We are speaking monkeys, and communicating is by far the best of our skills, but why do we find it so difficult sometimes?
Speaking depends a lot on the environment. When we are in a well-known environment with people we know well, then we never seem to stop talking.
Speaking about something we’re not totally sure of and in front of an audience can be a very different task.
When we are learning a second language, speaking is the key to success, but it seems it is the most difficult part for everyone. It is clear that unless you speak the little you know, you will never know anymore.
How to speak
I can understand that when you are a very beginner, speaking is difficult unless you’re assisted by a professional. I always assist my very beginner students so they can speak in the class.
But this post is the those of you who already know a bit of the language and never dare to speak. We basically have to push ourselves forward.
Babies will always try to say something even if they’re wrong, so always avoid the silence. There’s a lot you can say in any circumstances, the problem is that you might be translating from your own language, in which your level is much higher…
However; I’d say she’s a six year-old when it comes to speaking Spanish, and like any six-year-old, she can express herself with simple messages. But she cannot connect the complexity of ideas of a twenty-five-year-old brain with that young girl, so she struggles.
When you struggle, your hands sweat, your muscles get tenser and your mind gets blocked. Why would you want to stress yourself out that much? Yeah, you’re right, for nothing.
Take a deep breath and let yourself go…
I asked Lucilda once why she didn’t speak more in the class, and she answered with a sad expression that she didn’t just in case she was wrong…
As you can imagine, I always unleash three hungry pitbulls when students are wrong so they have to fight to survive 🙂
Come one, you mustn’t be afraid, of course you can be wrong, and me too, and everyone else in this universe! If experts make mistakes, how can you expect not making them? Is that what babies do?
Sounds, gestures, body language, drawings, imitations, smiles or a touch on someone’s shoulder are other ways of expressing yourself. Use them to help you!