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Web Developer, cyclist, and freediver.

Stop worrying about your broken English

Posted on January, 16 2019 in Noise

Stop worrying about your broken English
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Speaking another language is not easy, to speak like a native requires living among natives for a long time. Still, I don't think this will make you speak 100% like a native.

However, many people here in Egypt have a mental link between how good a person's English speaking skills are and how much respect they should hold for him/her. If they speak with a heavy accent or make any grammar mistakes, people will think they are not smart/educated enough and not worthy of the respect.

I personally feel more comfortable speaking English around other nationalities, including native english speakers, than when Egyptians are around.

This same burden is slowing down many web developers and tech workers in Egypt from getting better; because they're too afraid to speak English and express themselves they're not getting better at the language, which is basically the language of 99% of the tutorials online. They're also not confident enough to get into tech conversations in English.

So whenever you are in a situation where you need to speak in English, just express yourself in any way and don't worry about how it sounds, don't worry about grammar, you'll get better the more you practise anyway.

The more I meet native English speakers in real life the more I realise they couldn't care less about how well you speak their language as long as they understand what you say.

By Mohamed Said

I work at laravelphp on weekdays and practise running, cycling, & freediving on weekends. Find me on Twitter, GitHub, and Strava.

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