5 tips to gain confidence when speaking English

Confidence is definitely the key to success. It’s something everyone needs in order to pitch their ideas, thoughts or articulate their views. Some people just naturally seem to have it. For the rest of us, it’s something we need to develop over time.

1. Speak in front of the mirror and record your voice

I know listening to your voice recordings is not very pleasing and most of us don’t like it a bit but this practice is very useful. Record your answers and listen to the way you pronounce words and how your voice sounds. You can then compare it to the previous recordings to keep a track of your performance. The more you practice the more confidence you will gain.

2. Listen and imitate

If you’re unsure how to be confident while speaking English, one of the best ways to learn is to watch other people speak and the best source would be movies and series. Listen to native speakers. Try listening not just to what the words mean, but to how the person says them and try to mimic them. You can select a segment or some dialogues and imitate them.

3. Read articles or novels

Reading out loud can be a very useful technique as you might get the practice for pronunciation and gain confidence. It benefits in numerous ways like it increases vocabulary, challenges your use of intonations and improves overall listening and reading skills. You can also record yourself while reading the material and review it.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Sometimes it can be difficult to put all those grammar rules and words together into a simple sentence. Don’t let the fear of fumbling or saying something wrong stop you from speaking at all. Even if it is embarrassing and you think you’re making a mistake, keep speaking anyway. It might be difficult but this is the first step to gain confidence. Most of the time, even if you make mistakes people will still understand what you’re trying to say. Plus, the more you speak, the better it gets, and the faster the right words will come to mind.

5. Use It or Lose It

There’s an expression in English: “Use it or lose it,” which basically means if you don’t practice an ability, you would possibly forget it. This idea can be used to help you remember new words. The best way to remember a new word is to use it right away and use it repeatedly so it will stay in your memory. When you learn a new word, try to say it in sentences a couple of times over the next week and you’ll never forget it. You can set a target and learn a new word every week and use it for a week and move to the next word.

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