Using Your Breath to Become a More Confident English Speaker

Using Your Breath to Become a More Confident English Speaker

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– Hey everyone, I’m
Teela with Deep English and I’m so excited for
another lesson together today. Today we will be having
a very special lesson, because we are going to learn how to use our breath to be more calm and confident when we speak English. Many of you probably don’t know that I’m also a yoga
and meditation teacher, so I’m really interested in
how we can use our breath to find peace and calm inside
and move beyond our fears. Because even if you know
tons of English vocabulary, you know how to create the
perfect English sentence, if you’re too afraid to speak in English, you won’t
be fluent, (laughing) so it’s really important
that we learn how to move beyond our fears, we learn
how to calm ourselves down so that our brain can function, and so that we can actually
remember vocabulary when we need it in a conversation. So I think today’s lesson is so important and I’m really excited about it. So today I’ll be sharing
five things with you that will help you to use your
breath to calm yourself down and move past your fear
when speaking English. Okay, so the first thing
that I want to share. So not many people know
why it’s so important to find peace inside when
they’re learning something new or trying something new. Well, we’re often told that
we should face our fears, that we should move
beyond our comfort zone, and I agree with those things. I think we should do those things. But it’s also important to realize that when we’re afraid or
stressed out or feeling anxiety, our brain doesn’t function
as well as it could. So that means that parts of our brain responsible for higher learning
actually begin to shut down. So if you’re trying to speak in English and parts of your brain are shutting down because you’re nervous,
because you’re afraid, you’re not going to be able to speak as well as we both know that you can. So today we’ll learn how to use our breath to calm ourselves down so that our brain is functioning optimally, so
that we can recall vocabulary and create beautiful sentences in English. I think it’s also, you’ve
probably also heard someone say that, oh, when I have
a few alcoholic drinks it’s easier for me to speak in English or to speak in another language. If you think about that,
that’s because the person is more relaxed, so it’s easier for them to go with the flow. So I’m not suggesting that
you use alcohol to find calm. I think that that is a terrible idea. I think that will not make you a better English speaker at all. It will probably cause
more harm than good, so I’m not saying to do that. But what I am saying is that
the more that you can relax the easier it will be to go with the flow. So the second thing that I want to share. And that is what not to do. So many people think that just
by taking a few deep inhales that they will calm themselves. And this isn’t necessarily true, because when you take the deep inhale, you’re actually raising
your heart rate temporarily. So what’s more important is that you take a slow inhale and then slowly exhale. So we want to pay attention to the speed that we’re breathing
and also to our exhale. So yes, a deep inhale is a lot better than holding our breath,
but what’s even better is taking a slow deep
inhale and a slow exhale. So you may be wondering what
does she mean by a deep breath. I’m going to show you that right now. So this is a technique to see
how deeply you are breathing. We’re going to take our
fingers and, middle fingers, and put them together, and
we’re going to take our hands and our fingers, and place
them over our bellies. So from here we’re going
to inhale so deeply that the breath moves into
the belly (inhaling loudly) and our fingers move apart. As we exhale, (exhaling loudly) our fingers will touch again. So we’re going to inhale really
deeply down into the belly, (inhaling loudly) fingers move apart,
exhale, (exhaling loudly) fingers move back together. So that’s one way you can test
how deeply you are breathing. That takes some practice, so if you’re not doing it right away, that’s okay. Just a little bit of
practice and you’ll start to be able to take those
really deep belly breaths. Okay, so let’s move on to the third thing that I want to share. So now I want to share two techniques that are incredible for
finding peace and calm inside, and for allowing us to speak
English with more confidence. So this is what you can
do before a conversation in English to calm yourself down. So the first technique is very simple. This is something I think
anyone can do anywhere. So all we’re going to do
is we’re going to inhale through the nose, (inhaling loudly) and then exhale out the
nose for a little longer than our inhale. (exhaling loudly) So the way that we can
make sure we’re doing this is to inhale through the
nose for a count of four. (inhaling loudly) Exhale out the nose for a count of five. (exhaling loudly) So if you do this breathing
technique just four times, you will activate your
parasympathetic nervous system, and you’ll start to calm
everything down inside of you. So it’s an amazing breathing technique. The second technique
I want to share with you is a little bit more advanced, but this is such an incredible technique that doctors and therapists
often recommend this, because it’s also so healing. So for this one, this is something that’s better to do when
you’re alone probably. It’s a little more advanced,
so let’s practice it here. What we’re going to do is we’re going to inhale through our nose
for a count of four. (inhaling loudly) We’re going to hold our
breath for a count of seven. We’re going to exhale out the
mouth for a count of eight. (exhaling loudly) Okay, so we want to do
this four times as well. So let’s try this one more time. So we inhale for four, we hold for seven, we exhale out the mouth
(exhaling loudly) for eight. So we’ll try it one more time. So we’re going to inhale for
four, (inhaling loudly) hold for seven, exhale out the mouth for
eight. (exhaling loudly) (laughing) Amazing. Okay, so those are two
techniques you can use before a conversation in English, and I know that they will help you, help you find calm, help
you find confidence. But what can you do if
you are in a conversation in English and you start to get nervous? So this brings me to my fifth point. So, often times we can’t
plan for our conversations in English, especially if we live in an English speaking country, so we might be surprised by
a conversation in English. So I want to share with you what you can do to find peace and calm during
an English conversation. So the first thing is that
you can simply know (laughing) that when you start to speak, you’ll activate your vagus nerve, and this has a calming effect
on your nervous system. So the more you speak, the
more relaxed you’ll be. So I think this is a really cool fact. This is something that’s
really helpful to know, because it helps us to stay confident. So that means, if you get
an opportunity to speak, take it, it will be easier to
speak the more that you speak, because you’ll be calming
yourself down as you speak. So I’m not saying though that you should just start babbling
and just start talking, like we don’t want to be awkward about it, but we just want to take the opportunity to speak when it arises. Okay, so the second thing that we can do that will help us to calm things down is that we can simply notice our breath during the conversation. So noticing our inhale,
noticing our exhale, seeing if we can breath deeper, seeing if we can slow our breath down. So breathing in and out
our nose will help us to feel more calmly during a conversation. Slower breaths, deeper
breaths, all of that during the conversation
will be really helpful. Okay, another thing that you can do, this is called orienting. If you’re in a conversation
and you start to feel nervous, you can simply find
something, maybe on the table, or at eye level to look at. You just look at that
thing and let your gaze settle on that thing for a few seconds. This will help you to find your center and to calm things down. Of course, this one could be awkward if you’re talking to
just one other person, and you start looking around. So we don’t want to do that, because that could be really awkward. We want to either look at
something right in front of us or we could use this last technique, which is called grounding. So to ground, you basically
just become aware of your feet. Become aware of the soles of your feet, how your feet feel in your shoes. Become aware of the connection of the sole of your foot with your shoe. This will bring you
into the present moment, and this will help you to
find a state of calm inside. And of course, when we are
calm, and when we’re not afraid, our brain is functioning
at a higher level. Okay, so those were
five things I had to say about how your breath can help you become a more confident, and just
a better English speaker. How your breath can help
you to conquer your fears, and to move beyond your comfort zone. I really loved teaching this lesson today. I hope that you guys got a lot out of it. I would love to hear in the comments how you’re breathing right now, or how you felt when we were doing some of those breathing exercises. I’m looking forward to
our next lesson together, but until then if you’d
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100 thoughts on “Using Your Breath to Become a More Confident English Speaker”

  1. Wow!!today i couldn't learn any well because my mind is losing with the beautiful view of your window.snowfalls.and i have ask you a you could stay wore are thin clothes with the snowfalls times?in my village,we couldn't stay with thin clothes when snowfalls time.we wore very thick clothes.

  2. Nice video! I didn't know that you're a yoga teacher. Very cool. If you can, I'd like watch more videos about yoga and meditation. Thanks for the class. You're a great teacher. Have a nice weekend!

  3. The most important thing i like in every video that you're keen on uploading subtitles with video
    Appreciate that…. Many thanks

  4. Thanhs so much for your advices, they,re very good, i,ll practtice them. Have a good time. Greetings.

  5. Great video with amazing concept provided me some new insights. I am actually crippled with with my fear and anxiety always, but it's because I have panic disorder and OCD. But I think understanding it and taming my breath can help me function more naturally in my daily life. Normal nervousness itself is a thing that halts many people from reaching their full potential. I have been learning English language for the last 10 years. And I'm not bad as well. I learned 1000s of vocabulary and still continuing my learning and practising.
    Thanks for the video and your effort.
    Love from India.

  6. Thank you very much for your time to help us dear teach I like ur videos and ur voice is a Clear I hope learning English well plz can u make a vocabulary words I need more words to use my English speaking thanks again we love u our teacher

  7. Excellent….you are a teacher, doctor, therapist… can learn to us every thing!! You are great!

  8. Thanks Teela, these breathing exercises was a good for me. Thank you please continue I’m looking forward for more.God bless you.

  9. Whater you are saying is correct but when I start speaking I end up shortage of words and expressions .and due to this I often totter

  10. Using breath to become a more confident English speaker, is incredibly amazing Style for teaching English, and I wanna add something else that is Teela with her gestures and movements making her students to be familiar with the English language. And As I described her before that she seemed like angel came from another planet, especially in this video. She is mixing between being a beautiful woman and having a great Style. I hope she will continue to do so. I wish for her more progress and success
    Thanks a lot for all the videos you've shared so far Teela.
    Best regards,

  11. Thank u very much
    I ask about :How can i understand and realize quickly Englih in Holywood movies and series??

  12. Hi Teela good morning to you, its good to know that you are a yoga teacher, yoga is very good for ones health and to stay healthy. I have not started yet but in the next couple days I’ll start furthermore I will not stop until I achieved my goal because in September I have to do a presentation. Thank you.

  13. These techniques seem to be working. After using them I feel more mellow. That's why I am going to apply them this week while doing presentations. Keep fingers crossed 🙂

  14. I wrote down all your suggestions. I'm going to use them from now.

    I'm very excited for you and your movies on YouTube. I thnik that you are very authentic person. I feel positive energy and calm from you.

    Thank you for your efforts

  15. I really like your lessons Teacher Teela!! I would like to know if you teaching with private class. I’d like to have a class with you. Thank very much!! 🙏🏻

  16. This is my first steps in individual english lessons, but thing thatit is good way to improve my thinking, becouse I seem, that my problem with english is mainly im my brain.

  17. Thanks Tila, yes Psychological side has a big role in speaking fluently, if you talk slower it was better because I had to repeat the video more than once،😀

  18. Very useful for me, I have a galance at title when I use Chinese twitter Sina weibo saw your video,it attracted me,so I use the vpn login youtub subscribe your channel,reeeealy,thank you!

  19. thanks for you class, I wanna more clase about yoga an relax, it's interesting learn something more meantime learn english greetings from Bogota Colombia

  20. 1. Relax – create your inner peace
    2. Take a slow deep inhale
    3. Inhale 4 – Exhale 5
    4. Inhale 4 – Hold 7 – Exhale 8
    5. The more you speak, the more relaxed you'll be.
    6. Notice your breath when you're speaking.
    7. Orienting
    8. Grounding

  21. Me fascina la nieve tanto como impartes las clases. I love snow and also the way you teach. Definitely I will practice and improve my English speaking, thanks

  22. Thank you. My problem is this : I learn english sentences, english expressions, english vocabulary but when I have to speak english I don't use what I have learnt. I use basic words. Sometimes I forget to conjugate verbs. What do you think ? What kind of problem it could be ? too nervous ? too lazy ? too shy ?

  23. Hi Teela I found your tips about how breathing during a conversation so useful and interesting.I try usually during the day to be mindfull of my breath, I try to inspire then hold , then expire and again hold

  24. If you want to be a talented speaker . Listen to my videos please and subscribe if you like it

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