IWTYAL 158: Skype conversations as a beginner

Max asks: “How can I hold Skype conversations if I’m just a beginner?”

In this episode:

  • Many people freeze up as a beginner because they lack vocabulary and confidence
  • If you’re willing to make mistakes, you can go far!

Keeping conversations going as a beginner:

  • “How do you say ___?”
  • Ask questions
  • Become a master at paraphrasing
  • Success with this depends a lot on your teacher – see Olly’s teacher in Thailand for an example of how this can work well:

All this develops your communicative competence.

  • But a “Tarzan” approach can leave you with gaps – e.g. grammar and key vocabulary
  • It can be different between languages too
  • You might prefer a more structured approach
  • Choose a textbook to work through, and use your lessons to practise the content of individual modules

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