Common Mistake #2

“I’m embarrassed to speak because I don’t want to make mistakes”

That’s right, one of the most common spoken mistakes that beginners make is actually fearing making mistakes to begin with!

Being embarrassed is an emotion that many students feel when they begin speaking a new language. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that everyone wants to avoid sounding ridiculous. So how do we become fluent if we are scared to try?

The Solution

  • Recognize that you already have the passion to learn a new language, and have chosen to follow through with speaking it. Allow this passion to help you persevere on your way to becoming fluent.
  • It’s important to find new interests in the language you are learning to keep the momentum going. Find new music to listen to, or television shows to watch. Practice repeating what you hear; this will help you to feel more comfortable.
  • If you make mistakes, make them with confidence! It’s better to just try, and make minor errors, rather than to not try at all. You could surprise yourself.
  • Stick with it! Many times beginners will drop the language all together because they can no longer handle the pressure, but taking a break only slows you down, and you will never reach your goal of becoming fluent.
  • Take it from us, it does get easier! It’s best to laugh at mistakes instead of feel bad about them.
  • No one is going to judge you. The only thing that could cause embarrassment is your own reaction to the mistake. Don’t hold back!
  • Zinta offers one on one language training sessions so that you may feel more comfortable when beginning to speak a new language. Special help from the instructor will give you the confidence that you need to speak with ease.