One of our subscribers has asked us about how to keep up with somebody who is a fluent English speaker and speaks fast, too. This is a great question as I’m sure there are many of us who have trouble understanding people who talk fast. Plus, there are a lot of different accents out there.
Do you sometimes find it difficult to write a formal letter? As soon as you put pen to paper (figuratively. Who still uses pen and paper?), your mind goes blank and you can’t get past “To whom it may concern”.
We made this short video after being inspired by one of our readers who asked us to help him with this problem.
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We recently received an email from one of our subscribers about vocabulary. She mentions that one of the reasons she is unable to speak with confidence is because of her lack of vocabulary and finding words to use in her sentences.
For some of us, we’re witty, confident, and downright funny in front of our best friends and family but when it comes to speaking English in front of native speakers and bosses, suddenly our mouth goes dry, our minds turn blank and palms get sweatier than usual.
According to linguists, children are able to pick up as many languages as they are exposed to, especially at a young age (before the onset of puberty). The mind is a sponge, they say, and so children are able to listen, absorb and store the many nuances of language in their memory. This is why it is also important that grownups refrain from using baby talk when speaking to their children. They should instead become role models for proper speech.
Last week we hosted our first online English class, Speaking with Confidence, after almost a month of preparing the content. We faced a few technical issues on the day, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! We get to do it all over again and make it even better.