Speaking

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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.

Encouraging students

I am always encouraging students to speak in the class, which they don’t like at all. It is a bit weird as they really want to talk, but they don’ t like practising it in the classroom.

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.

No silences

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…

Don’t translate

One of my funniest students is called Lucilda. She’s twenty-five, and she has the linguistic competence of an adult speaker when she’s speaking English.

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.

Relax

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…

No fear

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 πŸ™‚

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?

Communicate more

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!

Keep Thinking!

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16 comments

    1. I pity your classmates, they’re not getting many good ideas just because you don’t tell them.

      Can you imagine a world in which Albert Einstein had decided not to tell us about relativity? What if Shakespeare had been afraid of writing Romeo & Juliette?

      πŸ™‚ We are all afraid of speaking in public really, but I think it’s something we just have to learn to do in life. I always recommend to give the first speeches alone, in front of a mirror just looking at yourself, I can tell you it’s not such a big difference.

      The funny thing is once you cross the line, you’ll just love it!

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    1. Difficulties in speaking can be many, and each case should be analyzed specifically. However; we can all communicate, and despite the fact some students may have certain disadvantages, they can achieve communication according to their own possibilities.
      Inside the controlled environment of a classroom, I have always helped my students in order to take out the best in them and get some results despite disadvantages, which builds some confidence in themselves. This article mainly refers to normal students who find difficult to speak due to their lack of confidence and it is intended as a way to encourage them.
      Thank you for the reblog and for you comment!

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