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Speaking English on the phone makes me nervous. To be honest, I sometimes get nervous whenever I make a call and speak English.I like to speak English, however it's difficult for me to talk with someone without looking at his/her face.I'm getting used to that but it seems likely to take long. I know one of the reasons is that I'm not confident in my English speaking skill...

If your situation was the same as mine, how did you overcome that?

May 31, 2018 1:39 PM
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I didn't speak with a native English speaker till i was 21 years old. I definitely felt nervous about my shortcomings in speech initially. Because while i could speak perfect English inside my head, the words wouldn't want to come out. Generally over time, i learned to not feel embarrassed and afraid if i made a mistake, because i realized it's not my native language. I kept stumbling and stumbling before i finally finessed my conversation skills to the point, where i can definitely hold my own in a conversation if needed. So, my general advice would be to keep going and talk more even if you stutter in between, because stuttering is a building block to fluency. You'll learn to not make the same mistake twice. 


Edit: Also be aware that the person on the other side of the phone is not a monster, who will gobble you up if you make a mistake in English. People generally understand and are willing to compromise for 2nd Language shortcomings. 

May 31, 2018
Thank you!

Yesterday I asked my co-worker so many times to repeat that lol. Well, but I just have to keep on going.

May 31, 2018
In my classroom, I always tell my students to take their time and don't forget to breathe! No need to to get every word in at once. It's good that you continue to face people. 
May 31, 2018
That‘s perfectly normal in learning a foreign language. We understand what a person says, from what I’ve heard, to a large degree from visual clues we get from watching a person speaking in our early stages of learning a foreign language. . You lose all those clues on the phone. When your speaking and listening skills improve you’ll get over that.  
May 31, 2018