How to not be afraid of speaking in a foreign language
When you learn a new language, there is a problem to speak it out loud. This is definitely a problem if you need to speak in front of the native speakers. Trembling voice, stage fright as well as lump in my throat make real big problem. Most of us have not overcome this problem, while others very easily continue to speak even though they know that grammar is far from proper speech. But they talk, laugh, and that way they overcome the problem and enrich the language.
The question is how? How to talk in foreign language and not get blush? How not to be a shame, because you have not hit the right grammar tense. I am going to share with you my own experience during a short stay in Spain, specifically in Barcelona.
I studied Spanish language by myself at home while watching Spanish telenovelas that were very popular in the early 2000s. Later on I attended some courses but I have never done any serious learning to be honest. This is how I learned to understand 80-90% of speech, but when it comes to talking Spanish it would go a little harder. To be more precise grammar that I have learned it is based on ordinary present and past time. I also have learned how to use the articles. I can read on Spanish and understand movies without translation. Well sometimes depends on dialects I don’t understand everything, but I can guess that is going on in the movie. That is pretty much okay.
Let’s go back to my adventure from Barcelona (this reminds me of the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
The day we arrived I stayed in the hotel in Barcelona. One girl who was traveling with me (I cannot remember her name now) heard that I know some Spanish and she asked me to come with her to the hairdresser so I can explain the hairdresser how to make her hair. At first I thought, here’s a good test for me and my abilities, but the `worm of doubt` appeared and whispered to me that I would only embarrass myself. Still, I accepted the challenge and with self-confidence I said let’s go! This girl I suppose didn’t speak any language than our mother tongue. We arrived at the hairdresser and I began to speak and speak, just using whatever I have been learned during the years. Maybe at the beginning I was ashamed of myself when I heard how wrong I used verbs and grammar tense. Then I heard myself how I made totally mess with the grammar genders. But the most important was that a hairdresser all all people in the salon understood me. From that point we were talking about almost everything from haircuts and outfit of the hairdresser. On several occasions, whether out of courtesy they said that my Spanish is good, and they like because I was not ashamed to speak out loud. This is that the best way of learning a foreign language. And it is the best way to break prejudices about speaking a foreign language. Remember, you do not need to be ashamed or worry about your “broken” accent. A person who laughs at you, first must be fluently speaker at least two languages, (and we know that’s not a large number of such persons).
After this adventure that occurs in lovely Barcelona I was very proud of myself, I broke the barrier and on the ground of the country whose language I love the most I talked and talked. Thanks to my Spanish I met some new people and learned some new words. The rest of the holiday in Spain I spent speaking Spanish as much as I could. I was walking alone through the streets of Barcelona, entered the bookstore, reading room asked a variety of books. Paused in the street to hear how they talk among themselves. For all those who are learning a new language advice to you: Talk and talk and ask if you don’t understand something. There is no shame if you do not know, it’s a shame that you never try to find out and if you do not want to upgrade. So do not worry about how you sound, it will sound quite ok, nice and confident. Language is alive and should always be part of us. How many languages do you speak you worth that much. So far I studied a larger number of languages, I learned some solid, some of them I forget, but the most important thing I do not give up on learning. I continue to try to expand my knowledge of foreign languages. Only in this way you can meet the culture and civilization of other people, and I was in Spain while speaking their language had an opportunity to meet the beautiful soul of a Spanish nation. Remember, always speak aloud! Read aloud! Do not hesitate to ask the person where you’re wrong and that your success!
Dragana B. Mijuskovic