If you are learning a new language or have learned a new language in the past, you are probably familiar with language anxiety, even if you’ve never heard the phrase before. When learning a new language, the vast majority of learners experience fear, mostly stemming from having to speak the new language during a lesson or when they first begin speaking in public.
The fact is, language anxiety is a major reason why many learners don’t ever actually start learning. With public speaking listed as most people's biggest fear, it is not very surprising that most people would be very afraid of speaking a new language while they are learning.
Language anxiety should not stop you from learning a new language. It is entirely possible to overcome this fear and get started on your language journey right away. Here are a few ways to overcome language anxiety.