In our exciting journey of improving your English speaking skills, there is an aspect we sometimes overlook: finding our personality in this new language.
This week, let's delve into the challenges this presents and how we can navigate them.
Understanding Personality in Language
Language is much more than words and grammar; it is a form of communication through which we express our thoughts, emotions, and more importantly, our personality. When speaking in your native language, your unique character shines through. You use certain phrases, expressions, and jokes that truly reflect who you are.
The Challenge in a Second Language
When learning a second language, like English, expressing this personality can be challenging. Let's explore why:
Limited Vocabulary: In the beginning, our English vocabulary might be limited. For instance, you might know how to express happiness, but not the specific joy you feel when you see a beautiful sunset in your native language. This restriction can make you feel like your personality is lost in translation.
Cultural Differences: Certain ideas, humor, and emotions are deeply rooted in our native culture and might not translate directly into English. You might find yourself struggling to make a joke or use an idiom that doesn't exist in English. (See the Read Aloud Task)
Fear of Making Mistakes: This fear can prevent you from experimenting with new words or phrases to express yourself, which can make you sound more robotic and less like your true self.
Embracing Your Personality in English
Overcoming these challenges takes time and practice, but it's completely achievable. Here's how:
Expand Your Vocabulary: Use our practice sessions and audio messaging to learn and use new words and phrases. The more words you know, the better you can express different aspects of your personality.
Make Mistakes: Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They are an essential part of learning. Try that new joke, use that new phrase and little by little, your personality will start to shine through in your English speaking.
Remember, the goal is not to change who you are to fit the language, but rather to expand the language to fit who you are. And as your coach, I'm here to help you along this journey.
So, go ahead and record an audio message, express an opinion, and share a thought. I'm excited to get to know you, and your personality, through your English.