We find it hard to believe that some ESL students wanting to learn English have issues with not wanting to speak in a classroom with other students present for the same purpose. If you are coming from a shy spoken Asian culture, you can afford to become outspoken or go outside of your comfort zone in order to become effective with English.
English is in no way a shyly spoken language. English is about using many directions to send the same message. There are no limits when speaking English amongst friends. After that you may want to filter your usage or go about the message in a different way that is less direct or more mannered.
Most American English conversations are filled with idioms, antidotes, metaphors, sarcasm and yet can be very direct all in the same breath. Americans love this type of innuendo shtick! It’s our litmus test of sorts. The test is this can you follow or maybe lead an important conversation. Sometimes deal or no deal.
The Brits can be just as sharp tonged as Americans, but disguise it best with their exclusive form of fouter. Remember the Brits started English, but it’s who sends the precise message with the bigger stick on the table that is communicating the most effectively.
So why not jump into English? Set your goal to lead English conversations instead of just following conversations. Learn with understanding why it is the largest and fastest growing language in the world. I would say that the future is in knowing at least two languages and English proficiency being the most important in one’s future. There is nothing more impressive than going to another country and having full understanding of its language, it tells you everything about a culture’s goals, values, and future.
Please give us your opinions, thoughts and feedback, so everyone can benefit. If you are from a “Shy Culture” here’s your chance to shatter the mold!