This blog post was based off a fellow blogger, Aiyshah’s blog post. If you’re interested in reading her blog post, click here.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘fake it till you make it’. For those of you who don’t know, this phrase basically means to fake confidence so that you produce success, in hopes of actually attaining real confidence. So what does this have to do with learning a language?
Well, when you first start to learn English – or any language for that matter – your skills aren’t that great. And you may develop some self-conscience issues. You may think that you suck at English, you can’t learn the language, and you might as well give up now.
Your expectations of becoming completely fluent in a few months are met with the reality of just how hard learning English can be.
But, don’t despair! Don’t give up!
There are a few things you can do to improve your English and trick other people – and yourself – into thinking you’re much better at English than you currently are.
And this relates back to faking it until you make it.
Research shows that if you fake confidence in something, people will automatically assume you’re an expert on the subject. So, if you fake confidence in your English skills, people around you will automatically assume you’re better at English than you really are.
How can you ‘fake it’?
1.Make Eye Contact
This is such a simple tip, but it makes a huge difference! In most western cultures, direct eye contact is a sign of confidence. It also shows that you’re paying attention and you’re completely focused on the situation. Direct eye contact shows that you are calm, cool, and collected in the situation. That shows a certain level of ease and confidence. So the next time you’re talking to somebody in English, be sure to hold direct eye contact with them.
2.Stand Up Straight
Much like eye contact, this is another example of non-verbal communication that speaks volumes. Have you ever been in a social setting, and saw someone who was slouched over? Perhaps, at first glance, you may have thought this person was bored, withdrawn or even shy. But then your eye catches somebody who is standing up straight, with proper posture. His or her posture shows that he is confident, open and warm. Which person are you going to find more appealing? Probably the person who’s standing up straight. Make sure that you’re poised with proper posture whenever you’re in a group situation or giving a presentation. It shows that you’re confident about what you’re saying, even if you feel like you’re going to pass out inside.
You don’t have to have a voice like Morgan Freeman in order for people to listen to you. But if you speak in a manner that is calm and pleasant, people will be more inclined to listen to you. Even if you’re nervous about speaking English in front of people, try to keep your voice calm and free from shakiness. If you don’t show signs of nervousness in your voice, people will assume you know what you’re talking about!
So those are three very simple things you can do, right now, to make people think you’re much better at English than you currently are. And if you fake confidence, you might actually start to feel more confident about your English skills!
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Thanks for reading!