Pleased to meet you! by @linkstoenglish - Mark Venning · Profesor de inglés

Pleased to meet you!

Introductions are usually quite awkward when people don’t know each other very well. Think of pimply teenage boys nervously approaching pretty girls at the school disco or nervous junior employees getting to know their new colleagues who already seem to have their own circles of work friends firmly formed.

Speaking a foreign language can be awkward too. Especially if you think people around you are judging you. But wait, are they really? And what is really holding a lot of learners of English back when it comes to speaking? Is it poor grammar, lack of vocabulary or lack of confidence?

While it is vital not to be misunderstood due to mispronunciation or misplaced prepositions, an unconfident speaker will rarely be as appreciated as much as a fluent speaker who peppers their language with the odd grammatical or even structural mistake, whether at work or on holiday. Fluency is key.

If we meet for classes, I will help you lose the classic “vergüenza” that many Spanish people have when it comes to speaking, as well as showing you how to make English a part of your everyday life, turn your passive vocabulary into active vocabulary (while expanding it) and open your ear to the sounds of spoken English.

Oh, and pleased to meet you!

And seeing as this is our first meeting, let me translate that into Spanish for you, for the first and last time! wink

Presentarse cuesta bastante cuando no hay confianza. Como los adolescentes con caras de acné acercándose a las chicas monas en el baile del cole o los empleados novatos que intentan hacerse un hueco entre sus nuevos compañeros, aunque parecen que no cabe sitio para otro amiguete entre los grupos de colegas de oficina.

Hablar en otro idioma puede costar también. Sobre todo, si crees que la gente de tu alrededor te está juzgando. ¿Pero… de verdad te está juzgando? ¿Y que realmente impide el progreso de la mayoría de los estudiantes de inglés? ¿La falta de gramática, de vocabulario o la falta de seguridad en uno mismo?

Aunque es justo y necesario que no nos malentienden debido a fallos de pronunciación o de preposiciones malempleadas, si hablamos sin seguridad nos valoraran menos que uno que habla con fluidez que salpica su discurso con uno u otro desliz gramatical o estructural – en la oficina o de vacaciones. La fluidez es clave.

Si nos vemos para clases te ayudaré perder la “vergüenza” a la hora de hablar tan extendida en este país, y también mostrarte como hacer el inglés parte de tu vida cotidiana, transformar tu léxico pasivo a un léxico activo (y ampliarlo) y abrirte el oído a los sonidos del inglés hablado.

Ah, y ¡encantado de conocerte!

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