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Updated: Feb 6, 2021

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” -Stephen Covey

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Speaking English Fluently and Confidently

  • It is one thing to be exam ready and completely different to being work-ready.

  • In your dental exams, interviews, being with patients - if you have to think of your grammar instead of your content to say, you are putting yourselves a few places down, so get that fear out of the system.

  • If you are not confident to speak, talk to everyone in English like you are in the destined country already- let your friends and family make fun but the mistakes you make will never be repeated. And they will slowly let it go - so don't be shy, that's the only way it will improve - The accent does not matter - the use of words and grammar correctly does.

  • Get learning to use the words 'sorry, please and thank you ' - here its people way of talking ' yes please ', 'no thank you' so if you answer 'Yes/No ' to a question they think it's impolite.

  • And a million 'excuse me' and 'sorry' !! 'Sorry, I didn't see you behind me when I turned my back', sorry I didn't hold the door as I didn't realise it was u (You must have been a mile away!!) - so be ready for that.....

  • If you didn't hear something someone has said u say 'pardon me' a politer form of sorry!!

  • How are you today is answered 'Not too bad' usually than 'I am fine ' to which we are used to?

  • If you are aiming for the UK, would def recommend the BBC series -The English we speak.

  • I also would recommend you listen to BBC radio and BBC news - just to familiarise with the way of speaking.

  • And it's not just about the exams you will need to really get a grasp of the language to understand and communicate with your patients effectively.

"Bloody hell mate! A fortnight ago I was down the local having a chin-wag with this fit bird, feeling pretty chuffed with myself, when some dodgy-looking bloke came up and started getting lairy with me. I don't know what he was on about; I thought he was taking the piss, but he wouldn't stop giving me aggro. I reckon he must have been off his tits. Next thing I knew the Old Bill had shown up and nicked this geezer before he could scarper. What a load of bollocks!

  • If you could make any sense of that you are 'gonna be ok '- that the narrator had been talking to a pretty female in a pub two weeks ago when they'd been accosted by an aggressive and possibly drunk man who was then arrested by the police.

  • Check this article as well- some good points

  • All the above points are for the UK - if you going to a different country please check out some basics slangs /usages of English for that country.

Being Ready For The English Exam

  • Prepare for your English exam be it TOFEL /IELTS

  • Go for courses

  • Be ready and prepared, as the validity is usually only for 2 years in most places - so don't give the exam till u are sure you will be able to give the required exam / apply for a visa in that timeframe.

  • Best way to improve your language is to watch English documentary / English series/daily soaps (try to pick from one from the country you are eyeing to go -as all have their own accent, slangs, and tone of talking).

  • In England, one of the most commonly watched is 'Coronation street/East enders/Emmerdale'

  • Always watch with subtitles, pick up words you don't know look it up in the dictionary.

  • Read English books (facts/fiction/ biographies) and pick out words you don't know, practice them.

  • Read dental journals - get familiar with evidenced-based dentistry and terms for statistics.

Other languages

  • If you plan correctly learning the language to the country of choice - like Welsh/ Irish , and some parts of US / Canada , encourage Spanish / French . So would be a huge advantage for you to be one up on the language , and would be a huge benefit to you.


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