AEE 44: How to Deal with Panic When You Speak English

AEEArtworkYou start a conversation with a native English speaker and all of a sudden your heart starts to beat fast.

Your hands get sweaty.

Your mouth gets dry.

You are in a panic!

It’s the English-learner’s panic!

Why is this happening to you and what can you do?

How can you deal with panic when you speak English?

Today you will get 6 ways to stop panicking in English-speaking situations.

 

What is panic?

When you panic, you start to feel nervous. You might feel intense anxiety.

 

6 Strategies to Deal with Panic:

  •  Breathe- take 5 deep breaths
  • Ask the representative to wait. Put the phone down and count to 20. Pick it up again and start from the beginning.
  • Clarify- repeat what you heard to be sure that you understood the rep. Ask the rep to confirm and explain more. You could say this: “Oh so you mean I get a 10% discount. Is that right?”
  • Ask the representative to explain in other words. You could say, “Can you say that in other words? I am not sure if I am understanding.”
  • Role play similar situations with your tutor

 

Do you experience panic when you learn English or try to speak English?

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