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Hi guys, today I'm going to be talking about how to build up your confidence in
speaking English if you've learnt it as a foreign language. Coming from someone who's learnt English
as a foreign language, I know it's not easy and you constantly doubt yourself
especially if you feel like your level of English is still not where you want it to be.
And I've struggled with it for a while, whilst I built up my confidence to speak English,
but nowadays I find that I can communicate and I can speak to other native speakers of English
without feeling too intimidated. I still would feel intimidated if I had to go and have
a conversation with the Queen or Prime Minister, but I think that, overall,
on day-to-day life, day-to-day situations I feel very confident speaking English
The only times where I struggle still is talking on the phone, because although
I understand everything and I know that people understand me, I still feel that
pressure that I can't see the person that I'm talking to.
So I'm hoping to give you some tips and maybe kind of point you in the right direction
of helping you build your own confidence and to feel like you've got this,
that you don't have to be scared, you don't have to be afraid.
Just by sharing some of my experiences and things that have helped me.
So if you don't know anything about me and you just stumbled upon this video,
my name is Ysis, I'm originally from Brazil and I live in the UK, I've been living here for the last
nearly seven years now and I learnt English as a foreign language in Brazil,
so when I came here I already knew I'd say ninety percent of the English
that I know now, but I've spoken about my story and my background on previous videos before,
so I won't bore you with the details again. I'll just leave my English Language playlist here
for you to go and have a look at my previous videos, and they have helped a lot of people out there
which I'm really happy about, so I'm hoping to make some more videos
which will be even more helpful to you all.
My first kind of general tip to help build your confidence to make you
feel more comfortable speaking English as a foreign language is to remember
that everybody is going to make mistakes in every language, either it be English
Spanish, Portuguese. If you're a native
speaker, if you're a foreign speaker, if you are
student, if you are teacher, even if you're
the most professional speaker of a
language, you will still make mistakes,
and so you're not gonna be the only
person in that conversation in that
situation making mistakes. Making grammar
mistakes, making speaking mistakes,
making kind of like pronunciation
mistakes. I make mistakes all the time,
and if they were to stop me from feeling
confidence and carrying on a
conversation, I would never have become
fluent in English, and that is something
that I think I had to accept before I
moved on and decided “You know what?
even though I'm making some mistakes, it
doesn't mean that I have a bad level of
English, it doesn't mean that I can't
speak English.
It just means that i will get over these
mistakes and the people that I'm talking
to, they still understand me, and they will.
I think you have to remember as
well that people are not as critical and
judgmental of your own english as you are.
That was a huge problem for me. I'm a big
perfectionist, so it was a big issue for
me when I knew had made a mistake. When I
knew that I didn't know something, I felt
as though people were judging me just as
harshly as I judged myself.
So just remember that the majority of people are
not going to judge you for your mistakes.
Also if you make YouTube videos, and you
put yourself out there, and you're
worried that people are mocking you or
that they are talking about your accent
as being funny or weird, or that they
don't think you know enough English,
just remember that you're the only person
that has the right to analyze your level
of English, that other people's
perception of your English doesn't
matter as much as long as you're happy,
that you're progressing, that you're
doing well that you're being understood,
and that's all that matters.
I get a lot of lovely comments from you
guys on my english videos, complimenting
me on the level of my English and my accent, and all
of these things which are all really
nice to hear and really important to me,
because I put a lot of effort and time
and money into learning English as a
foreign language and becoming fluent, so
it means a lot to me when people say
your English is really good. And, but I
also get a few comments from people here
on YouTube saying that my English is
nothing special, that my accent is
rubbish, that... you know, just people
criticizing basically the way that I speak.
I know it's their opinion and
they're entitled to it, but it doesn't
mean that I have to agree with them, and
it doesn't mean that their opinion is
the truth, or that it's more important than
what I think about myself. So, don't let
the fear of being judged knock you down
and feel like you can't progress with
your English level, if you know what I
mean. My second tip is to stop treating
yourself as a student, and that's
something that I still do till this day,
and I've got to kind of like... stop myself
when I'm doing it because it's really
counterproductive, and what I mean by
this is that sometimes when I'm talking
to someone about something that I don't
have a great knowledge of, I kind of give
people a bit of a disclaimer, and I say
oh English is not my first language, and...
you know, if I make a few mistakes here
and there... and although that does lighten
up the mood of the conversation,
it already brings my own confidence down,
because I feel like the person that I'm
talking to is that a higher level than me
If I just believed in myself,
that conversation would have flowed a lot
more equally. It's not so much about how
the person feels, it is about how I feel
towards the person that I'm talking to.
So, I mean general day-to-day
conversations it's fine to be humbling
to say: oh I don't know this or I don't
know much about that or my English is
not very good in that particular field
but I think it's kind of like a way to
bring your own confidence down, is not a
good thing to do. Don't kind of discard
your own level of English just because
you're a student and you're a foreign
speaker. My third tip is to not play it
safe.
Try your best to use those words that you're
not confident about, because they are the
ones that are going to give you the
confidence that you need. Get stuck into
the difficult conversations. Don't shy
away from them
You'll have plenty of everyday basic
conversations with things like "how you
doing?" and "what's your day been like?" and
"what's the weather like?" and "what's your
name?" and "where are you from?" You need to
step up and get out of that kind of
comfort zone and going to questions
there are a little bit trickier. To me it
was talking about things that I knew
really well in Portuguese but I wasn't
confident I knew enough of my vocabulary
in English. Things like talking about law,
which is my background and talking about
politics and something that I'm really
interested in. I used to shy away from
those conversations, because I thought my
level of English wasn't good enough to
carry on a conversation on that topic.
But now I find that if I just push
myself and I fight... just dive into the
deep end and ask a question on that
topic, and just see how I go, that, I feel
a lot more confident. I know that i've
already had seven years living in the UK,
which has obviously boosted my
confidence a lot, and boosted my fluency
a lot, but I'm giving tips based on the
the things that I think helped me the
most to feel confident. My next tip is
to pay a great deal of attention to the
questions that you're being asked,
because often the answers to these
questions will be in the questions themselves.
If you're talking to someone
for the first time and they're asking
your questions about yourself, about your
work about general things,
and you're kind of like having a mild panic attack,
because you're thinking, "oh my god what
if i don't know the answer to what
they're asking me, especially if it's
something important like a job interview
Just a really great attention to the
questions, and you'll be able to find
usually a little bit of the answer or a
clue of what the answer is with within
the question. And to keep this short and
sweet, I'm going to move onto my last tip,
because i don't want to bore you any longer,
this video is going to be too long otherwise.
And so my last tip is to
not worry too much about grammar, and
I've touched on this probably on all of
my previous English tips videos, because
I think it
so important to remind ourselves as
students of english as a foreign
language, that grammar is important for
building up your vocabulary, for building
up your language in your head but
grammar is not the most important thing
of a conversation in English. I think a
good understanding good listening skills
good pronunciation, all of these things
go hand in hand with grammar. If you get
too stuck on your grammar and wanting to
get every single sentence perfectly,
you're not going to flow in a
conversation. You're going to doubt
yourself a lot, you're going to think
that people are not understanding you
because you kind of like misplaced or
mispronounced something. I still
struggled a lot with the in on at, and
make a lot of mistakes when it comes to
these three.
It's just a block on my brain that
prevents me from learning. They used to
kind of like give myself such a hard
time for not knowing those three
perfectly
Nowadays, I know I've probably made about
20 mistakes in this video with regards
to in on and at, and with regards to other
things as well, but I'm sure that the
majority of you have been able to
understand me, and even thought that I
have a good level of English, even though
I know I made those mistakes.
So don't get stuck on your grammar thinking that
that is the most important or the one
thing that you've got to get right in.
Most everyday situations you're not
going to need perfect grammar to feel
confident and be understood in English
So that wraps up my tips on building up
your confidence and speaking English as
a foreign language. I hope this video was
helpful to you, and if it was make sure
to give this video a thumbs up so that I
know you guys have found in these videos
helpful. And don't forget to subscribe to
my channel so that you don't miss my
future videos. And if you have any tips,
or suggestions of topics that you would
like me to talk about, or videos that
you'd like me to make on the topic of
english-speaking, then leave it on the
comments below and make sure to check
them out.
I hope you're all having a great day and
I'll see you very soon. Bye.
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