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What others think of you is none of your business


You might be wondering what this saying has to do with learning languages. I promise you, it does – just bear with me.

I remember when I first arrived in Spain and being terrified to speak because I didn’t want people to laugh at me or think that I was an idiot. I’ve had countless students that have had this same fear, and that fear keeps them from practicing, and so keeps them from improving and reaching their language goals.

This quote is an excellent reminder that there is no way we can control what others think of us, and others’ opinions are irrelevant to how we should live our lives, and in this case, practice speaking. You can’t concern yourself with how others will perceive you when you try to practice your communication skills – you should only be worried about making the effort to get those words out of your head and into the conversation!

Written by

Tammy Bjelland
Language lover, teacher & coach.

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