6 Must-Know Tips for Giving a Presentation in a Foreign Language

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Speaking in a foreign language can be a challenge in and of itself—giving a presentation in a foreign language makes that challenge even more…. well, challenging. Whether you’re presenting to your classmates, your co-workers, or your community, you’ll want to practice a little harder than normal. These tips will help you perfect your presentation, leaving minds blown rather than tongues tied.

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6 Must-Know Tips for Giving a Presentation in a Foreign Language

  1. MUST KNOW TIPS for Giving a Presentation
  2. Yes. This is a presentation about how to give a presentation.
  3. Yes. This is a presentation about how to give a presentation.
  4. Because giving a presentation is intimidating. And speaking in a foreign language is challenging.
  5. Doing both at once can feel like running a marathon... Image © Tobyotter | flickr
  6. Doing both at once can feel like running a marathon... BACKWARDS Image © Tobyotter | flickr
  7. Start stretching those vocal chords. We’ve got six tips to help you make it to the finish line.
  8. Don’t script yourself.1 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  9. Memorizing a script won’t make for a very natural presentation. Not to mention how freaked out you’ll be if you can’t remember part of your script, right? Image © gerri23 | flickr
  10. Learn the specific words and phrases you’ll need. Use what you already know to put the pieces together. Image © Alex Ristea
  11. Prepare notes.2 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  12. Image © plindberg | flickr Writing out a full script of every word you want to say? Bad. Writing brief note cards with key words, quotes, or stats? Good.
  13. Do NOT read from your notes like a book. Image © aafromaa | flickr
  14. The placebo effect of notecards is powerful. Just knowing you have a difficult phrase written down in front of you should make you less nervous to forget it. (Just in case you do forget it, voila, there it is.) Image © e-magineart.com
  15. Practice speaking.3 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  16. Speak to yourself out loud as much as you can. Every time you pass a mirror, spend one minute in front of it speaking the language. Image © bcmom | flickr
  17. While cooking, taking a shower, or driving to work, speak about whatever you want. Get comfortable speaking in the language in general. Image © Dean McCoy Photography
  18. Keep it simple.4 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  19. Don’t try to sound too sophisticated.
  20. Stay within reach of your language level. Use familiar words and short sentences. Explain concepts more literally than you might in your native language. Image © stuartpilbow | flickr
  21. Keep slides or visual aids as simple as your speech. Do not compensate for your speaking skills by overusing text.
  22. Giving a good presentation in a foreign language is impressive enough. Keep it simple and avoid confusing your audience. Image © B Tal | flickr
  23. Giving a good presentation in a foreign language is impressive enough. Keep it simple and avoid confusing your audience. Image © B Tal | flickr
  24. Do not apologize.5 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  25. Sorry, you’re not sorry. Image © butupa | flickr
  26. An apology for your language skills sounds more like an excuse. Confront your language-related shortcomings head on. Image © muffet | flickr
  27. If you have a thick accent or mumble your words, channel your inner sloth and proceed slowly. If you mispronounce a difficult word, say it again. Can’t think of a critical word? Ask for help from the audience! Image © marissa_strniste | flickr
  28. Be culturally appropriate.6 Image © nk.thillai | flickr
  29. Image © kNic.L | flickr If you’re presenting in a foreign language, chances are you’re abroad. Research the culture of your audience to avoid anything offensive.
  30. If you’re presenting in a foreign language, chances are you’re abroad. Research the culture of your audience to avoid anything offensive. Image © kNic.L | flickr
  31. Practice giving your presentation to a native speaker who is familiar with the culture.
  32. Ask about appropriate: dress gestures expressions humor visual aids Image © meddygarnet | flickr
  33. Bonne chance! Удачи! Veel geluk! Alles Gute! ขอให้โชคดี! Good luck! Boa suerte! Lycka till! !‫بالتوفيق‬ ¡Buena suerte!
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