Read this blog ! Practice your English! Come on ( venga ya)!. No deadlines (fechas tope). No exams. It's just a fun way to learn the language.
Don't be embarrassed! Olvídate de tu "Sentido de ridículo" !
"I can read and write and more or less understand what people say, but I just
can't make myself speak in English/Spanish as a second language. I'm so embarrassed. I don't want to make a fool of myself in front of my peers. My accent is atrocious and I sound like a two year old. I just can't make myself talk to anyone. I know everyone will laugh at me."....... WRONG ! WRONG ATTITUDE !
Let's try that again:
"I can read and write and more or less understand what people say, and I'M GOING TO MAKE MYSELF speak in English/Spanish. I refuse to be embarrassed and I don't care if I make a fool of myself in front of my peers. We're just beginners. My accent is getting better, but I still sound like a foreign student learning a 2nd language. I force myself to talk to others in class and around campus. No one is laughing at me. They're laughing with me. We're all learning English/Spanish together.
Have you been to ENGLISH IN ACTION? It's a fun way to make yourself practice your English. NO ONE is quiet in these classes. You have to talk and you have a partner or partners to help you when you get stuck.
LAST week we had SPEED EXCHANGE, WALKING & TALKING, I CAN MAKE A PAPER AIRPLANE. Can YOU?, UNIVERSITY REPORTERS and INSTANT THEATER.
Did you come? No? Hope to see you at ENGLISH IN ACTION sometime in the near future.
Can you ask simple questions and formulate the answers?
Can you carry on a conversation?
Do you feel confident when you have to communicate in English?
Do you try to make yourself understood?
Do you just mumble and use gestures?
YOU should have answered YES, YES, YES, YES, NO !
Remember that a second language could be your passport to a new country, a new job, a new way of life.
make a fool of myself: hacer el ridículo
peers: colegas, compañeros
sound like: parezco , sueno como
laugh at: reirse de
try that: probar lo
wrong: mal, equivocado
I don't care: no me importa
getting better: mejorando (getting worse: empeorando)
force myself: obligarme a mi mismo
laughing with me: riéndose conmigo
fun way: manera divertida
make yourself: obligarte a ti mismo
no one: nadie
get stuck: te enganchas, no sabes,
hope to: espero
carry on: llevar, seguir
feel confident: te sientes seguro de ti mismo
try to: intentar
mumble: balbucear, hablar para el cuello de tu camisa
In our September Intensive Program students are learning to put their high school English/Spanish to good use. They certainly don't look bored, do they?
You won't either if you come to ENGLISH IN ACTION in 2012-2013.