Why is it so hard to find confidence in English?
I made this post thinking of another observation from Xisco. «The thing about English is a lack of confidence.»
I hear this all the time phrased in different ways. Mostly, people say that they LACK words, fluency and confidence in English.
a lack of – una falta de to lack – faltar
So I was thinking about this and putting some observations together and I realized that connecting phrases with a few simple words or sounds is an way to begin to compensate for this sensation of LACK in English.
Here is the post:
I think, we may always feel a lack in a second language. It seems to be a quality of language in general.
From my experience, when I use common words, phrases and sounds that sound natural in the language I give myself time to search for my words and I connect my phrases more fluently and even, more meaningfully.
So then, just a question: Really? All I need are some easy fillers and connectors to compensate for this lack?
Yep. It works. Try it!
Can you imagine using these words in the post? OK, So, I think, Also, hmmmm
Because, if you can´t, then maybe you need to find some that you prefer. Here are some more options:
Well, Anyhow, Let’s see…
And, another option is to translate the fillers and connectors that you use in your own language(s). What are they? When you know what they are, then you can FIND your WAY to use them.
Because as you do, you will find more flow and fluency and in this fluency, more confidence in English.
OK, so… Do you have 2 minutes? Could you listen to my voice recording?
What do you think?
Xisco talks a lot in our 20 minute phone conversations. Last Thursday he also said,
“I´m more open to English now. I have an involuntary interest to understand and to learn. Before, English was work – homework, an obligation. Now, I learn expressions by listening and reading. It happens spontaneously – from a desire to discover. It’s something new for me – It’s different.”