If you’re a student learning a new language, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious in your lessons, especially in the early stages when it’s all still new to you. However, if you want to become fluent, you will need to learn to overcome your anxiety so that it doesn’t prevent you from progresses. Here’s some helpful advice:
Set yourself realistic goals
Break down your big goal of learning a new language into lots of little goals that are far easier to reach. This will help the whole thing feel a lot less intimidating and you can go into each lesson feeling confident that you’ll make some achievements.
Remember that you’re not alone
Don’t worry about what your classmates think; if they laugh at you then they’re not nice people. It’s unlikely that they’ll laugh, however, because they’re probably feeling the exact same way as you are. In fact, the more you try the more the other students will respect you.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Your desire to be perfect in class might be what’s making you so nervous in the first place. It’s great that you’re so ambitious but it’s absolutely impossible to speak a language fluently after your first lesson. Instead, you must learn to accept your mistakes; don’t be embarrassed by them. Once you take away the pressure of being perfect, you’ll feel more confident about trying new words and phrases.
Practice in your spare time
If you prepare for your lessons in advance, you won’t feel as nervous when you walk into the classroom. Practise some words and phrases in your spare time to improve your confidence. You could chat online in the language, or read foreign language books; anything that will familiarise you with the language so that it doesn’t seem as intimidating during your lessons.
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