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