Think of the endless opportunities that will become available if you speak English Confidently and Fluently. Attending events, giving presentations, and starting conversations will become amazing and exciting.
Speaking in English is a skill that can be learned through repetition and practice. I am 100% sure that you can become a confident and fluent English speaker. Learning English and communicating confidently in English is a matter of practice just like riding a bicycle. Try, try, try till you succeed. You may fall down time and again but getting up and trying again is the key to success. Soon, you’ll be riding around the block with no hands. Know that feeling, right. I’ve seen students transform from jittery, nervous, scared and frustrated English learners to fluent and confident English speakers. I have seen students who were previously too nervous to even ask for a cup of tea to now present publicly in English. It’s only a matter of practice and right direction. Well, practice is yours, showing the right direction is my responsibility.
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The following 6 steps will help you speak English confidently and fluently.
1. Get the Basics Right: You cannot ignore the basics and speak correctly. Do not complicate by thinking that you need to know the whole grammar to begin with. Just get the basics right and you are on the right path. You can have lengthy and complex conversations by getting the basic verb tenses right: Simple and Continuous forms of the verbs. Get the basic Subject Verb Agreement right and you can speak correctly.
Grammar does matter! Your boss, friend, colleague, cousin or anyone will not like sentences thrown at them without a structure. The basics include using the proper sentence structure, tenses, vocabulary and pronunciation. Keep the vocabulary simple in the beginning and then build it to an advanced level. If you don’t master the basics, you can’t evolve gradually. Concentrate on using ‘s’ with the he/she/it verbs and master it to move to the next level of learning.
My students today have reached the advanced level because I have worked hard with them on the basics first.
Good news: Basics are easier to master, so don’t worry.
2.Focus totally on the message and get it right: We are in different situations throughout the day. While at job, we are engineers, teachers, doctors, digital marketeers etc., at a restaurant we are the customers. Each situation demands a different set of conversations. Office is a formal space so the message has to be delivered across accurately while a restaurant is a relaxed space where we can be at ease while delivering our message. Focus more on the message than the grammar and eventually you will get it all right. I am not asking you to ignore grammar. There is a time and place for focusing on grammar like in a classroom or a learning environment. For conversations at work and informal places, focus more on the message you want to communicate.
For example: You have to schedule an appointment with a doctor. How will you find if you have communicated properly? Simple: the appointment will be scheduled. That’s the goal of the conversation.
3.Ignore your mistakes: We listen to the overall message of the speaker and discount a lot of mistakes. Many a times, we do not even realise the mistakes made by the speaker while delivering a message. Why? It is because we concentrate more on the message and the emotions of the speaker. We listen to the overall message, not the individual words said by the speaker. Therefore, ignore your mistakes while speaking in English because the chances are that the listener hasn’t even noticed them. Stopping and correcting yourself is unprofessional and unnatural, it also breaks the flow of the conversation. Furthermore, it draws attention to your mistakes which otherwise would have gone unnoticed. We all make mistakes while speaking and even the native speakers do. Yes, they do too. The goal isn’t perfection but rightful communication of ideas. Don’t let your mistakes stop you from reaching your goal. Make that choice to speak English confidently and fluently.
4.Control your fear and anxiety: Emotions play a huge role in our lives. Fear, worry, nervousness, anxiety, panic, public speaking, stage freight are some common emotions that people feel when they’re speaking in English. Even the advance learners feel jittery while addressing a huge gathering in English.
Good news: We can look at the same situation with completely different feelings: excitement, confidence, motivation and an adrenaline rush to do better.
I had two students: Mary and James. While Mary chose to see public speaking as exciting, James saw it as a fearful situation. The result was obvious! The situation of public speaking was neutral, neither positive nor negative. It was their interpretation that determined their feelings towards it. Fear and excitement have the same reactions on the body. Your heart beats faster, palms get sweaty and the stomach goes tight. How about looking at the situation as exciting rather than as fearful? You’ll come out a winner.
5.Learn natural expression, go the native way: We learn in a classroom set up where a lot of things go in our minds while learning a language. Many a time the language is too formal or too rigid. A lot of formal expressions are taught which are not much used in the real world. The best way is to have a conversational tone like the natives. Use phrases, expressions and idioms to sound natural and fluent. Phrasal verbs help a lot. All this helps to break the self consciousness of the students and they get mixed up with the natives easily. Instant magic happens and the non-natives blend with the natives. Sounding like a native English speaker is a huge confidence booster.
6.Speak , Speak and Speak all the time: Practice makes a man perfect is said for a reason. Practice is the only way to master the English language. You can read all the articles in the world, watch all the English learning tutorials and even buy expensive self- help books. Till the time you don’t speak in English, you don’t become fluent in it. I find my students giving all kinds of excuses like fixing pronunciation, learning the tenses rules or expanding the vocabulary. In reality, they just procrastinate and wait for a tomorrow that never comes. The best time to start speaking in English is now and forever. Look for every opportunity to speak in English and go all out. Do not hide behind your own fears. Face the world and care a damn. You make the effort 5 times and I promise you it’ll be forever and soon you’ll see tremendous improvement in yourself.
Good news: Speaking fluently and confidently will just be a matter of time.
Hi, I am Tanya, the founder of this blog.
I have a B.A. and an M.A. in English and my goal is to help you become a fluent & confident English speaker. I help my students and readers develop the necessary skills to share their message with the world. Most of the times, our English holds us back from getting promoted or attracting new clients. Even after studying for many years, learning all the grammar rules, most of us are unsure of the correct expression to use. I feel you all. I have been in those shoes and I know how they hurt. I have helped individuals become confident English speakers and reach their goals. I am a communications expert too. I can help you perfect your English and communication skills.
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