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Learning English If You're Shy - Cloze

Steve Thompson
Activity set by: Steve Thompson

First, do these activities: vocabulary. Listen to the recording if necessary: MP3 (slow), MP3 (fast). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Finally, do the Quiz.

Primero, haz la actividad de vocabulario. Escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.


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Learning English if you're shy

Learning English can be an and sometimes embarrassing experience. The difficulty some students have in themselves to the learning process is a block that simply must be in order to reach your full potential. I understand the trials and my students go through because like them, I also have with learning a new language.

Those silent moments when nothing is being said because you can't out a way to say what you want to say. The mental gymnastics you perform attempting to communicate your thoughts and ideas while your listener anxiously at you waiting for a response. The time consuming prospect of writing a grammatically correct email to a in London. Or, simply the embarrassment of saying “chicken” instead of “kitchen”.

However, like most things in life, it all down to your perspective. If you think about it, you're actually quite lucky to be learning English in Spain. You get to have your English class, step outside and speak Spanish again. Of course, being immersed in the English language as you would be if you were in Britain, is obviously a more effective way to learn English and its . However, it also requires that you perform those mental gymnastics I spoke of earlier, 24 hours a day. At least, learning English in Spain offers you a mental from the stress of learning a second language.

I remember the first time I moved to a Spanish speaking country. I knew how to say "cerveza" and "agua". That's it. I found myself surrounded by people speaking Spanish but, to me it was just a of noise. They would say something and I would just give them a stare as if I were a deer caught in the headlights of an truck. I must admit, it was frustrating however, slowly but surely I learned Spanish. I also learned that most of those Spanish speaking people who were trying to communicate with me were very kind, understanding people who understood how difficult and frustrating it was for me. There was no reason for me to be embarrassed. They understood and tried everything in their power to help me. Eventually, my shyness and embarrassment and I became increasingly willing to take opportunities to learn Spanish. I had once been too shy to ask the store clerk the Spanish word for . Suddenly, I found myself asking all kinds of people to help me with my vocabulary and grammar.

The point is, that everyone is uncomfortable in unknown territory. Learning a new language is not comfortable all the time. But, if your teacher understands what you're going and makes it fun and humorous, you will find your inhibitions away like the polar ice caps. Life is short and most of the things we fear today will seem ridiculous and later in life. As you gain trust in your teacher and confidence in your abilities, your shyness will slowly disappear. Remember, we are our own worst critics.