Don't be afraid to speak!

The worst thing to do when learning a language is to be hesitant to speak. I've had students who whisper, or only give one word answers to questions. I understand how hard it is to learn a language. When I moved to Russia for a year, the first few months I avoided situations in which I'd have to speak in front of people or ask people for help in stores. I felt judged and nervous. However, the more times I was forced to speak, the more I realized no one was judging me! I found people were all happy I was trying to speak Russian. They didn't care about my incorrect grammar or heavy accent. They were just interested to meet me and learn about why I was learning their language. This made me more confident and inspired me to speak even more. The best way to improve is to not hesitate, and just speak as often as you can.

For those learning English I want to say- do not worry! All native English speakers have a lot of experience speaking with non-native speakers! Two of my closest friends are from Turkey and Hungary. They have accents, but they are not afraid to speak, loudly and often!

I find here in America we are very interested in people's backgrounds and respect the effort it takes to learn English. Americans are happy to help with any language issues, for we all have immigrant friends and most of us are learning another language ourselves!
January 11, 2018
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Liya

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Hi everyone! My name is Liya. I'm from Connecticut, a state in the northern U.S. I received by BA from the Ivy League university, the University of Pennsylvania, and I graduated this spring with my masters degree (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. My experience is not just teaching on Verbling! I also taught English to refugee children when I was living in Moscow, Russia. I've lived in Switzerland, England, and Russia, and studied French and Russian in school, so I know how difficult it can be to learn a foreign language. My specialities are speaking and listening practice to a high intellectual standard, as well as editing documents or papers. I love lessons that we can have a conversation, whether it be free or structured around a theme each time to improve your knowledge about art, politics, travel, literature and more. I hope to have clear and helpful lessons ranging from basic vocabulary, to slang, idioms and nuances of the language that is hard to pick up simply from a book. We will develop a lesson plan together that is completely personalized. The goal is to get you speaking at a level for an American university, or British university like Cambridge or Oxford. If you are looking for paper or writing editing help, please also send me a message and I can help with that for the same price per hour. Увидимся) See you soon!
Flag
English
globe
United States
time
141
Speaks:
English
Native
,
French
C1
,
Russian
C1
,
Lithuanian
A1
Hi everyone! My name is Liya. I'm from Connecticut, a state in the northern U.S. I received by BA from the Ivy League university, the University of Pennsylvania, and I graduated this spring with my masters degree (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. My experience is not just teaching on Verbling! I also taught English to refugee children when I was living in Moscow, Russia. I've lived in Switzerland, England, and Russia, and studied French and Russian in school, so I know how difficult it can be to learn a foreign language. My specialities are speaking and listening practice to a high intellectual standard, as well as editing documents or papers. I love lessons that we can have a conversation, whether it be free or structured around a theme each time to improve your knowledge about art, politics, travel, literature and more. I hope to have clear and helpful lessons ranging from basic vocabulary, to slang, idioms and nuances of the language that is hard to pick up simply from a book. We will develop a lesson plan together that is completely personalized. The goal is to get you speaking at a level for an American university, or British university like Cambridge or Oxford. If you are looking for paper or writing editing help, please also send me a message and I can help with that for the same price per hour. Увидимся) See you soon!
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