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One of the hardest things about learning a language is reaching a point where you REALLY feel like you can express yourself easily and naturally.
I want to share a tool (it's basically free!) that you can use TODAY to start doing just that: expressing yourself more and expressing yourself better in English.
This tool is already in your iPhone or smartphone. It's already part of your computer or laptop. And if you have a digital camera, you can use it for free today. It's the video recorder in any and all of your devices.
Lights. Camera. Action!
Time to record yourself to improve your spoken English and start expressing yourself more.
Read on to see how to record yourself and start speaking better English today:
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Start With The Technology/Devices You Already Have
Just record yourself talking about something in English.
Use a recording system/tool that you already have. Here are some options:
Start with the equipment that you already have.
Choose an EASY Topic
You could talk about your job. You could talk about your hometown. You could talk about your pets. You could talk about your kids.
The topic doesn't really matter. What matters is that you're getting practice speaking.
And you can do it on your own. Great! No traveling to the U.S. needed. No talking to your language partner required.
An easy topic will help you get started.
Then you can move to more difficult topics.
Pick a Topic you Need to Express Yourself Well In
After talking about easy topics, then you can move on to harder conversations.
Do you always feel nervous when talking to your boss? Then record yourself telling your boss about a problem at work.
Do you always feel embarrassed speaking up in meetings? Then record yourself talking about and selling your latest project or product you are working on.
Talk About the Same Topic Multiple Times
You can talk about the same topic multiple times.
Especially if it's difficult for you to talk about certain subjects - I would focus on recording yourself 3 or 4 times talking about the same thing.
The more practice the better. You will develop the muscles in your mouth to say the words you need to say. You will remember the words more easily if you practice saying them out loud.
Here's the Hard Part: Watch Your Own Recording
No one likes hearing their own voice. No one.
I wish someone else could edit my videos because it's hard for me to watch myself and hear my own voice. Sometimes I pretend I'm not even watching myself when I work on my own videos.
But the more videos I do, the easier it gets.
Don't skip this step. Remember to listen to yourself. It's free feedback. Free!
You might be surprised to see how you speak in English. Are you all tense and pulled into a ball and not smiling? Work on relaxing while you speak.
Do you notice you need to work on your Rs? You can practice more after hearing yourself talk.
Recording Yourself can Help You Feel More Confident
It's all about improving the little mistakes.
If you can improve the little mistakes that you notice in your videos/audio recordings then you’ll feel more confident; you’ll feel more relaxed.
When you go to speak in real life you'll be able to express yourself better. You'll be able to express yourself more fluently.
'Cause that's the goal, right? The big final frontier - the big prize:
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