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  • Hi, welcome to England.com.

  • I'm Adam today, I want to talk to you about speaking speaking in English and how you can become better speakers.

  • These are very general tips, but I'll start by saying that I have been teaching English for almost 20 years.

  • I have taught in four different countries.

  • I have taught students of dozens of nationalities, so I've seen all kinds of things and I discovered all kinds of reasons why people don't speak well or don't speak at all.

  • Okay, now the number one cause of not speaking is fear.

  • So one of the things we're gonna have to work on first is getting rid of your fear of speaking.

  • So I'm going to give you a few general tips on what you can do to become better english speakers and keep in mind, this applies to any language you're going to learn if you're learning how to speak spanish, this will help you become better spanish speakers.

  • If you're learning how to speak Russian, this will make it better Russian speakers.

  • Okay, so that's a few things to keep in mind based on my interaction with students.

  • Now I've put number one out, left it blank for now because I just want to give you guys a chance to think what is tip number one.

  • If you've watched my videos before, you probably already know what I'm going to say, but you know, say it for yourself, say it out loud anyway, it's good to say out loud.

  • Okay, tip number one, if you want to become a better english speaker or better english writer, reader etcetera, relax, learn how to relax when it comes to using a different language.

  • Okay, when you are relaxed, your brain functions more efficiently, your ideas come together more easily.

  • Everything it works when you're in a panic, nothing really really registers because everything your brain is, again, it's in self defense mode.

  • When you're in a panic, your brain thinks there's something wrong and it's sending all kinds of ideas into your head to try to fix whatever the perceived problem is right.

  • If you're relaxed, you're putting all your ideas together.

  • Your thing comes out more naturally.

  • Next part of being relaxed, means to be confident, be confident in yourself.

  • Now I know that a lot of people and I've experienced this with tons and tons of students, a lot of people think that somebody who's not speaking well might be an idiot, that's not the case.

  • A lack of language does not equal a lack of intelligence.

  • Okay now if I go to china and I try to speak chinese to people, I'm going to sound like an idiot.

  • Does that mean I'm an idiot?

  • No, it means I don't know chinese, I can learn chinese, I can practice chinese and eventually I will be a good chinese speaker, but at the beginning I'm going to sound like an idiot.

  • Okay, so that's the one thing along with being confident, there's one thing I want everybody to understand and I know you know this, but I will say it to you anyway.

  • There's only one person on this planet who is qualified to judge you.

  • Of course employers can judge your qualifications for a job.

  • Uh Sports coach can judge your qualifications or your skills to be on a sports team etcetera.

  • Only one person in the world can judge you as a person and that one person is you.

  • So it doesn't matter what other people think about you, it doesn't matter what other people think about the way you're speaking, you know who you are, you know what you are, you know where you are in your learning process.

  • So don't worry about what other people think.

  • Now another thing when you go and again, this is a part of people's human nature, but if you go to another country and you will meet some people, some locals, some of them will be patient, some of them will not, some of them will look at you like struggling with the language and not want to talk to you.

  • Some of them will try to help you.

  • Okay, don't worry about what people think.

  • If somebody is not nice to you, go to the next person and try again.

  • But again, the very important know your audience know who you're talking to now, if you're gonna try to basically put together a good sentence, if you're gonna try to improve your english, there are people you're going to try hard to have a good sentence with and there are people you're just going to try to get an idea across.

  • Okay, let me give you an example.

  • If you're getting on a bus, you go to new york city, your english is still a little bit high beginner, Low intermediate, you're getting on a bus in New york city.

  • Don't try to tell the bus driver a perfect sentence, don't try to make your question perfect.

  • Just get the idea across.

  • Let me give you an anecdote.

  • Okay, A little story from my experience, I lived in Tokyo for for a bunch of years and at the beginning, I'm a very adventurous, sorry, I'm a very adventurous guy.

  • I like to travel around, you know, I like to go get lost in the city and find my way back, so I would go get lost.

  • I had very few words then in japanese and I got lost in this one little town in you know like one of the little suburb of Tokyo and I was getting a little bit tired and I wanted to go home so I didn't know where the train station was, I didn't know which way to go.

  • There's no such thing as northeast southwest, it's just everything is a big sprawl.

  • So I went looking for a japanese person, you know one who wouldn't run away from me because they didn't want to practice their english.

  • I found a Japanese person who would stop and listen to me and I would say assuming my son then sadako, that's all I would say excuse me, train where and of course this person would point out the way or even walk me to the train station, I get on the train and I go home, I take a nap, I'm happy, right?

  • But if I were so worried about getting a full sentence, like saying the full sentence perfectly, excuse me, can you tell me how I can get to the train station?

  • I would still be lost in that little suburb today.

  • I went I got my message across, I got home, so I'm actually gonna jump around with all these tips, build vocab first, vocabulary is the most important thing you can do in terms of learning english.

  • A lot of people worry so much about the grammar that they can't put together a sentence and they get panicked and they get nervous, so let me actually stick onto the vocab a little bit.

  • I want to give you an analogy, okay, like I'm going to compare learning english to doing something else, let's say you want to build a model house and you have you know those lot of the popsicle sticks, little sticks, you have some glue and you're gonna glue all your sticks together and you're gonna build yourself a house.

  • Okay I want you to think of the sticks, the little wooden sticks, okay there you kinda you know you have all these sticks, you can, the doctor has them and your popsicles haven't you have all these things, the sticks are vocabulary, The glue is grammar now imagine trying to build a house and all you have is glue and you're putting glue everywhere and all you have is like a sticky fingers of sticky hands and a big mess.

  • If all you have is vocabulary and no grammar you can build, you can still build somewhat something that looks like a house.

  • Grammar gets you, nothing vocabulary gets you something of course you want to have both together at the end, so you can have good english.

  • So don't worry about just having vocabulary.

  • Throw out your few words.

  • Use your hands, use your face, use things around you get your message across but be confident and know who you're talking to if the person doesn't seem to be patient.

  • Okay.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Go to somebody else, go to somebody sitting in a park, enjoying the sunshine.

  • Hi, would you like to talk?

  • Yeah sure.

  • Let's have a conversation.

  • Bus driver in new york.

  • Don't think about it.

  • Don't assume anything.

  • Now.

  • What does it mean to assume to assume means to think something is true without having the facts.

  • So don't assume that everybody's nice.

  • Some people are not nice and that's okay.

  • Walk away from the not nice people.

  • Find yourself a nice person.

  • Don't assume that everybody is going to try to help you.

  • Don't assume that everybody is judging.

  • You don't assume all kinds of things.

  • Don't make assumptions about people.

  • The only thing you need to understand is that you know who you are.

  • You know what you need keep going until you find somebody who will help you.

  • Okay?

  • Now the worst thing you can do and I don't do this, I'm just saying to you now, don't go up to a stranger and say can I practice speaking my english with you?

  • That's not going to work.

  • That person gets nothing out of the deal.

  • If you go to somebody, hi, I'm from wherever country I'm from.

  • Uh you know, can you tell me where something is?

  • It doesn't matter what you say, Start a conversation.

  • If that person is interested, he or she will continue the conversation.

  • But if you go to somebody, can I practice my english with you?

  • Well no, I gotta go back.

  • Okay don't do that.

  • It doesn't work again.

  • Don't try to be perfect.

  • If you were perfect you won't be an english learner, you'd be an english speaker.

  • Remember you're an english learner, you're building up to a certain level.

  • Now another thing to keep in mind do you think that my english that when I speak english with people, I speak perfect english, I don't nobody does.

  • There is no such thing as perfection.

  • I make mistakes.

  • Other native speakers make mistakes right?

  • Perfect is just not necessary.

  • So when you try to create a perfect sentence, all you're doing is thinking too much and not speaking enough just speak, just get whatever ideas.

  • The most important thing is to be understood not to be perfect.

  • Which means that mistakes are good things.

  • If you're not trying to be perfect you're going to make mistakes, mistakes will teach you more english then perfection.

  • If you're perfect you have nothing to learn.

  • If you make mistakes you have something not to repeat.

  • Okay and something to figure out how not to repeat it.

  • Perfection.

  • Perfection doesn't exist.

  • Doesn't help you mistakes.

  • They're good for you.

  • That's how you grow.

  • Okay.

  • And of course the most important thing practice now.

  • How do you practice speaking when there's no when there are no native speakers around you.

  • First of all find a recording or find a tv show or movie or something like ted dot com et cetera where you can listen to talks given by native speakers.

  • Find transcripts.

  • Yeah script see perfect nobody's perfect.

  • Find transcripts for these talks and then just follow them and then record yourself speaking.

  • Then compare your speech to the one you heard.

  • See where the intonation is, where the pace changes pronunciation, all kinds of things.

  • Record yourself again and again and again until you get as close as possible to the native speakers speech.

  • Also record yourself and find out your grammar mistakes.

  • If you find an interview like a news interview or online interview or a tv interview, try to take one side of that interview.

  • So you are the interviewer, ask the person the questions and sort of pretend you're having a conversation with this person.

  • Then switch you.

  • That's the interviewer you are the interviewee, answer the questions and then answer with your own answers if possible.

  • But basically just play play play speak, speak to the mirror, stand in front of the mirror and have a conversation with yourself.

  • You know it's not very comfortable and it's not very interesting but it's practice and as much as possible engage other people.

  • Find native speakers speak to them, find non native speakers speak to them, create a group of your classmates or your friends or your local people.

  • Just don't speak.

  • Now the thing I find very common in language schools, you'll have all the Brazilian students, you have all the korean students and you'll have all the whatever students and they're all staying in the little groups and they're speaking their languages.

  • That doesn't help.

  • Do not speak your language when you don't have to, when you go home, speak at all you want in school, outside, speak the other language and tying all of this together.

  • Be adventurous life is an adventure.

  • If you're trying to make everything perfect all the time, there's no fun.

  • Once in a while, you have to fall flat on your face, right?

  • So that way you can pick yourself, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, grow becomes somebody new, becomes something.

  • You go to different places.

  • If you're going to be afraid of speaking in english, you should probably just stay home right?

  • You don't want to stay home.

  • There's a reason you're learning english.

  • You want to watch movies and understand them.

  • You want to meet new people, you want to go new places, you want to get an education, a job, whatever you're going to have to speak, be adventurous, be confident, relax.

  • Okay, those are my two cents worth of uh tips on how to speak better.

  • I hope that helps you a little bit.

  • If you do have any questions, please go to England dot com in the forum there, you can ask me questions about this or anything about english speaking.

  • There's also sort of a quiz.

  • It's not really equipped, it's more of like a review that you can take their, make sure you understand the points I've made here.

  • I hope you like this video.

  • If you did, please subscribe to my Youtube channel and come back for more tips on how to speak.

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