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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 …

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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  • 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! ! قيفوتلاب ¡Buena suerte!
  • 34. A strong language foundation underpins any successful multilingual presentation. Let us help you boost your language skills! SIGN UP FOR A FREE TRIAL OF TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE SUBSCRIBE TO THE LANGUAGE NEWS BLOG f Get more language- learning advice! Choose from 90+ languages and start learning now! t in