AEE 48: Are YOU the Problem? How to Learn English if You are Shy

Are you having trouble with your English?

Are you shy?

What can you do if the problem is YOU?!?!

Today you will learn how to get over your shyness if you are trying to learn English in the US if you aren’t seeing the progress that you want.

 

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What should you do if you are shy and passive and you are having trouble finding opportunities to practice?

We have different points of view on this.

Lindsay’s co-host says: It’s ok if you are shy.  Just be who you are and find other ways to learn like through listening to a podcast, by watching TV, etc.

Practice speaking on your own. Read the transcripts out loud and practice by yourself at home where you will feel more comfortable.

You can also record yourself and listen to your own speaking. Don’t get down on yourself and keep practicing on your own!

 

Lindsay says: English is a spoken language.

Yes, you DO need to be who you are even if you are shy, BUT you also need to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you aren’t getting the results that you want.

So speak! Push yourself to speak.

But choose the right context. Speak in a place where you can feel comfortable. Choose the Boston Coffee Shop Meetup (small, intimate) instead of the Boston English Language Meetup (big and noisy with a lot of people). Think about the context in which you are going to speak.

 

Step 1- Admit that YOU might be the problem

Step 2- Take action to practice first, then get out and speak

 

We have told you about their different opinions- what do YOU think is the best way to learn?

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