Do you know you can apply the 'STRESS' theory to reduce stress? Find out more from Emily.

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Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Task 1

Choose the correct way to finish each sentence.

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Hi Everyone,
I've been a member here for about a week and I find the tools here very useful however since I am not a native English speaker, I am not as fluent as I would have liked to be. So I would really appreciate if the Learn English Team can give me some suggestions on how to improve my fluency! There are people who tell me that the only way to fluency is by not putting too much emphasis on grammar and vocabularies but rather focus on learning phrases.
They also said I should refrain from translating the words from my mother tongue, because the order of words is probably completely different and that will slow me down.
So what would you guys recommend?
Regards,
Zolani.

Hi Zolani,
I would say that you have been given sound advice. The word order problem depends on your mother tongue and how similar word order is in your mother tongue versus English.
One thing that can help when speaking is to not worry so much about making mistakes. Even if you know the word or phrase you want to use is not 100% correct English, go ahead and use it. People will probably understand. I know this has helped me communicate in Polish which is a very challenging language for English speakers to learn.
I hope this helps.
-Erik
The LearnEnglish Team
 

Thanks a lot Erik for the advice, I'll certainly use it and since English is a business language here in South Africa I get more exposed to people who are speaking it.
Did you know that we have about 11 official languages spoken here in the country? well that's how diverse we are, these languages are:
English, Afrikaans(more similar to Dutch), Xhosa, Zulu, Swati, Ndebele, Sotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Venda and Ndebele.
 
So you'd find that some regional accent a quite difficult to understand, but ever since I joined this site I have seen a lot of improvement because my listening skill has improved tremendously, and I have developed a new accent which I like quite a lot. I only need to work on my speed now. 
Thanks once again Erik and the Learn English Team you are doing a wonderful job.
 
Regards and best wishes!

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up.

 oh yes, this is true. I know many people that suffer from stress, and I talk with them and I have seen to them their feelings, their emotions, their heart beat hard, and after they have talked with another person they feel in pace, and I feel well when I see people helped by me. I said that approving what you said.

I think stress is a very dangerous illnes.There are many people in the world who suffer from stress, which of course require a special commitment to which anyone of us can give it to him.This is my message.Thank you very much.

Thank you very much!!! It was a good advice to me. I would to talk about this with my friend!! 

I think sometime we said that we learn how to beat stress good but to do it, it's very difficult. Life has many problems which make us tired.It's very hard to resolve all.

 Hy people.I am not sure taht I know what I am doing.I I surched some website for learning english and I found this.But I dont speak English so good and I dont know if I am in the right place.And now  I am in the stress : )
I dont know do you understend me but please hellp me that I learn english!!!

Hi Joksi,
It can be very stressful to learn a new language, so I'm sorry to hear you don't feel good.
Probably the best way to start is to think about what areas of your English you want to improve. If you have some idea about that, we might be able to give you some suggestions of which parts of the site are the most useful.
Or you could just explore the site until you find a page that helps you!
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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