Forgetting that English isn’t your first Language

A film about one language learner’s journey from constant frustration and embarrassment to living with confidence in another language.

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Are you feeling stuck with your English and unable to progress?

Something frustrating happens to English learners. All language learners, in fact. Me. You. Everyone.

In the beginning, you studied hard, and progressed really fast. It felt good. It seemed like mastering English was going to be easy. But then you reached the intermediate stage. And you suddenly stop improving. You still study hard… but but nothing seems to happen. Suddenly mastering English doesn’t seem so easy anymore.

This is very, very frustrating.

I understand

I’ve been through the same thing myself. As a beginner in Japanese I moved fast, and it felt great. But once I reached the intermediate stage I just didn’t know what to do to improve.

As I talk about in my film, I felt like I’d tried everything and nothing seemed to work.

But here’s what they don’t tell you at school:

Being a beginner in English is not the same as being at the intermediate level

When you know nothing about English, everything is new. If you only know one word, you’ve only got to learn one more to double you English.

Because you’re a beginner, nobody expects you to speak well.

This all changes once you reach the intermediate stage.

Here’s how I can help

You should have watched the short film above.

After you’ve watched the film, if you like my approach and think I can help, sign up to the Doing English emails.

Every day you’ll and an email packed with ideas to help you break past the intermediate barrier and master English.

Cheers,

Julian

P.S. Although I’ve lived in Japan for a long time I’m from the UK. This site is written in British English which might be a little different than you’re used to.

We write “colour” and not “colour”, “practise” and not just “practice”.

Such is the wonderful world of English…

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