What to do when you get stuck in English? (+ phrases that’ll get you unstuck)

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Has this ever happened to you?

You’re starting a conversation feeling fairly confident and fluent.
But all of a sudden, you’re stuck.
Your brain is empty. There’s nothing there.
Your heart’s beating faster and you push yourself to come up with something,
with anything, but you just sink further into the abyss of stuckland.

It happens to (almost) everyone. And as you’ll see in the video, it happens quite often to me as well.

But, there are a few things you can do and say
that’ll help you come out of these situations harmless and with style,
and even (god forbid) learn from them
.

In today’s video you’ll learn:
1. What to do when you get stuck when speaking English
2. What to do to prevent it from happening next time

Watch: What to do when you get stuck in English?

Before you go, don’t forget to copy-paste to your phone my emergency list of phrases that’ll get you UNSTUCK at any time:

Let me me rephrase that
I’ll start again…
You know what, I’ll say it differently
I lost my train of thought.
The word has escaped my mind
What’s the word I’m looking for?
I forgot what I wanted to say
What was I saying?
No, that’s not what I wanted to say..

What do YOU say when you get stuck?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Now the first thing that usually happens when you get stuck

is that you get ssss

and if it was a grammar rule

or uhh

If

if it was a

done

Hey, it’s Hadar

and this is the Accent´s Way.

Today we gonna talk about

what to do when you get stuck in English.

You probably know this feeling

where you start to speaking

and then all of the sudden

you go blank.

You have no idea what you´re trying to say.

You don’t even know where you started and the words just don’t come up.

Now it happens to everyone even in their native tongues.

But for you

probably when you speak in English and

let’s say that you’re not super confident about your English anyway.

when it happens

you can actually freez up,

get super self-conscious and be afraid to talk.

What do you during that moment where you get stuck

and what you should do afterwards to prevent those moments from happening.

Now the first thing that usually happens when you get stuck

is that you really stress out.

You get nervous about it, you get self-conscious

and you´re just freeze.

So what you can do is just start your sentence again.

Go back to the beginning of the sentence

you can say something like ”o let me start again”.

Or ”let me try to rephrase it”

as if your were just going on the wrong direction

not like just got stuck

and you can’t think of the next word.

So you start the sentence again

trusting that your brain will direct you around that moment where you got stuck.

So if it was a word that you couldn’t find

or if it was the idea that was not fully structured

by the time you start again

you know better where to go.

You may not to say exactly what you meant to say at the beginning

but you will come out of it rather safely.

Another thing you can do is ask for help.

So you got stuck.

So let´s say I’m starting a sentence like

”Well the political situation in my country is really”

So that way you’re taking off the way of coming out of this situation

on your own

and you’re sharing it with a person in front of you.

And it doesn’t matter if it’s your friend,

your co-worker or your boss.

So it’s totally legit and people are usually very much inclined to helping

other people in those kind of situations.

One more thing that usually happens and I do it all the time especially in live sessions

where I’m trying to teach something

and I get distracted with comments

or other ideas that come out to my head.

What I usually do it’s just acknowledge it.

I say sometihing like

And then I and the other person would remind me what I was talking about

And even if I remember what I was talking about,

that will buy me some time to understand what I’m trying to say and restructure it.

Now once the moment has passed and you continued with your conversation

what you can do is observe the situation

and try to figure out what happend.

What was the trigger that got you stuck?

Was it a specific word you were looking for and you couldn´t come up with it?

Or did you try to say something that is a little more complex

or use a certain grammar rule?

that you weren’t sure of?

For example, in if clause.

If … it … was

were

If I had had

had it been

Try to discover what was the cause for it and learn just that.

So, for example,

If you were looking for a word that you couldn’t come up with

and then that got you stuck

then search for this word afterwards,

write it in a place that is available to you

And say it out loud

use it in context, use it in a sentence,

always use it in a sentence.

Memorizing words separately is worthless,

to my opinion.

You always have to use it in context

that´s how it actually sticks.

And if it was a complex grammar rule

than either study it

or go online and search for examples.

But do something

that will make it clear for you.

So next time you need to say something

and to use this grammar rule

than you’ll know what to do and how to use it.

So those situations where you get stuck

are actually opportunities for you to learn

because it focuses you on what your issues are,

where you still struggle

and then zooming it and practicing just that

will help you overcome a struggle that is relevant just for you.

And that is how you can become more fluent and more confident

in English.

Okay that’s it.

I hope you liked it.

Don’t forget, it’s not about getting stuck,

it’s about learning from the experience.

Please share this video with your friends

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every time a new video is released.

Remember that every struggle is an opportunity to learn.

So don’t be affraid and speak up.

Have a great week

and I’ll see you next week

in the next video.

Bye.

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4 Comments on “What to do when you get stuck in English? (+ phrases that’ll get you unstuck)”

  1. Hi Hadar ! I’m happy when I watched your video ! Thank a lot! You’re very nice and beautiful! :))

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