Afraid to speak Native

 

It can be a difficult thing to learn a language. Sometimes these fears keep learners from practicing because they are embarrassed. But in reality, most learners are feeling the same way.

It's hard to go from having complete control over how you speak (in English) to almost none. The main thing that helps with this is shifting from judging yourself about what you can't say, to feeling proud of what you did succeed in saying.

When you redefine success in this way, you get the confidence to say things you know aren't quite correct, just so you can learn from speakers the correct way to say it.

If you're naturally shy, you don't have to change overnight. But you can find small ways to put yourself out there just a little more every day, and balance out your first instinct to be embarrassed with new pride and the courage it takes to make mistakes. With what those mistakes earn you in language knowledge, you will learn by leaps and bounds.

It's also great to find a speaker you're really comfortable with, or a language-learning partner to practice with.

Dialog 1
 

Nnui'sin gi'l?

Do you speak Native?

 
 

E'e, 'nnui'si.

Yes, I speak Native

 
 

Getu'-nnui'sin nige'?

Do you want to speak Native now?

 
 

Jipatm nnui'sin, muta maligamiten.

I'm afraid to speak Native, because I will be laughed at.

 
 

'Ms't wen wijei telo'teget, amgwesewei.

Everyone feels that way, at first.