Many English language learners get stuck when trying to improve their speaking skills. This is because they are concentrating on translating instead of speaking. If you focus on the words coming out of your mouth and not what their exact meaning is in your native language; you will improve. At the beginning, you may only understand 30 or 40 percent of what is being said to you. That s perfectly fine. Don t stop speaking and translate. To get by, you just need to understand the basic meaning of what is being said to you. Not. Every. Single. Word.