The hardest step: Dare to speak in a foreign language

Here, I could tell you about my own experience. I have recently given classes, as a French teacher.

The classes took place in a restaurant owned by a French guy, in a very friendly atmosphere, and were followed by about 20 persons. One of the thing I have noticed during those classes is that the shyness was not the main reason preventing people (Americans) to talk in French.

Many people had facial expressions showing how few they were ease with speaking in front of people, but they did the effort.

Why? Because they knew that their French skills were better than others’ ones, therefore they had no problem to try to improve them, even with 20 people staring at them.

Oppositely, people with weak French skills were ashamed to try to speak, and to communicate in French, even if they were the ones who needed it the most.

You might be put in the same situation while having experiences abroad. Indeed, it is very hard to perfectly master a foreign language, only a very few people are able to do it, often after many and many years learning, reading and speaking it.

Not to try is the worst mistake you could possible make. It won’t change the status of the problem, it could even make the situation worst.

On the other hand, to dare to speak in a foreign language means to give you the opportunity to learn it through the most efficient way. In addition to the listening sills improvements, you will develop the ability to speak faster and to be more reactive.

To be able to fluently speak a foreign language means that you will give you the best opportunity to discover the local culture as well as possible.

Indeed, you won’t be ashamed to speak to a random person anymore, what implies that you won’t hesitate to ask any question you might have, and consequently, find the most appropriate answer to it, thanks to the most appropriate person to answer it.

As soon as you feel confident, what is in general traduced by the ability to be understood anytime, independently of what you’re saying, the foreign country in which you are doesn’t look like so… foreign anymore.

Because this is the final aim, to feel like at home, abroad.

3 thoughts on “The hardest step: Dare to speak in a foreign language

  1. Pingback: The hardest step: Dare to speak in a foreign language | EducationHeat

  2. Randall

    Hi there Francois K. It’s always so inspiring to hear about other students’ experiences with study abroad. There is no better motivation I can think of! And considering all the pointers you could get in reading all those stories. Great treat, indeed.

  3. steve

    Extraly, sometime even we know how to write but when we face the situation need us to speak the foreign language, we find we are in the hard situation. Based on these weakness, i think when we are studing, we can practise the language, such as go the Language Corner, go to travel abroad if it is nessary. Beside that, i also recommend to use some language learning software to assist us to study the foreign language such as rossetta stone (http://www.rosettastone-languages.com/). By all this effort, i think when we are good enough to speak the foreign languages.

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