Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lesson 91: How to deal with hesitation in speaking English

It is a common problem for every student of English. You know lot of words but you are unable to speak. Isn't it strange?

The reasons are many. English is not your mother tongue or you are hesitant because of your nature (and personality), as you may not be too confident and think a lot before you speak. This makes it doubly difficult.

So the key is to start speaking is to initiate and condition your mind to speak English. For that, you need to begin with words, small phrases and sentences. You may have noticed how people try to intersperse their speech with English words. It may not sound too good but it's definitely a good way to build a rhythm.

Just your like brain, your mouth must also get used to speaking. So do speak words. The basic words like:

1. The basic step is to speak words like:
Sure, Certainly, Well, Possibly, Great, Really....when you are talking in your mother tongue.

2. Now to carry on conversation, you don't always need to speak longish sentences. Small phrases and 'two-three words' can do that:

Is it?

Brilliant idea

Seems good

Not bad

Call me

Are you sure?

Are you sane?

I don't believe!

Just do it

It really hurts

These small sentences will work as a foundation for your future fluency. Talking to a person, you don't need to speak longer. By just speaking a few words and letting the other person speak, you will be liked for being a good listener and the other guy will enjoy the conversation.

3. Subsequently you will graduate to bigger sentences:

That sounds interesting!

I'll give you a call

Feel free to ask me

What's your plan?

Can you do me a favour

Am I disturbing you?

You can take that

May I take the liberty to...

Shall I go out for a while

The idea seem interesting

Can you lend me this book...

Sure I have no objection

Do you mind if I take this

I hope you won't be angry...

One these 'strings of words' start coming naturally. It will not be too long before you start speaking longer sentences as your brain-lip coordination will get better and English will become your own language.

This may sound a simple technique. But, once you start practising, be sure that you will effortlessly speak English in future. There will not be any hesitation or hitch and you will be able to express yourself like a native speaker.

The above mentioned words and 'word strings' are just a few examples. You can yourself collect them. If you are really interesting in the language and have a passion for it, you will gather them. Of course, this blog will also help you. Do tell us about what you expect from us.

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santosh said...

That's good but while I talking I do not get exact word for that

Anonymous said...

I can understand what one says in English..,while speaking I make mistakes because of fear,shy,hesitation.After read this,I get clear..,thanks

Anonymous said...

i dont know where my problem lies...i have been speaking enlish after i join school and its been 25 yrs but still i dont find that refiness in that case what would be the appropriate way to help myself.kindly suggest few tips to improve myself

Anonymous said...

these are surely the best tips i ever got.....its practical!
thanx alot
looking fwd fr more tips.....

Anonymous said...

Sir these tips are very useful for me.. I get confidence in me that i could speak english fluently in short span of time....Thank u so much... I need some more conversational tips,day to day conversation and other lessons to speak fluently.Thank you...

Anonymous said...

My English Grammar students want to carry on a conversation at the same pace as the English speaker. But they have problems with hesitating. I will share these suggestions with them. Thank you!

durjoy said...

Its a good idea for begining spoken english. Actually i feel great about this idea. Everybody should be follow this rule. I am really interest it. so plz sir be continue.....

durjoy said...

its really good idea for begining speak english. Actually i feel great about this idea. i am really interest so plz sir be continue.....

Anonymous said...

Should this change?

"Do I mind if I take this"


Do You mind if I take this?

I think typing mistake!

aana said...

hello,i am not good in speaking english infront of people and it really makes me feel stupied...what should i do...i always makes mistakes in present tense usage..

Anonymous said...

hi,i really like this website and i ve the same problem that i make mistakes during speaking english and i am confused in present tense usage.....

Anonymous said...

It was very useful to native language guys who are hesitate to speak in English.This effort was very helpful to understand and grasp in orderly and efficiently.

Anonymous said...

hi to all,i have a lot of vocabulary.but i don't have speak english.when i am talking english infront of people and it really makes me feel stupid...what should i do.

ibrahim said...

please post more like this, its useful

Pemmasani said...

These are really good tips.Yes, like a child we should start speaking in small words and small strings.

sivakumar.v said...

Dear Admin,
This is sivakumar, a btech graduate. I'm good at english conversation n even can deal very well with prepared presentation. But problem comes with just a minute session in interviews. please help me in gaining the skill to cross the barrier.