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hello everyone and welcome back to
english with Lucy. Today I'm going to talk to you about confidence.
Confidence is something that a lot of language learners lack.
i know because i myself
speak some other languages and when i
was learning them i really felt quite shy at times.
And I could have used a video by someone to give me a boost.
So this is what I want to do for you.
Today I've got five tips that I can give
you that will help you learn to speak more confidently more fluently.
And I really hope that my tips will motivate
you a bit more so that you can really
learn English with lots of enthusiasm.
Now I've got an Instagram account and i
like to chat with my students on there.
And this morning I posted a video asking
my current students what made them feel
more confident when speaking english and
i got lots of replies and at the end of the video.
I'm going to show some of
those replies to you and see if you can
relate with them see if you disagree or agree.
I think it's really important to get opinions and information from people who are learning English right now.
They're just like you in the same situation.
So a little bit about me first.
So obviously i am English with Lucy, I am
an English teacher and I have been
teaching for over three years now.
Its my love it's my passion it's what I want to
do for the rest of my life.
Now part of the reason that I enjoy teaching so much
is because i have also been through the language learning experience.
I've been through it with Spanish I now speak fluent spanish.
y si me quereis ver hablando en pues podeis ver este video aqui que grabe hablando de los errores que he cometido en español.
Right so let's get started with the tips.
The first and most important tip i can give you is
laugh at yourself,
have a sense of humor,
don't take it too seriously.
On this channel I like to laugh I like to have
fun and sometimes I will sort of make fun of the errors that my students normally make
and this is because I want them to get used to laughing at their own errors.
Enjoy your errors your errors are not bad
and if you can laugh at them,
it will make the learning experience so much more pleasant.
Now my teaching methods aren't for
everyone, for every 99 positive comments
I will receive a negative one saying you
shouldn't laugh at your students.
You're a terrible teacher. Now I can laugh at your
errors but i can also laugh at mine and
I do so frequently. So that's why I include
the outtakes at the end of some of my videos
and that's why i filmed my perra choriza video which is actually in Spanish
but it's of me talking about
these stupid ridiculous hilarious errors that i made in Spanish.
I once asked for a penis Caesar salad. I once also made an
awful mistake in an ice cream shop.
The word for a cone of ice cream is un cono
de helado and the word for vagina in spanish is coño.
And I think you can probably
imagine what i asked for un coño de helado.
yeah I was kind of embarrassed in the moment.
But now i can laugh about it and
it's a great story to tell.
I always find that if you're finding it
hard to have a good conversation with someone that's also learning another
language while a really good way of starting a conversation is
by talking about the errors that you've made with learning languages.
It's always a really good conversation starter for me.
Now number two is all about your mistakes again.
So we're not just laughing about them.
We are intentionally making them.
I want you to make mistakes. I know many
students that would go long periods of
time avoiding making certain mistakes.
They are trying to achieve 100-percent perfection.
I want you to laugh at your mistakes,
learn from them and move on.
Mistakes are essential even in English.
I make mistakes and you guys love pointing them out.
So you need to accept your
mistakes learn from them love them and move on.
Okay number three is pretend that you are confident.
When i started teaching english,
i was only nineteen and I remember walking into
classrooms of 20 to 30 adults nervous
low-level adults in Spain.
And just thinking wow I am the youngest person in this room.
I have to get this group of
scary scary adults to trust me and
believe what I'm saying and and listen
to me and also to respect me. And I never
really felt truly nervous before in my
life but walking into big classrooms
especially on the first day was nerve-racking.
It was ... it made me really
nervous and really anxious. And I found
that the best way of gaining confidence
was to pretend I was confident.
I hadn't been teaching for long.
I didn't have much experience but I
tried my best. I prepared hard and I
walked in held my head high and I spoke
to everyone confidently and I really
pretended that I knew what I was doing
more than I actually did.
And this actually created real confidence not
only in me but in my students.
I looked as if I knew what I was doing and they
trusted me and respected me.
And once I'd spent enough time pretending I was confident,
I actually started feeling genuinely confident.
Though I had real confidence but it came from that initial
fake confidence. So how can we apply this
to your language learning.
Well when you're speaking English hide those
nerves body language is key. Pretend that
you know what you're talking about,
don't be arrogant but show that you are
not afraid and people will trust you,
listen to you. Pretend that you're confident
Ok number four and this is something that I really really believe in.
And this is talk to yourself. I always talk to
myself in the language that I'm learning.
And it really serves as a preparation
for when you're in situations in which you will need to use the language.
The main things that I like to practice on my anecdotes,
the stories that you typically tell to each new person, you meet
things that you generally say on a weekly or daily basis.
It's also good to practice funny stories that you think will make people laugh.
Because you want them to come out in the right way.
So if you're a lower-level make sure you
practice your daily conversations.
How are you, how's the weather, what your hobbies are,
what you do for a living.
And if you're a more advanced learner
make sure you talk to yourself about funny
anecdotes, your life story, things that
happened to you that were interesting,
observations about other people's cultures.
When you give a presentation for university or for work.
You don't just wing it you don't just walk up and speak.
You practice it so it should be
the same for these stories as well.
Number five immerse yourself .
And you can take whatever you want from this immersion.
In my case would be going to the country
of the language you're learning and living there,
integrating yourself into the society,
into the culture just absorbing the language
and the feeling and the in the atmosphere
that for me is the best form of immersion.
Now that isn't possible for everyone.
Immersion for you might be a narrow week
in a language academy, it might be a
language exchange with a native speaker,
it might be an online language exchange with another English Learner,
it might be watching an episode of your favorite TV
show in English with english subtitles every night.
But in order to build your
confidence you need to get used to
listening in English. So you need to find
the right immersion technique for you
There is always a solution.
We have a brilliant saying in English called:
where there's a will there's a way.
So when you intend to do something
there's a way of doing it.
And if you want to find a way of
immersing yourself into english or the
language that you're learning, there is a way.
Now I want to read a few of these
suggestions from my students on Instagram.
And one I really like and not
all of you are going to like this.
This is from Ilich from Venezuela and he says
hello, I believe that drinking is the way to get more confidence.
I went to Brighton for a year and the best classroom was the pub.
Brilliant! Look, Ilich has really made the most of his situation.
He was in brighton he immersed himself and he found native speakers
Micarla from Brazil that she likes watching movies without subtitles.
Again it's that immersion technique i was talking to you about.
Alejandra for a mexico has a really good piece of advice.
People should not be afraid to ask natives when they don't know how to say something.
It's the way that I've increased my
vocabulary and improve my pronunciation.
And of course your videos help.
Haha! That's sweet and yeah I had that is absolutely right.
Muhammad has also got some really good advice.
He says speak English with your close friends.
Yeah you can speak English with people you trust.
He also says to imagine yourself in different daily situations in which you have to speak English.
Again it's that talking to yourself technique that i mentioned before.
Paco says the more he speaks with natives the more confident he feels.
And yes it's the immersion again.
Roy says get a girlfriend who is a native speaker.
Yes if you can manage that that's fantastic but make
sure you're with her for the right reason.
Hectore says speak slowly at first and then build up.
Absolutely i completely agree with Hectore.
Ok guys that is it for today's
class I really hope that it's helped you
and I really hope that you feel slightly more motivated.
Now don't forget to
connect with me on all of my social
media and I will see you again soon for another lesson.
Alright big kiss and I will see you soon.


How to speak English CONFIDENTLY | My Top 5 Tips

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