Updated: Jul 21
There is a popular song by Sarah Bareilles that goes:
Say what you wanna say And let the words fall out Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I love this song because it illustrates how hard it is to say what is on your mind. It is an act of bravery, as the singer explains. Saying what you want to say is particularly hard if you are learning a new language like English. It's hard for a number of reasons. For example, you might lack the vocabulary or the grammar to make your idea clear.
But there are deeper reasons for staying quiet when you have something valid to say.
Here are 3 reasons why you might be holding back:
1. Maybe you are afraid the other person won't understand you.
2. Maybe you are worried that your opinion will be different than the other person's, and he or she will be offended.
3. Maybe you are scared that you will say it imperfectly and will look stupid.
These are all perfectly fine reasons. But if you want to take your English speaking skills to the next level, it's time that you learn a new English expression:
Feel the fear.