Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Confidence in English without Speaking

Confidence in English without Speaking

Before you try to speak English, you must "think" in English. I will show you an exercise that will both build your confidence and increase your ability to begin conversations in English. This exercise requires no speaking
1.Step 1
Before you speak in English, you must "Think" in English. These steps will help you grow in confidence and increase your ability to later begin conversations in English.
In your day to day life you will see many people. Imagine that they only speak English.
2.    Step 2
When you see someone,think to yourself that you are going to start a conversation with them. Imagine how you are going to start your conversation. Imagine them understanding you and continuing the conversation
3.    Step 3
Feel yourself becoming more confident as you imagine yourself speaking. Also, feel your nervousness and see yourself speaking anyway.
Do this several times a day without actually talking to anyone.
Your confidence will grow and in a real situation you will be much better prepared to speak.
How to improve your English:
There are many ways to improve your level of English:
Read as many English books, newspapers and magazines as you can find.
We also recommend the English version of the monthly magazine READERS DIGEST. It has short stories and articles. We are offering copies in our competition on the visitor page.
Try some of the radio stations we recommend on the Worldwide Radio schedules page BBC Overseas Service. They have a very good website designed to help English learners and teachers.
Talk to friends who are also learning English. Make a rule that perhaps for an hour, or when you go out together, you will only speak English to each other! Find native English-speaking people who will give you conversation practice.
See our section of advice on how to choose a good language school.
Maybe we will see you in Britain one day? Look at our Visiting Britain pages. 
Confidence in English with out Speaking

English is an easy language to start learning because:
•    It has no genders. Apart from people, all objects are 'neuter', not 'masculine' or 'feminine'. So you say 'it' for such things, and do not need to learn any genders.
•   It usually has easy verb endings. Apart from a few 'irregular' verbs, verb endings are easy, and hardly change.
•    Adjectives remain the same for all words - there are no different endings to learn.
•    The singular and plural pronoun 'you' is the same. There is no need to decide whether to use a polite form, or an intimate form, when speaking to someone as in French or German. (English used to have the singular form 'thou', which was often used in the intimate way like 'tu' or 'du'. In fact, in dialects in parts of England, this is still sometimes used. And in the Republic of Ireland, they have a very sensible plural form of 'you', when speaking to several people: 'yous'.)
The difficult parts of English are:
•    The spelling of a word may not show what the pronunciation (way of saying) the word is.
This is because English words came from many different sources. It is not a 'pure' language.
•    Because English came from two main sources - old French, and old Anglo-Saxon, there is a very large vocabulary of words. Words with similar meanings may have come from both sources. For example, START (from Anglo-Saxon) and COMMENCE (from old French). The meaning is similar, but not precisely the same.
•  Native English speakers use a lot of idioms, that is - words used in a way which is not their obvious meaning. An English speaker may say,

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