Why having a free conversation with a native speaker before mastering self-talk is a no-good way?

G’day mate. What are you up to? Today, I am going to talk about why having a free conversation with a native speaker before mastering self-talk is a no-good way. There are apparently several arguments in favour of this stance or against this stance. But, personally I totally agree with this. Let’s dive into it!

It’s important for English learners to do self-talk to alleviate their fear of speaking before having a chat with a native speaker

If you are still a beginner of the English language, then it’s extremely important to be able to speak confidently, you don’t want to miss this opportunity for your English learning. However, without any prior self-practice, it’s going to be very tough to be able to cope with, because you don’t get used to a native speaker’s average speech speed, rhythm, intonation, or even distinct accent. Talking to yourself gives you a precious opportunity to practise yourself a lot. It’s entirely free, it can be done no matter where and when. Please try to get rid of any sense of fearfulness or trepidation regarding speaking! Having a conversation with a native speaker under a fearful condition is utterly a waste of time for you.

It’s important for English learners, particularly beginners, to visualise various situations where you are talking to a native speaker

It’s going to be quite difficult for beginners to jump into a free conversation with a native speaker without having a self-talk training, especially visualisation of various situations such as at cafe, at uni, at shop, at one’s house, etc. Of course, someone might disagree with me, because you can get used to various situations gradually and naturally as you forcefully have a free conversation with a native speaker. I can somehow take this point. But nonetheless, it’s often going to be a waste of time, or ineffective in the end. It’s rather better to visualise and practise a wide range of talks by yourself first, so that you are going to perhaps more confidently and flexibly talk to a native speaker.

It’s important for English learners to have the ability to explain something clearly, which is much easier than doing a free conversation with a native speaker

Before diving into a talk with native speakers, you should be able to explain something clearly without any obfuscation in English. This is so much easier than free talks. Can you do so without hesitations and unnecessary pauses? It’s an extremely important practice for everyone to be more fluent and smoother in speaking. This practice can be applied to any situation in real conversations. But how should we do this practice? Well, it’s dead simple mate. You just pick up any topic, do brainstorm for two minutes, and then start explaining the topic for approximately 2 minutes. Please wait for talking with a native speaker a bit before getting used to this. Slow and steady wins the race!!

Having a free conversation with a native speaker without going through self-talk training tends to end up in answering by one or two words, which is much worse than job interviews

What do I mean by this is this: It’s sort of akin to an answering machine. You just listen to someone’s questions, and then you answer them with a few words such as ‘Yes’, ‘Yeah I think so’, ‘No’, ‘Oh I don’t think so’. Something like that. But you can’t continue to talk, in part because you haven’t practised enough self-talk, especially explaining something in English. It’s not easy actually if you think oh you just should talk to a native speaker straightaway without self-talk practice. This is a piece of an absurd suggestion. It might take a heavy toll on your confidence. Even for job interviews, you might prepare for this, right? Like visualising what sorts of questions should be popped up at a real interview day. By the same toke, you should visualise any possible thing in a real conversation. I reckon this training is one of the indispensable training menus. In some cases you need to refine some particular sounds of English pronunciation.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading.

Have a good one!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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