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How to Double Your English Conversation Confidence in the Next 30 Days

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 01:28 PM


You want to feel confident when you get into English conversations, right?

Most people feel like they have no conotrol when they get into a conversation with a native and they are afraid that they won't understand something that the person has said.

Today I will show you a simple plan to get more confident with your English conversations within 30 days.

Step 1: Choose a speaking situation that you encounter often

You don't need to know every word in English to be confient. You only need to know specific words for specific situations. That's why we suggest situation-based practice. Do you want to learn how to be confident in an interview? in a business meeting? at a networking event?


Step 2: Identify 7 vocabulary words for each situation

What are the most important words and phrases that you need to feel confident in your speaking situations that you identified in step 1? Write them down. Try to find the words in your daily life. Listen to natives use them. Write sentences with them. Prepare to use them in your conversation session in step 3.


Step 3: Get a native conversation partner.

Sorry but you can't do this by yourself. You must have someone who will correct your mistakes and who will ask follow up questions and challenge you. You can try our Speakative Conversation Program. You should practice with your partner 3 days per week for 45 minutes each time for the next 4 weeks.


If you follow this process and choose at least 3-4 different situations over a 30-day stretch of time, you are likely to feel much more confident in your English-speaking life. Good luck and let us know how it goes!



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