Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up: The Importance of Courage in Learning English

Are you afraid to speak English?

You’re not alone.

In fact, most people feel nervous about speaking a new language.

But what if I told you that you don’t need more information, you need more courage?

Here’s a story that might inspire you:


“I registered for Christine’s Speed Networking session.

Yes, I was terrified to speak up. I was so afraid of making mistakes.

But then I remembered something I had read:

Most of the time you don’t need more information, you need more courage.

So, I took a deep breath and started to speak.

My voice was shaky at first, but I kept going.

I told the group about my fear of speaking English, and how I was determined to overcome it.

The other participants were supportive. They encouraged me to keep speaking, and even helped me with vocabulary.

When I finished talking, I felt proud of myself. I had faced my fear, and I had spoken up. I knew that I could do anything I set my mind to.”


So, if you’re afraid to speak English, don’t be.

Just start speaking, and you will learn as you go along.

You might be surprised at how much you can learn and how much you can communicate.

Here are a few tips to help you overcome your fear of speaking English:

  • Start small. Don’t try to do too much too soon. Start by speaking with people you know and trust—and then gradually start speaking with more people.
  • Find a supportive community. Surround yourself with people who are encouraging and who will help you to feel comfortable speaking English.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when they are learning a new language. The important thing is to keep practising.
  • Be patient. Learning a new language takes time and effort.

You know I organise free Speed Networking sessions every two weeks.

Why not come and join me?

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