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Challenges to speaking English like a native speaker
We know that learning to speak a new language is a journey.
There are usually challenges along the way – and learning English is no different.
With patience and a little effort, though, most of us can grasp the basics of another language quite quickly, whether through school, from studying text books, watching films, or via courses online.
However, for most people, there are
two main difficulties:
speaking English in a way that sounds natural,
and then being understood when they speak!
Using English skilfully and with accurate pronunciation and appropriate intonation for your IELTS, your job interview or when giving a presentation, can be especially tricky.
And when it comes to communicating effectively in English for
healthcare roles and business situations,
this brings a whole new set of challenges.
Picture the scenario:
You're ready to give critical news to your patients in English... or about to report exciting developments at an international business meeting... Maybe you have to provide key information to your English-speaking customers over the telephone... or deliver a company presentation at a conference...
So, you've prepared what you want to say, and you can hear the words clearly in your head. Then, at the crucial moment, when you speak, something rather different comes out – and you can see by their faces that your audience is confused.
They might smile politely, but
your patients/colleagues/customers/examiners etc do not understand what you're saying!
This is a very familiar story,
so if you recognise yourself here, you are not alone.
I hear this regularly:
You feel reasonably confident with your writing, reading and listening skills; after all, you can practise these skills on your own; but when it comes to speaking, that's another matter entirely.
Speaking in English causes you the most anxiety.
Why is speaking in English more challenging?
Because often, you don't have time to consider or practise what you want to say before you speak – and you certainly don't have time during a spontaneous conversation!
People usually haven't spent enough time speaking and practising with native English speakers; what's more, they typically try to get everything perfect, and are frightened of making a mistake, which creates hesitation.
Frequently, they have never learned the nuances of the English language; and frequently, when working in areas such as healthcare and business, many learners have not understood the critical English required to achieve effective communication.
So, how can I help you improve and speak better English?
During your online English lessons and programmes with me,
firstly, you'll soon overcome any fear of getting it wrong or of feeling embarrassed.
With the one-to-one sessions I offer, as you practise your English with me, making a mistake will be your golden opportunity to learn, improve and make progress, because you will learn from your errors in real time.
Our sessions together will be your golden opportunity to receive corrections, constructive feedback and encouragement, in real time, as you practise key communication skills with me.
I will support you in your learning challenges, when and where you need the help,
so that you finally understand why you're making mistakes.
How I'll help you improve your spoken English:
You'll learn alternative ways to express yourself more easily and clearly, firstly using the vocabulary and expressions you already know, but on which you can then build to meet your particular needs.
You'll produce more accurate English – with better pronunciation and sentence structure – to help you express your ideas more coherently.
Not only that, but you'll start to appreciate the fascinating, subtle world of the English language – with all its idioms, colloquial expressions and many nuances – to achieve better communication.
Crucially, you'll also learn about intonation, rhythm, accurate word stress and how to use interjections appropriately in different situations.
We all have different accents, and in the UK we certainly have some wonderful regional accents and dialects; but regardless of your accent, you'll learn to speak more naturally like a native English speaker, and make yourself better understood.
Are you ready?
Let's get started!