Ok, so let’s imagine you learn English for a few weeks.
You are feeling confident.
You feel ready for English conversation practice, using the spoken English you have learnt.
So you step outside into the real English-speaking world.
You find a place where you can practise your English conversation skills.
You are sitting at the train station, waiting for a train.
You are sitting next to someone who is looking at a train timetable, confused.
This is your chance to speak English!
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So, you decide to offer them some help. However, you freeze. You don’t know what to say to start an English conversation. You fear that you will make a mistake with your English grammar or English vocabulary, and thus making a complete fool of yourself. You worry that the other person may be offended at your intrusion.
So you stay there in silence, becoming more and more stressed. Although the other person catches your eye and smiles, saying:
“Are you waiting for a train?”
You feel a pure sense of relief and joy enter into your body. You reply carefully:
“No, in fact I’m waiting for a friend. How about you? I see you are checking the train times. Can I help you?”
(The part about waiting for a friend is not true, as above it mentions “waiting for a train.” Although, it can be more interesting.)
Inside you whoop a cry of joy at the feeling of success whooshing through your body.
“I did it!”
You say. So this English conversation continues on the subject of train times for a few minutes, then that dreadful moment comes: an uncomfortable silence. The anxiety and stress flow back.
“What do I say?”
This is where I can help you. You see, starting a conversation in English can be difficult, stressful, or even impossible for some people. However, it needn’t be like that. There is a solution, a method, a secret.
Some English teachers don’t want to give away their secrets, but I have decided that in order for you to understand how to improve your English conversation skills, you need to know this vital information. Then you will come to me, so I can really help you speak English well.
There are certain conversation topics that every single culture and every single person in the world speak about on a daily basis. The trick is discovering what they are and researching ways to start a conversation in English using them. It’s as simple as that.
“Ok, but what do I say to start a conversation?”
If I told you, you wouldn’t need me. Nonetheless, you can find a list of English conversation questions on the internet. Although if you don’t know how to use them, or respond to them, they are useless to you.
What you need is one English phrase to start a conversation in English. The rest will come naturally if you breathe, relax, and smile. Maintain eye contact and concentrate on what the other person is saying in English.
Now here’s another secret.
“Did you know that if you nod your head while people are talking in English to you, it can increase their English conversation level (meaning they talk for longer periods of time) by 60%?”
So, let’s just review what I have said:
To start a conversation in English, you need to lose your fear of speaking to someone in English;
You need to smile, to breathe, to maintain eye contact;
You also need to know how to reply to questions in English;
To continue speaking English in a conversation is a fine art, but one which can be easily mastered.
This I can help you with too. Finally, nod your head like the toy dog in the back of a car window. This will help the English dialogue flow.
So, that’s all from me, Teacher Dominic. I hope you enjoyed listening (or reading my blog) to this English podcast.
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