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How To Be More Confident With Your Language Learning

When it comes to speaking English or any second language, it's common to lack confidence. This article provides you with practical solutions to overcoming your linguistic nerves.

Feb 13, 2018 12:00 AM
Comments · 14
Excellent apologia for not apologizing when it comes to speaking a foreign language. I found this article very helpful. Your tips reminded me of a German proverb: “Nur wer nichts tut, macht keine Fehler”. Not sure if I can translate that adequately. Maybe something along those lines: „Only people who do nothing make no mistakes“.
February 13, 2018

Lots of good advice here.

I also ask my students not to apologize for their errors, but it's a difficult habit to break, isn't it, because you feel you might anger or insult that person if you use their language wrong (and sometimes you will!) . I tell them "a mistake is only something that hasn't become automatic yet...why apologize for that?" 

Dreaming: I have never dreamt in a foreign language despite having lived in a totally German-speaking environment for a longer period of time. I spoke only German all day, and dreamt only in English at night. Now I'm fluent in German. learn several other languages.... and still only dream in English. What does that say? 

Also, lots of us want to rush ahead to fluency without taking the time to swim around in the basics until we have them down perfect. It's good to see someone encouraging people to do that, and resist the pressure to constantly ask "When will I be fluent?" or "How long do I have to learn until I can put C2 on my resumé?"  Questions which have no answer and are counterproductive to learning. 

February 13, 2018
I loved the previous article and this one was fantastic too! Keep sharing your articles because you have been motivated us a lot to persevere in acquiring a second language. .Thank you, Ilene Springer!
February 13, 2018
Absolutely Brilliant.  I pretty much agree with everything said. Well worth a read.
February 13, 2018
OK, Yiddish is not a dialect of German, but not so important. A funny and indpiring story! It makes sense that she could speak in English about something she watched in English (and maybe even could not describe in Yiddish as easily?). Interesting idea that not knowing a language brings secondary benefits.
February 16, 2018
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Ilene Springer
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English, French, Hebrew
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