Today I want to talk about a movie I recently watched called Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a movie about Freddie Mercury and his band, Queen in the 70’s and 80’s. If you grew up listening to songs like “We are the Champions”, “We Will Rock You” and “Radio Ga Ga”, then you may like it. I personally enjoyed it.
I’m always finding the main takeaway from everything I watch, read or listen to. Regardless of whether I agree with its message or not, there’s always something to learn from other people’s work.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a movie based on the British rock band Queen who had countless number of hits – but also misses. They produced 188 songs all together (I Googled this number) and most of them I’ve never even heard of! I probably know and like about 10 of the songs.
But they were prolific. They kept on producing. They probably didn’t know which songs would be popular, and which wouldn’t be. But they did their thing and they got better at their craft after each attempt. The songs that became popular became legendary.
So the wisdom I take from this movie is about being prolific. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, prolific means “producing a great number or amount of something”. Being prolific makes you more confident as you hone your skills. So when you get better at something (from constant learning, practicing and producing), you become more confident too. It also improves other people’s confidence in you.
Now you might be thinking, Amnah, I’m not a singer or an artist. What does this have to do with learning and improving my English?
Well, do you want to be a confident English speaker?
Then find opportunities to voice your opinions and speak up as many times as you can.
Do you want to write better in English?
Write more in English and do it as much as you can.
Do you want to be good at public speaking?
Then that’s what you’re going to have to do more of.
The secret is to start small. You may want to begin by practising or sharing your work with a small group of people you trust first. Get their feedback on how you can improve. You could join a class or a course and apply the lessons you’ve learnt every day. Just keep doing whatever it is that you want to be better at.
Today’s post isn’t our normal English lesson. It’s more about reminding you and me to do the necessary work to get where we want to be. Let’s start by taking these steps, no matter how small, to be more confident in communicating in English.