Why does trying to speak another language make us so nervous? It’s incredible how someone can be brilliant in other highly complex subjects and have panic attacks when they have to learn another language. This is so common that there is even The Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS). So how can you overcome this common problem? Below are a few ideas that could help.Learning another language is hard and feeling nervous about learning it is normal. It’s like having to give a presentation about what you’ve learned every day. That’s not expected in any other subjects. You are often given weeks or at least days to prepare to present in other circumstances. Learning a language is different in so many ways.
Public speaking can scare most people half to death, but those who suffer from panic attacks could cause extreme worry even days before you are set to speak. The old saying goes that you would rather be dead in the casket than give the eulogy at a funeral. This cracks me up that more people are afraid of public speaking than dieing.