How to Conquer 3 Common Fears of Speaking English

Mar 21, 2018 | How To Develop Skills

The lesson has been updated from its original version written in February 2016.

The fear of failure, of making mistakes, and of being misunderstood when speaking in English stops many from being successful in English. If this is true for you, the good news is it’s totally possible to overcome fear speaking English.

“If I could start conversations without fear of failure, I would be more understandable to the people that I’m talking with.”

“My greatest challenge is that I always afraid to make mistakes when I want to speak.”

“If I could assure that my point of view would be perfectly understood, I would have a better communication with others and they will give value to the things that I said.”


Do any of those comments sound familiar to you? These are comments I’ve received from students by email and in conversations.

And they might be very similar to how you feel in English. If they do, then let’s change it!

In today’s Confident English lesson, I want to offer some practical advice and tools to help you begin to conquer those fears of speaking English.

Practical steps for feeling more confident in your English.

Lesson by Annemarie

In the video, I talked about two lessons that may be helpful to you when preparing for a conversation in English and deciding which questions to ask.

10 Questions to Start a Conversation with Anyone in English

3 Simple Strategies to Master Making Small Talk

I also shared a little about Fluency School, which is my 1-month intensive speaking course.


If there is one thing I want you to remember about today’s lesson it’s this: confidence comes from preparation and practice.

It’s that simple.

As you know, preparation and practice require time. When you do it, when you invest your time and energy, it is always worth it.

So the big question is: are you ready and willing to invest in your English? This is an important question. And it’s important to be honest.

The truth might be that you’re not willing – right now – to do that. Maybe other things are more important in your life. And that is 100% okay. But you need to know the truth of that. And you need to accept that is a choice you’re making.

And – later, when you are ready – you can totally dive in and do what it takes.

Now that you’ve reviewed the video, I’d love to hear from you today.

Here are my two challenge questions:

  1. What steps are you taking now to make progress in your English?
  2. Do you need to make any changes in what you’re doing to make progress?

You can share with me in the comments below. That’s the best place to get feedback from me and learn from others in the community.

I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Annemarie

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