7 THINGS NOT TO DO WHEN SPEAKING ENGLISH
1. Don't Be too Ashamed to Speak.
There is only one way to learn how to speak English, and that is to open your mouth and speak English!
The only way you will ever get better at speaking is by speaking, and speaking a lot!
2. Don't Be Afraid of Making Mistakes.
Another thing you shouldn't do when speaking English is to be afraid of making mistakes.
Grammar is the last thing you should be worried about when speaking English.
You don't need to have perfect grammar in order to communicate with someone in English.
Native speakers aren't going to judge you for having bad grammar, they are going to be more focused on understanding your meaning and continuing the conversation.
As long as you speak clearly and confidently, it doesn't matter if you use the wrong article, adjective ending or sentence order.
3. Don't Apologise For Your Level.
Achieving fluency in any language is a process that takes time, and you can't expect to become fluent overnight.
Whether you've been studying English for years or only for a few months, you've put in a lot of work to get where you are, so don't underestimate yourself.
4. Don't get frustrated with yourself.
Nearly everyone who learns English goes through this phase; it's just a natural part of the language learning process.
5. Don't take it personally when people don't understand you.
At some point in your English speaking career you are going to speak to someone who, no matter how hard you try just cant seem to understand you.
Due to the large number of English speakers in the world, there are a wide range of accents, some of which are hard to understand.
I for one have a hard time understanding some Australian accents and most Irish accents.
6. Don't compare yourself to other English Speakers.
This also means you shouldn't go around comparing yourself to other people.
Everybody is different; some people learn languages more easily than others and some people have spent more time working to improve their English.
7. If you are fluent, or just think you are, DON'T BE ARROGANT!
This means that when you finally become fluent, (whatever that really means to you or to the world),
you shouldn't adopt the attitude of somebody who thinks "I already learned English" because it is always necessary to continue practicing the language otherwise you will forget vocabulary and grammar and also lose fluency!
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