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This is for those nervous about speaking another language "perfectly" or in public.

Hello fellow language learners!

So, I always hear from people nervous about going out into the real word and speaking with others in a new language for the fear that they will "mess up," get laughed at, or just get rejected. Well, I found 2 videos that may loosen you up a bit and show you that you don't have to be "perfect" at all, and that you may initially be nervous about speaking to others, but after a while, you will get the hang of it.

For me, I've messed up so many times speaking French to others. Eventually, after so much practice, I'm pretty fluent in greeting others and saying basic tasks without thinking. Also, people tell me I switch from formal to informal a lot, so now, after practice, I can now stick to one form! It takes time, and remember that you learn from your mistakes! Haha, wish I recorded myself to show you guys that after a while, I tend to "cherish" my mistakes, and just giggle at them, knowing they made me much better.

Anyways, here are the videos!

This video shows Lauren practicing Russian online. She messes up in the middle (she is unable to pronounce a word), but as you can see, there is nothing to worry about! Just dust yourself off and keep going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRwrCWwBNKk

This second video shows two people (Benny and Moses) going into a mall to find people to practice different languages with. This is called "Leveling Up," and this is their leveling up weekend (so you don't get confused when they say this in the video). I'll admit, this makes me nervous! As you can see, there are people willing to talk in another language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITzFRlVhMVs

Anyways, it won't automatically make you braver, but hopefully this helps out!

Happy learning!

Ntate Narin

September 3, 2017


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I found that when I was in France, that people were so pleased that I was making the effort. They also helped me and did some impromptu tutoring!


That happened to me too in Québec! A worker in a place I was staying in decided to give me lessons whenever she was free. And in Italy, I got to go to a secret area of a museum when I was trying my best Italian. I didn't understand everything she said when she gave me a tour, but it was awesome! :-)


So true. I've just come back from a trip to Germany. I went last year with pretty much no German, and this year after a year of duolingo, backed up with reading, watching German and Austrian television and a bit of online chat.

Oh my. The difference in the travel experience! I got so much more out of the trip this time.

My spoken German is still pretty terrible but I tried my best and got through a lot of situations without resorting to English- including getting complex direcions past some major roadworks when the gps packed up and getting a mix up with hotel rooms sorted out.

I found people really positive when I tried to speak, very helpful and patient, we got invited to a family party at one place we stayed, and people love to show off their own language skills so I got lots of hints and tips for learning the language. No one seemed to care that what I said wasn't quite correct and my Accent wasn't perfect.

Thanks duolingo!


That's an amazing story ErikRabbit! Thanks for sharing. :-)


Well said! I've seen both videos before, so I had a feeling you'd mention them. :)


I love his YouTube channel! Sadly, it doesn't seem like he uploads much anymore.


Yeah... Benny Lewis is still awesome, though!

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