Article Categories
» Arts & Entertainment
» Automotive
» Business
» Careers & Jobs
» Education & Reference
» Finance
» Food & Drink
» Health & Fitness
» Home & Family
» Internet & Online Businesses
» Miscellaneous
» Self Improvement
» Shopping
» Society & News
» Sports & Recreation
» Technology
» Travel & Leisure
» Writing & Speaking

  Listed Article

  Category: Articles » Education & Reference » Language » Article

Overcome Your Fear Of Speaking Foreign Languages

By Duncan Rooth

Many people hesitate to try and speak in a foreign language. This might be because they don't want to feel foolish, are worried about how they will sound, are scared of sounding silly and so on. As a result, they remain resolutely monolingual during any trip abroad, preferring to speak loudly in English. These are the same people who are clever, articulate and never lost for words when speaking in English. The same people who are achievers in other areas of life.

But why? It may be because many people stop learning (or never start) languages when leaving school and when they travel abroad have only haunting memories of having to learn lists of words or conjugate verbs. Yuk. It could also be because many foreign language courses are detailed, promise a lot and require to much time. Anyway, let's cut to the chase. Who has the time or inclination to spend months learning Spanish / French / German or any other language when planning a three day visit?

Well, maybe things have moved on or maybe not as regards language learning when still at school. I don't know, but I do know that it is fun and possible to learn some basic language for when you travel.

By basic, I mean basic. How to start? Learn a few key words. For example, 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thankyou'. These are words that you will hear all the time and be able to use all the time. Learn them and say them as often as possible. It is a great confidence booster to do this, and once you can do this you have cleared the first hurdle.

I'm suggesting that it is always worth learning these key words because you will almost certainly have a better holiday. Try them out. Taxi drivers and waiters are great and will almost always respond positively. The moment you attempt to speak in another language you stop being a number to them and become a human being.

Almost always you will receive a positive reaction. In some cases, especially with shop-keepers it takes longer, (a few days) but most will crack eventually and reward you with some recognition that you are not just another tourist.

So, here we are, you can now speak ten or so words fluently. A good start but perhaps it might be fun to learn a few more and so how about some numbers. Start with 'one', 'two', 'three'. Remember that the goal is not fluency, or obsessing about finishing what you start (like having to count to ten) but to have a little fun and communicate.

Everyone buys drinks on holiday. This is an ideal occasion to use the numbers you know. It doesn't matter if you ask for the drinks in English. The important thing is to use the opportunity to ask for the number of drinks in the foreign language, or to confirm the number of drinks ordered.

Feeling inspired move onto a few phrases. A good one is 'that was delicious', assuming of course that you have chosen a good restaurant, and it is amazing how appreciative and surprised the owners will be.

Decide in advance what you are going to say. If you are getting a bus or if you are going to take a taxi learn 'one ticket' or whatever you will need, but keep it simple.

Start with the simplest phrase you can imagine. A common mistake is to make sentences in a foreign language more complicated than necessary. For example, instead of saying 'could you tell me where the beach is?', it is easier to say 'where is the beach?'. In other words skip out the non-essential.

So, don't be shy, learn ten, twenty or thirty words and a few phrases and make sure you use them.
About the Author
Duncan is interested in accessible and fun language learning Visit his site for fun language learning software.

Article Source:
If you wish to add the above article to your website or newsletters then please include the "Article Source:" as shown above and make it hyperlinked.

  Recent Articles
How to Learn Bahasa Malaysia?
by Wan Yee

How demanding are intensive week-end or summer courses?
by Rick Martin

How to simply learn Spanish?
by Patrick Clark

Why learn to speak Spanish?
by Patrick Clark

Learn Chinese!
by Gong Mo Tai

Motivating Young Children to Learn English: Keeping Their Attention without Giving Them Gifts
by Shelley Vernon

The Word Game
by Lisa M. Laird

What do you call someone who only speaks one language? American!
by Anthony Dwyer

Teaching English Tips to Stay in Control of a Large Class
by Shelley Vernon

How to Teach a Child English One to One
by Shelley Vernon

Finding The Best Translation Services
by Dalvin Rumsey

Some Advice When Learning to Speak Japanese
by Cory Pangelinan

How To Use Japanese Counters To Express Quantity
by Rippasama

Learning How to Write in Chinese
by Tony T

How To Impress Your Friends With Spoken Japanese Even If You're A Total Beginner
by Rippasama

Expanish: New Trends in the Intercultural Exchange
by Alejandra Livschitz

How To Express Pain In Thai
by RippaSama

Foreign Language Memory Technique
by James Dunn