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Have you ever been in a situation with a group of native speakers and somebody has just asked you a question and you need to answer spontaneously? Do you feel intimidated?

Do you become frustrated because you know that if you were in your home environment you could do this without a second thought?

I am going to share with you three techniques as to how to make impromptu speaking in a foreign language much less stressful.


Sailing talk

Sailing the boat and other ways to physically express oneself.

This is a boat.
59er diner
This is a diner

What they both have in common is they are both called a “59er”. Even in Germany, this can result in conversational confusion. Especially when it is Jim and Jan (known affectionately to Jan as Yin and Yang, opposite forces etc..) enthusing over 59ers. They both look like they have enjoyed many a good full English breakfast. Continue reading “Sailing the boat and other ways to physically express oneself.”

Sailing talk

“Sailing” he said.

img-20161109-wa0002.jpg“There is a really great opportunity to cross the Adriatic in November,” said Jim returning from the sailing club room one sunny spring day in 2016.

“Oh really that sounds like an adventure, you’d love that, you should say yes please to that opportunity”. Said I innocently.

“Okay”, said Jim and bounded off very enthusiastically to get his name down as crew.

I didn’t ask Jim to put my name down too.

But he did. Continue reading ““Sailing” he said.”