4 Trusted Tips for Overcoming Foreign Language Anxiety

Love. Life. Fear.

What’s up with four-letter English words having so much gravity?

That last one in particular throws us for a loop, making the other two more complicated than need be.

But fear has a purpose. Though it limits us, it also protects us.

Even when we try to do something as awesome as learning a foreign language, fear rears its ugly head and creates this thick muck of foreign language anxiety that’s overwhelmingly difficult to wade through.

Though we know how beneficial learning a foreign language is, fear still wants to do its job and protect us from that uncomfortable feeling of trying to use a language we’re not comfortable with yet.

That’s especially true when it comes to speaking in a foreign language.

But if everyone let fear stop them, I’m positive there’d be zero speakers of foreign languages.

It’s possible to battle foreign language anxiety and win.

You don’t have to hide from your anxiety, you may just need a little help taking it on.

Here’s where I come in: Keep reading for a list of tips to help get your foreign language anxiety under control!


4 Powerful Tips for Overcoming Your Foreign Language Anxiety



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With FluentU, you learn real languages—the same way that real people speak them. FluentU has a wide variety of videos, like movie trailers, funny commercials and web series, as you can see here:

FluentU has interactive captions that let you tap on any word to see an image, definition, audio and useful examples. Now native language content is within reach with interactive transcripts.

Didn’t catch something? Go back and listen again. Missed a word? Hover over or tap on the subtitles to instantly view definitions.

You can learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU’s “quiz mode.” Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

And FluentU always keeps track of vocabulary that you’re learning. It uses that vocab to give you a 100% personalized experience by recommending videos and examples.
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