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Overcome the English handicap

Have you ever experienced the numbing fear in speaking English? Do you always hope that your boss doesn't pick you to pitch the new idea in front of the clients? Well, fear is an emotion that we all try to avoid, but the faster we try to run away from it, the closer it gets to us. And it is completely normal to be a little afraid of talking in English initially, especially since English is not our native language. However, this fear can easily be modified if you just try some tricks to improve your English. Let's have a look at these quick and practical pointers:

Start Reading: Even if you don't understand most words while reading books or newspapers, don't stop, but instead, keep on reading. Keep a dictionary beside you when you are reading. Mark the words or lines that you are having difficulties with. Perhaps, use an e-dictionary for accurate pronunciation, and it is much more convenient.

Learn by watching YouTube videos: I am sure many of you spend quiet a lot of time watching YouTube videos every day, so why not use it in our advantage? There are literally 100s of videos with tips and tricks on how to improve your English! Try to watch more international reaction channels or watch live streaming. These will help improve your pronunciation in no time.

Use free preposition drills: There are many free preposition drills on the internet that will help you get an idea about your skill and level of English. These free drills will always help you to better your command over grammar. You can click on the link below to try out yourself and put your grammar level at test.

Exercise link: https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/preposition-exercises.html

Pickup words: While watching a series, news or reading books and newspapers or maybe browsing the internet, pick up unknown words and make a list. By doing this, you can have the good vocabulary which will help you make ornamental sentences while speaking. Start small. Try to learn one new word every day!

Find a partner/group: Surround yourself with people who are good in spoken English. You can always ask for help in order to get a good hold in English from friends or groups. Please don't be ashamed. There is no shame in learning or upgrading any skill set!

Keep an English journal: Try to keep a day to day journal. Write all your one-day plans in English starting from morning to night. When you are finished writing, read them all before going to bed every night. This will greatly improve your practice, and English, just like any other skill, would only be improved by regular practice.

Make mistakes: Never be afraid of committing errors while you are in a procedure of learning. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when committing errors. Make a rundown of the words that you are experiencing difficulty with. Read them regularly in your available time.

Follow these steps and never look back. After all, practice makes us perfect. And once you have mastered this language, success won't be far away. We wish you all the very best!

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