I have a huge problem speaking 3 languages on a daily basis and I need some tips from someone familiar with the topic. I have to speak Greek at home, English and German at work. Sometimes I think I am either stupid or do not have the mental capacity to accomodate all three languages in my head. I switch between English and German at work all the time because we have non German speaking colleagues and I start to stutter because I cannot remember words in a language. The biggest impact is in German which due to the complexity of the language requires me to formulate the exact thing I need to say with the correct gender, declination and grammar before actually speaking. I thought this would have improved by now but I get stuck at trying to remember words sometimes which also makes me stressed. Does anyone have any tips that could help me overcome this problem?
My suggestions, in order of priority:
- When you have reading material, read it out aloud. This helps with flow and will put entire phrases and sentences in your memory.
- Record yourself reading out and talking. It's amazing to hear an "objective" recording versus a subjective recollection. You will find that some things like a bit slower pace of talking don't matter at all, but "umming" and using expletives such as "like" or "ah so" do.
- Listen to audio books. There you will get used to how native speakers come across.