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  • Sometimes, when we're learning a language, we can feel very frustrated.

  • Despite all the hours that we're putting in and all of the hard work that we're doing,

  • when it comes to actually speaking the language, it can sometimes come out stuttered, full of mistakes,

  • and sound like we're not really that good.

  • This can lead to a lot of self-doubt.

  • It can lead us to ask questions like: 'Can I really learn this language?' or

  • 'Have I perhaps reached my limit?'

  • The way to start speaking a language more fluently and more proficiently is just to practise speaking it.

  • Practise, practise and practise again.

  • Here are some tips that you can use to get more practice at speaking the language.

  • So, the first one is: Get a conversation partner.

  • You can find a lot of people who will be happy to practise languages with you online.

  • Or, otherwise, if you go to a meetup group

  • or a student event, I'm sure you will find plenty of people who you can practise your languages with.

  • If you don't know where to find a conversation partner,

  • the other thing you could do is start to talk to yourself.

  • Or, if you're not comfortable talking to yourself in public, just think to yourself.

  • Start narrating to yourself what you're doing and working out

  • what things you're comfortable describing and what things you're not yet comfortable talking about.

  • Then, when you go home, you'll be able to fill in those vocabulary gaps,

  • and the next day try again.

  • The third thing you can do is to learn vocabulary like you want to use it

  • So, instead of just learning the word for 'door', why not learn it in a phrase

  • like 'open the door', 'close the door' or 'behind the door'.

  • That means that, when you need to talk about things like that,

  • you're immediately going to have phrases that you can start using.

  • Finally, whenever you learn a new grammar point or anything really in the language,

  • always think about how you could use this.

  • Imagine a scenario in which you'd use it naturally, with friends, as part of your normal life,

  • and then immediately you'll find that what you're learning theoretically

  • will be much more applicable to your speaking of the language.

  • Share your language-learning tips and experiences by leaving a comment below,

  • and make sure you check out the other videos in this series.

Sometimes, when we're learning a language, we can feel very frustrated.

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    Chamber posted on 2016/01/26
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