To (my) students
I believe, as a teacher, that first of all our students shouldn’t be afraid of speaking and expressing their opinions, in their mother tongue and then in a second language. If, by chance, the second language is English, I cry out loud: MAKE MISTAKES AND ALSO ERRORS! Don’t be afraid of them. Sometimes it will be a great laugh. As teachers we shouldn’t laugh at students but laugh with them.
I remember my first time in the UK. I was only 13, and I was so excited because I could speak in another language and people could actually understand me! And I clearly remember when I said to my landlady “the fingers of my feet hurt a lot”. She started laughing and laughing, and couldn’t stop. That was the time when I learnt the word “toes”. Even if my teacher said she taught it in the classroom, back in Italy.
So. Don’t be afraid. Talk, try at least. All in all, you can communicate not only with language but also using face expressions and body movements!
As for the micro language. First of all learn English, the micro language will come along. Read read read, and listen listen listen. If possible, as soon as you can go to the UK or to some nice places where English is spoken, speak it without fear. Be fearless!
Have a nice stroll about 😉