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

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 ...

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

    • MUST KNOW TIPS for Giving a Presentation
    • Yes. This is a presentation about how to give a presentation.
    • Yes. This is a presentation about how to give a presentation.
    • Because giving a presentation is intimidating. And speaking in a foreign language is challenging.
    • Doing both at once can feel like running a marathon... Image © Tobyotter | flickr
    • Doing both at once can feel like running a marathon... BACKWARDS Image © Tobyotter | flickr
    • Start stretching those vocal chords. We’ve got six tips to help you make it to the finish line.
    • 1 Don’t script yourself. Image © nk.thillai | flickr
    • 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
    • Image © Alex Ristea Learn the specific words and phrases you’ll need. Use what you already know to put the pieces together.
    • 2 Prepare notes. Image © nk.thillai | 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. Image © plindberg | flickr
    • Do NOT read from your notes like a book. Image © aafromaa | flickr
    • 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
    • 3 Practice speaking. Image © nk.thillai | flickr
    • Image © bcmom | flickr 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.
    • 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
    • 4 Keep it simple. Image © nk.thillai | flickr
    • Don’t try to sound too sophisticated.
    • 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
    • Keep slides or visual aids as simple as your speech. Do not compensate for your speaking skills by overusing text.
    • Image © B Tal | flickr Giving a good presentation in a foreign language is impressive enough. Keep it simple and avoid confusing your audience.
    • Image © B Tal | flickr Giving a good presentation in a foreign language is impressive enough. Keep it simple and avoid confusing your audience.
    • 5 Do not apologize. Image © nk.thillai | flickr
    • Sorry, you’re not sorry. Image © butupa | flickr
    • An apology for your language skills sounds more like an excuse. Confront your language-related shortcomings head on. Image © muffet | flickr
    • Image © marissa_strniste | flickr 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!
    • 6 Be culturally appropriate. Image © nk.thillai | flickr
    • 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
    • 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
    • Practice giving your presentation to a native speaker who is familiar with the culture.
    • Ask about appropriate: dress gestures expressions humor visual aids Image © meddygarnet | flickr
    • Bonne chance! Удачи! Veel geluk! Alles Gute! ขอให้ โชคดี! Good luck! Boa suerte! Lycka till! !‫بالتوفيق‬ ¡Buena suerte!
    • For more advice on all things foreign language, connect with Transparent Language: