How to speak English CONFIDENTLY

how to speak English confidently from espresso English dotnet do you often feel nervous when speaking English are you wondering how to speak English confidently today I'm going to tell you my top tips for improving your confidence when speaking English before I share these practical tips here are three reasons why it's important to improve your confidence about your English one is that if you're not confident if you think your English is bad then it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy that means having the idea that your English is bad will make it come true but if you adopt a more positive and confident attitude then your English will actually get better faster the second reason is that when you can speak English confidently you actually appear to be more fluent even if your English isn't perfect yet being confident makes any mistakes less noticeable and other people will trust you more and enjoy talking with you more and the third reason it's important to improve your confidence is simply that being confident feels good when you're confident you can use your English without fear and without being so nervous you feel strong and comfortable speaking English and again this isn't only for advanced students you can improve your confidence at any English level alright so how can you do it how can you become more confident when speaking English these are the most important things three of them are mental exercises things you need to believe in your mind and three are physical exercises things you do with your body let's start with the mental aspects the first thing is to improve your attitude don't think or say things like my English is so bad or I know I'm making lots of mistakes or I'll never be good at English those negative beliefs will make you less confident instead think positive thoughts like I already know some English and I'm learning more and improving everyday or think about your successes and strong points like yesterday I learned five new words or today I said three sentences with great pronunciation when you focus on positive things your confidence will improve my second tip is to understand that most mistakes don't matter very much if you're always worrying about mistakes then you'll definitely feel nervous about using your English but the truth is that when we're speaking most people won't notice if you use the wrong preposition or if your pronunciation is a little bit off so please relax and don't put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect yes you want to correct your errors over time but most mistakes are not nearly as terrible as you imagine the third tip is something a little bit different and creative and that is to think about a confident English speaker who you admire maybe it's a celebrity or a TV news presenter or maybe it's your English teacher think about someone who speaks great English and then imagine or pretend that you are that person let's say your person is Barack Obama so next time you're going to speak English and you're nervous pretend that you are Barack Obama would he look down at the floor and speak quietly with lots of hesitations no he looked the other person in the eye and speak calmly and confidently sometimes when you imagine yourself as someone you admire someone who is a confident English speaker it can help you act that way during a conversation so those were our three tips regarding your mindset focus on positive thoughts not negative ones understand that most mistakes aren't so serious and imagine yourself being a confident English speaker now here are three practical physical tips for improving your confidence one involves what you do with your body when you're speaking English and that is to stand up straight or sit up straight make eye contact smile and remember to breathe your body language that means the position of your body and what you're doing with your body has an effect on your confidence so when you act confidently with your body by having good posture and making eye contact and when you relax your face by smiling and breathing this will make your spoken English more confident and more comfortable as well the second tip is to practice practice practice the more you practice something not only do you get better but you also get more confident I'll tell you a secret when I first started recording audio and video lessons for you at espresso English I was really nervous you could hear in my voice I was tense and insecure but now that I've practiced a lot and I've recorded hundreds of lessons I don't feel nervous at all anymore I feel confident so it's important to get as much speaking practice as possible if you only speak English once a week for a couple minutes in English class then is going to take a long time to build up your confidence so look for other opportunities to practice your speaking and that leads us into the third tip which is to practice in low pressure situations before using your English in high pressure situations what do I mean by this well examples of high pressure situations are speaking English during a job interview or giving a presentation in English to a lot of people we're talking on the phone when you can't see the other person so it's harder to have a conversation if you want to speak confidently in those difficult situations first you need to build confidence by speaking English in low pressure situations here are a couple examples of low pressure situations one is practicing reading English out loud you can do it by yourself and this helps you train your pronunciation and simply get used to speaking English without the pressure of a real conversation you can also practice speaking spontaneously by yourself you can look at a list of discussion questions and imagine that someone is asking you that question and respond by speaking this helps you train the ability to express your ideas in English again without the pressure of a real conversation nobody's listening to you so you can practice without being nervous the next step is to practice speaking with another person in a casual situation for example practice with a friend or through a language exchange website this will help you build your confidence inside a real conversation but it's a relaxed and casual conversation nothing bad will happen if you make a mistake practicing in those low pressure situations will build your confidence so that then you'll be more confident when you need to use your English in a higher pressure situation so what's your view our final three tips for building confidence use confident body language breathe smile and make eye contact practice as much as possible and practice in low pressure situations like speaking by yourself or speaking casually with a friend if you do these things then your confidence will improve I believe that you can learn to speak confident English because I've seen many of my students become more confident by taking my lessons and courses and practicing these tips that's all for today but if you want to learn more from me come join one of my English courses my courses have clear and practical lessons that will help you learn vocabulary phrases grammar pronunciation idioms and much more thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video