Can how you see yourself affect how well you speak Arabic or any language?
I don’t know what it is but for some reason at the time I speak any language my first language English or Arabic if I don’t see myself as artculate intelligence and I feel nervous then start stuttering or i speak to low or too fast and not clearly enough.
Around certain teachers I felt confident to speak Arabic. Around others I was a nervous wreck. Fumbling around to utter one word. It’s a horrible feeling when you’re not confident at an interview, or any type of oral examination.
But it’s all in our head. Caused by exaggerated fear.
All it takes is for you to start seeing yourself as a articulate speaker and you’ll see the huge change this brings. You’ll speak slower and clearer.
Here’s a simple solution that works with me.
Before the event visualize the conversation going well.
Just close your eyes and imagine yourself speaking really well. See yourself laughing in Arabic with the other person. Picture yourself speaking with composure.
Picture the other person being impressed with your level of Arabic.
We are always visualizing things. Everytime we think we have an image in our head. When an idea pops into our head we see it as an image. Even words and numbers are pictured as images in our heads.
When we think of bad things happening we have an image of that bad thing. That’s visualizing.
Try and think of anything and you’ll see that an image is what pops into your mind when the thought comes to you.
Think of your house, your car, your parents, your spouse I’m sure an image will pop into your head as you think of them.
Spend five to ten minutes visualizing positive qualities you want in yourself. It’s relaxing powerful and works. Thanks to the book the Secret I’ve only recently discovered this amazing tool. Replace negative thoughts (negative visualization) and replace them with positive thoughts (positive visualization) as best you can.
Start to see yourself with all the positive qualities and act as if you already have them. Ibnul Quyyum in his book Patience and gratitude said to develop patience start acting as if you already are.
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