As an ESL speaker, Have you ever been afraid of speaking out? And How do you overcome it finally?

By Bill
China
September 2, 2015 2:32am CST
I am an ESL speaker from China. In our country, Most of students start to learn English by their first grade of Middle school. Unfortunately, most of school and teachers overemphasize the study of grammer and reading for the test instead of encouraging student to speak out. Some school and teacher even teach students in a Chinese way. Enlish in a Chiese way--so called "Chingish"-- is very popular among Chinese students. For me, at the beginning, It will also make me prone to errors, especially grammar problem. It also makes me be hard to understand for others including native speakers. Later, I know this: As an ESL speaker, Both our first language and English take up parts of our brain. Undoubtedly, The first language section runs much faster than the English section. Yes, we need to regard ourselves as English speakers. we shall use the english section more often and independent. This may require hundreds and thousands of hours to reach that level. But we have to change. Now, I am trying my best to achieve that. Force myself to think in english, read in english, write in enlish just like mylotting. Even though I often make mistakes, I do not afraid of speaking out or writing down now. How about you? How do you overcome it finally? Plz tell us your story! Thank you!
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@LadyDuck (171155)
• Switzerland
2 Sep 15
This is the same all over the world, teachers are unable to teach the exact pronunciation. I have learned English in school in Italy, I was lucky my teacher was British so I was pretty comfortable in speaking English.
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• China
2 Sep 15
How wonderful it would be if I was taught by foreign teacher when i was in middle school! Anyway, Congratulations! Hope you can help more people with your native speaker level!
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@LadyDuck (171155)
• Switzerland
2 Sep 15
@Bill00Ben I try to teach to my niece. I also lived 25 years in France, so French is my second language.
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@owstalaga (4570)
• Philippines
2 Sep 15
Oh I see, so now they teach English in China schools eh? Interesting. In high school I used to think I was good in speaking English until I encountered some Mormons and got tongue tied because I couldn't translate the words I was thinking into English. How embarrassing. Anyway I've improved a lot since then. And I'm trying to learn Spanish now so I should just go about my business....
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• China
2 Sep 15
@owstalaga Go Go Go! You can make it! Good luck! Thank you for replying, happy mylotting!
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@cahaya1983 (10039)
• Malaysia
2 Sep 15
I wouldn't say afraid, but I was nervous when I was about to speak publicly for the first time. I think it takes a lot of practice and reading to build up confidence. I'm still learning a lot of things too. English is actually pretty fun! :)
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• China
2 Sep 15
Thank you for replying. In Malaysia, Is English the official language? For all I know, you shall learn several kinds of language: Malay, English, even Chinese. That is a really tough task. Proud of you! Happy mylotting!