No words when I need them Hi everybody, I wonder if I am the only one with this problem - when having a conversation (I have started with French conversation recently) I don´t remember words I could use. But after the lesson even a day later the whole sentences start to appear in my head! This is so irritating! What can I do about it? Is it only a matter of practice?
Apr 21, 2017 6:24 AM
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Butka, I am in your team)))

To eliminate this annoying frustration I started  dedicating  a lot of time to my... writing. Yes, At first sight  It sounds odd. But spending much time on  writing (I mean writing a long meaningful texts ,  that causes maximum of my  concentration on sentence-building ) helped  me to construct my sentences in foreign language faster. Moreover , after such a practice  finding appropriate words during a CONVERSATION  became easier. Sometimes it is useful  to write without help of Internet because all necessary vocabulary we  already have and  what we need is just to find a proper word in our  heads.

April 22, 2017

Oh, sure. I am highly articulate when I talk to myself. It's only when I talk to people that I struggle finding synonyms, ending up repeating the same basic words over and over.

I think that's because when I talk to others I assume they won't wait for my finding the best words and double checking if they are the right ones. And it is so despite that I honestly don't care that much for avoiding mistakes. It's the pressure to talk fast that makes me use the words that pop up first. And these are usually just a few most commonly used (by me) phrases.

I believe practice is the solution here. Each conversation brings new words, even if just a few, that you used, so if you go on using them, they will become your "go to" words when you speak next time.

April 21, 2017
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Once again, you are not the only one dealing with that problem. I think it's something normal. I'm used to having the same problem, but I would say that its intensity has decreased a lot. How? Wel, because I have included in my study routine the habit of reading different types of readings, then I can learn more words and refresh others that I don't use as often. It has worked for me, maybe it can work for you as well.

P.S. Read aloud, it also will help you to improve your pronunciation. 

April 22, 2017

Dear Jana,

I am currently experiencing the exact same thing in Portuguese.

My advice would be : breathe and no pressure (no nail biting).

Plus I am sure your teacher is patient so no worry... :)

April 22, 2017


Do you have what's app or telegram for learning English?

June 7, 2017
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