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How to start talking freely? For me, there is always a kind of psychological barrier, which stops me to talk without thinking of every single word or expression. How to start talking freely without thinking how bad my language skills are? 
Mar 14, 2018 6:59 PM
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Hi!

If you can find someone who can scaffold you through oral drilling of very simple sentences to slightly more complex structures ... varying the verb and then the subject and then some noun later in the sentence and then switch from a statement to a yes / no question and then back to the statement, and then make it into a WH question, and then back to the statement (say it again, say it again, one more time, one more time) ... this works very well.

It's most satisfying and effective if your interlocutor insists on accuracy of every phoneme (e.g. final s, third person s, articles, every syllable of every word) because this is an exercise in accuracy.  If your interlocutor can get the timing right in knowing when to level up the sentence (and how, and where) and then dial it back down ... this is a very enjoyable oral fluency exercise.  You don't do it for an hour -- you do it for 3 minutes here and then a few minutes later in a conversation.

http://esl.fis.edu/teachers/fis/scaffold/page1.htm

March 14, 2018
That's a terrific question. It depends on your language level. If you're at C2 (I've caved in and stop resisting changing my old-fashioned ways by rejecting the A-C "levels") it  could be a little different but two things help. The objective is not to care or let it bother you what other people think.  But, that's much easier said than done because we always want to please and impress people with our language skills. That's the rub. So, here's two ways to approach it. 1) Consider mistakes a language learning experience. Rather than seeing it as a set back, treat it as a step forward. It's a chance to improve. You've now learned something and improved, which is a good thing.  It's also a good idea to carry 3 or more language dictionary- apps on your iPhone or smartphone with you to check words and, most importantly, their proper use in their target language. 2) Remember that if you make a speaking mistake with one person, that's only one person out of millions and millions of native speakers of that language who never heard or will hear that mistake. Who cares if you messed up with only one or two people out of multi-millions out there? Why does it matter? Just keep that stuff in mind and it will help you see making mistakes as normal and a positive learning experience for you, and will help you be confident, and help you progress in your important goal of not worrying what other people think. 
March 14, 2018
It is rly hard to do) Just need to start think in Englsih) and BE sure ppl will understand u even if u wont use grammar)
March 14, 2018
Don't think.Just talk.Learn phrases always,not individual words.
March 14, 2018
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