Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In today’s episode you’ll five gems of wisdom to show you what to do when you feel clueless in a group of native English speakers.

How to deal with situations where you feel clueless:

  • Take a deep breath and relax: Remember that you are ok no matter what happens
  • Get comfortable with ambiguity: Ambiguity is part of life so accept the fact that you might not be comfortable or sure about what’s happening all of the time
  • Consider the context: Try to figure out what people are talking about based on what’s happening around you and their body language
  • Get help: Quietly ask the person next to you what people are talking about
  • Build humility: In the US we admire humility so consider this a chance to build a strong character
  • Don’t feel pressured to participate: You don’t always need to speak. You can sit back and absorb the conversation if you can’t speak that day. One day in the future, you will be able to participate.


What strategies do you use when you don’t understand what’s happening around you?

Let us know in the comments!

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