Ok, so here’s the deal. You want to speak English like a native English speaker, don’t you? Of course you do, I mean, who wouldn’t ? However, maybe you’re just a little lost when it comes to knowing exactly how to begin such an endeavor. After all, learning a new language, in and of itself, is extremely difficult, and yet, you want to master it. You want to become fluent. You want to speak English like a native English speaker. Props to you! That’s amazing! What a goal! You may feel overwhelmed to start though, right? Well, no worries. Today, I’m going to bless you with three amazing habits that you must have, in order to speak English fluently.
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How can you get anything done if you’re not organized? No, really, I’m asking. Some people have a method to their madness and can work well in a disorganized environment. However, most people need organization.
For example, think about your day to day schedule. Is it organized? Do you usually have a set routine for things? You wake up, brush your teeth, take a shower, get ready, go to work, etc… Am I right? Maybe? You see, even without us knowing, we are forced to be somewhat organizes. Now, think about your goals or ideas for what you want to get out of learning English. Next, organize them. Make a habit of laying out all of your goals. This is a crucial part because you need to have somewhat of an idea of where you want to go. We all live busy lives. You may have family, work, school, or all of the above that you are tied up with on the daily, but you still want to learn English. What can you do? You must use your time wisely. Organizing your plans and ideas will help you do that. Take all the clutter out of your schedule and replace it with a strict, organized plan.
Additionally, making a habit out of organizing your English plans, goals, and ideas will allow you to be able to see your progress, and be able to clearly know which areas you need to focus on, and the next steps you need to take. This will, in turn, increase your confidence and decrease your anxiety about speaking English. It’s clearly a win-win! I highly suggest making an English planner, writing your goals, study strategies, focus areas, and what you want/expect to learn. Then, create a designated time period for each. Trust me, this will make a night and day difference.
Okay, so we all know by now that one of the goals here at “Speak English with Tiffani” is to get students to think in English. Now, you may be thinking… Why? Why is this important? I can barely speak in English, why should I have to think in it too? Well, making a habit out of thinking in English, instead of your first language, will challenge you to describe situations in English.
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If you begin thinking in English, you will have these thoughts and connections inside your brain. You will discuss imaginary scenarios and challenge yourself to actually think and describe things in English. This, this right here… this is the key. Thinking in English helps you believe that you can actually speak in English.
Now, Dennis Waitley once said “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” What does this even mean? Basically, this means that all you need is a little confidence boost. You have to believe that you actually can speak in English before you can confidently do so. So by now, I bet you’re wondering what you can do to change your thought process into English. Well, I suggest keeping a journal, creating 2-5 entires a week, and use the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) as a sentence structure pattern. This will allow you to think about situations in English throughout your day.
Uh-oh, “overcome”…this word sounds scary now, doesn’t it? Trust me, its not too bad. You just need to make a habit of overcoming your fears in English. Seriously now, all of your fears related to English need to go out the window. Throw those fears away! Make it a habit to push yourself, conquer your fears, and speak English.
It’s fact, English is difficult. Believe it or not, English is one of the hardest languages to learn, and many times, it can be difficult to express yourself in English if you’re not a native speaker. So, you feel this difficulty, you understand that you aren’t able to fully express yourself yet, and all of that just turns to fear. Suddenly, you’re afraid to make mistakes and sound uneducated. However, you must overcome these fears. Trust me, I totally understand where you are coming from. Yes, I’m a native English speaker, but also, I am bilingual too! I learned a new language and I have been in your shoes. It takes time for the fear to go away, but it will only go away if you let it. You must make a habit of overcoming your fears!
Ok, so you may be thinking like “what’s the point?”. I’m already organized, you already have me speaking and thinking n English, and now, you want me to no longer be fearful? Yes, I do. I know, I’m asking a lot right now, but trust the process! You will gain so much more confidence in both yourself and your ability to speak English. You will go further than you ever thought possible. Fear limits your potential, and will hold you back. If you start to make a habit of overcoming your fears, you will have more courage to tackle the next English challenge that comes your way, and so on, and so forth.
All in all, just try to be the best student you can possibly be. I’m sure you have some kind of idea in your mind of what the perfect student is, right? Take a minute, and think about everything the perfect student would do, what habits they would have, and how they would execute and divvy up their responsibilities. Now, just take 10% of that perfect student’s study ethics, and apply them into your life, starting with these three habits I just gave you. I promise, becoming organized, thinking in English, and overcoming your fear of speaking in English are the first steps to becoming fluent and speaking like a native English speaker. Once you have a clear plan, confidence, and believe that you can and will do something, there is no stoping you, so go forth, and learn!