how to be confident to speak in english?

China
May 20, 2007 7:41pm CST
It is hard for me to express myself in english in public. I dont know why? I prepare for the speech but seldom success. so I feel very embrassed. Would you like to give me some advice how to be confident and speak in enlglish in pulbic.
4 responses
@Zerzis (558)
• India
21 May 07
I have some following tips for you to improve spoken English: 1. Listen to good english:- Listen to english news channels. (Not american movies - its not pure english- prefer to get the accent of UK english). The more you listen the more you get to know how good english is spoken and try to speak in that way. Also you indirectly tune your grammer in this way. 2. Try to speak in english with your friends. I think thats the most important thing of all. DO mistakes. It doesnt matter, initially you will think and speak but as days goes by you will be able to get that naturally! 3. You have to give a lot of importantce to grammer. If u make mstakes in grammer let it be how good your acecnt or fluency of speaking, the otherone will surely tell that you are a donkey in english speaking. So grammer perfection is must. Some mistakes are allowed but some basics are unforgivable. 4. Also read novels, they are great source of new words and build up your vocabulary. i have been reading novels since i was 11. I hope i helped you.. Happy Mylotting!!!
• China
21 May 07
Thanks a lot! You are so kind to give me detailed tips. I think it will help me greatly! Best wishes!
• Malaysia
21 May 07
I am also quite terrified speaking in English. I don't have the confidence and I'm afraid I speak wrongly or using the incorrect tenses, verbs and etc. After I speak, I will recall what I've spoken and reviewed the sentence, checking if there's any grammar mistakes. However, in order to improve on your English, you just have to speak it everyday, even though you might speak wrongly. From there, you'll gain the confidence and can speak more fluently.
• China
21 May 07
thank your response! I will come on keeping speaking english!
@jbelle (913)
• Philippines
21 May 07
Hi joyce! Me too sometimes encountered that problems but I had once attended the public speaking seminar in our school which help me to conquer my fear in speaking in English. I hope this tips can also help you in a way. First be confident, keep the message brief and concise and you must be vivid in delivering your message, or it is what we so called understandable english. Be it simple when it comes to your wording less is more. They don't need to abd are usually expecting to become expert. Just be yourself and smile!
• China
21 May 07
thanks for your responsing. I will try. best to you!
• Malaysia
21 May 07
I feel the same way too joyce2007. I admit that even we study english language since grade school up to college , I could not still speak well. Maybe the best way is to practice it first with yourself, family and to your close friends. Goodluck and welcome to mylot :)
• China
21 May 07
thanks for your response! I agree with you: practice make perfect!