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This is topic that has been done to death. Trying to find that place, area or social event where you can finally relax and try to appear confident and natural with your English. The reality is that most students really can’t be bothered after a while to find these events or situations, and would really rather sit down with their old friends and talk in their own language – it’s definitely a lot easier and more relaxing to that – that’s true.
But let’s not shy away from what really has to happen in the end – you really DO have to find those moments outside of the class to speak. But perhaps it is better to think more about your ‘speaking issue’ by asking these simple questions:
- Why am I learning English?
- Am I happy with the amount of English I speak outside of the classroom?
- If not, what am I (realistically) prepared to do on a daily basis to correct this?
- How do I feel when fail in my English production in a social setting?
- What’s my realistic time scale for reaching English proficiency?
Answer these questions for yourself and yourself only. There is no need to tell your teacher or publish it online – this is only for you to take time to reflect on your own English performance outside of the classroom, because at the end of the day you aren’t going to be in the classroom for the rest of your life, you will have to take that plunge at some time or other.
Coming back to the title – and it’s true – there really isn’t a lack of opportunity to speak English around you, but there can be a lack of motivation.
The only difference between those who succeed in anything and those who fail is their effort to want to work hard no matter what!