the language effectively. Listening to English helps us pronounce words and understand the accent that keeps so many learners from speaking English. The more carefully we listen to any language, the more confidently and accurately we will speak it.
Talk to Yourself
Speak to yourself in your new language—either aloud or under your breath—in as many different situations as possible. Keep in mind that mistakes are part of learning a new language. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you can’t remember a new word or have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds in the English language.
English is widely accepted as the official language of culture, science, and business. All classes at ALCC American Language are made up of students from many countries, and you have the chance to learn English and speak it with fellow students in the heart of New York City. For more information, including accommodations, please call us at (212) 736-2373 or fill out our contact form.