If you’re attending our English language school in Hawaii, likely you’ve learned a lot about what to do when you’re learning to speak this new language – but what about those things you shouldn’t do? Yes, there are some things that can actually inhibit your ability to speak fluently. These are the things you don’t want to do when speaking in the English language.
Never be ashamed, even if you don’t speak English well. So you’re around people whose native language is English; should that make you nervous or ashamed? Of course not! They probably couldn’t speak your native language fluently, either, so believe in yourself and do your best. Practice is what it’s all about, and the more you do it, the better you’ll become.
Never say you’re sorry you don’t speak English better. Whether you’re at the beginner or intermediate level, most people are understanding and even impressed that you’re making the effort to learn English. Whatever level you’re at, you will only become more fluent with the language, pronunciation, etc.
When people don’t understand you, don’t take it to heart. People speak English all around the globe, and you’re bound to come across some who don’t understand what you’re saying, regardless of your efforts to speak clearly. From American, Irish, and Australian accents to dozens of others, there will be occasions on which someone has difficulty understanding what you’re saying. On the reverse side, some people who aren’t native English speakers will be less advanced than you are, which means they may not understand everything you say either. Realize that you’re making progress, and that, depending on what area of the world they’re from, some aren’t used to hearing English spoken a certain way.
Comparing yourself to others who speak English should be avoided. Perhaps you’re engaged in a conversation with another person who is learning to speak English, or you’re talking to a friend whose native language is English. Naturally you’re not going to be as clear as a native speaker, and some who are learning will be at a different level than you are, whether beginner or advanced. People learn at different paces. Some catch on fast, others are slower. Take pride in your accomplishments and the fact that you’re far beyond the point you were at when you began. It’s a struggle and you’ve worked hard, so leave the comparisons aside and be proud of the progress you have made.
ICC is an English language school in Hawaii, dedicated to helping you achieve your best, regardless of age or the purpose of learning to speak English – whether for communication, teaching, career opportunities, or for your own personal satisfaction. Let us help you reach your goals as an English language student while exploring our culture, having fun, and making new friends!