Many people are not confident of speaking a foreign language even after many years of learning all the basic vocabulary and grammar. Some say it’s because they still don’t know enough words to express things in the language. Although it is true that we can use only the words we know and we cannot use the word you don’t know, quite a few people do not notice that some basic vocabulary they’ve got could convey more things than they believe.
To learn to speak in a manner that only uses the limited vocabulary, you need to practice, and that will reduce the burden of making sentences and get you to speak faster.
The principle of speaking with ease
The principle for speaking with ease is
use easy words in the simple structure.
Easy words and Paraphrasing
Use words you already know to express everything you want to say, including stuff you don’t know how to say in the proper way.
Suppose you wanted to express “efficient”, but didn’t have the equivalent word. Then you could get your idea by saying something like “in a manner that needs as little time and energy as possible”.
You can use the word “tool kit” to express lots of things like hammer, screwdriver, you name it.
This technique is based on the notion of the vocabulary that appear in a variety of contexts illustrated in the order of learning in Input section.
Say in simple structures as examples in Comprehensible Input from Input Section.
- A is B.
- This and that
- I have…
- There are
The structures of these sentences are pretty handy to use.
You sometimes should give up some details to keep the ball rolling. You say something that nobody will get or searching for the right words in a long while that will make the vibe an awkward one.
Before you get accustomed enough, stay focused on the simple structures.
As a matter of fact, you can get your idea across just by a couple of words like “this” and “that”.
Easy language sounds dumb?
All too often, we are very anxious about our second language skill, which seems, in our own eye, to be too childish. As a matter of fact, we don’t care about the vocabulary or structures as much as we assume they would. All we care about is the message, not how fabulous his/her language sounds.
As you get accustomed to the mindset of speaking a foreign language, your sentence will be more and more complicated and sophisticated.