LinguaTrek - fear of speaking en Get over your fear of speaking in a foreign language (without leaving your house!) <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="FEAR" title="Photo by wilderdom" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">wilderdom</a></div></div> <p><em>Have you ever tried to speak in a foreign language ... but your mind just went blank?</em></p> <p><em>Then afterwards the words simply came to you?</em></p> <p><strong>You are not alone!</strong></p> <p>Fear of speaking a foreign language is sooo common that psychologists have even given it name: <a href="">Foreign language anxiety</a>.</p> <p>According to linguistic Stephen Krashen - one of the foremost experts on how humans naturally learn languages - this anxiety has a strong <a href="">negative impact</a> on your ability to use a language!</p> <p><strong>If you want to actually speak in the language you are learning, you will NEED to get over this fear.</strong></p> <p>However, it's almost never addressed directly in language learning courses!</p> <p>Today, I'm going to give you some tips for getting over your fear of speaking (without even leaving your house)!</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out how!</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fear of speaking language learning Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 226 at Nobody will laugh at you, really! <p><em>As <a href="">I wrote</a> a few weeks ago, I want to focus on the things <em>I didn't write about</em> in my <a href="">ebook</a>, mainly: <a href="">fear of speaking</a> and strategies to practice speaking.</em></p> <p><em>I'd also like to start sharing the stories of other learners. I get to hear your stories with language learning (usually in private e-mail). And you've already gotten to hear my story told 100 different ways. But you haven't gotten to hear each other's stories yet.</em></p> <p><em>Today, we have a guest post from <a href="">Ilhan</a> - an aerospace engineering student in Munich, Germany and a reader of this blog - sharing his story and talking about his fear of speaking, what causes it along with strategies, advice and thoughts to help overcome it. Enjoy!</em></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=";current=nobodywilllaughatyou.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket" /></a><br />Image courtesy of <a href=""></a></p> <p>It was happening again. My hands were shaking. My mouth was dry. I stared at the ground. My shoulders dropped. My head bent in shame. Just five minutes ago I had a great conversation with Francisco, one of my best buddies. The conversation was in Spanish, my “target language” for several years now.</p> <P>But now my tongue was tied and my mind was cluttered. I couldn’t get a word out in Spanish. Whenever I was spoken to I replied in German. I was ashamed of this fact. What was going on?</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out!</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fear of speaking language learning learner stories Fri, 13 Jul 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 187 at Do I NEED to speak from day one? <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="Butterfly" title="Photo by Gustavo Durán" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">Gustavo Durán</a></div></div> <p>This is topic widely discussed and disagreed upon in the language learning community. One of biggest advocates of speaking immediately is Benny Lewis, author of the <a href="">Fluent in 3 Months</a> blog and creator of the <a href="">Speak From Day 1</a> video course.</p> <p>In the <a href="">FAQ</a> for that product, he writes: (<em>some emphasis added</em>)</p> <blockquote> <p>Rather than read through the guide and watch all the videos to find out my one major 'secret', I can tell you right now: <strong>you need to speak the language immediately.</strong></p> <p>No years of studying grammar, no expensive and complicated software, no "magic pill" to master a language while you sleep, you just need to speak it. Speak it regularly, speak it confidently, and speak it immediately. <strong>The more you speak, the quicker you will improve.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Now, I'm a BIG fan of Benny. He recently gave me the amazing opportunity to write a <a href="">guest post on his blog</a>. </p><p>But in this particular point, I disagree. I don't think you <em>NEED</em> to speak from day one.</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out why!</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Benny Lewis fear of speaking language learning speaking Tue, 29 May 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 160 at How to overcome your fear of speaking <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="Woman with panicked look on her face" title="&quot;I want to speak but I'm afraid!&quot; Photo by Nate Steiner." /></a><div class="caption"><em>"I want to speak but I'm afraid!"</em> <a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">Nate Steiner</a>.</div></div> <p><em>No matter how well you know a language, you can't communicate with anyone if you're afraid to use it.</em></p> <p>While it might not seem like this has anything to do with <em>language learning</em>, this is a problem that affects a lot of people. <em>Even me</em>!</p> <p>For a long a time, I was afraid to speak the languages I was learning (Polish and Russian). I still have trouble getting the courage to speak in certain situations (ex. on the telephone) or with certain people. It isn't something that I got over immediately, but I've slowly improved over several years.</p> <p><strong>Read more to learn how I got over my fear of speaking and how <em>you</em> can too!</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fear of speaking language learning speaking Tue, 24 May 2011 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 71 at