The way most people “practise” speaking is crap.

Just chatting for a few minutes occasionally really isn’t that helpful. We tend to “chat” about the same things. We also tend to stay in our comfort zones. And forget what we said. And get no real feedback. This is the main reason I don’t do Skype lessons anymore (Skype lessons can be good… IF they’re done well… but the problem is, most people who want them have “opinions” about how it should be done, and that just makes them useless).

There is, however, a way you can get SUPER high quality speaking practise…

… complete with expert feedback…

… that is very intensive (meaning you improve fast) …

… and is so cheap it’s basically free.

And when combined with everything you get in Doing English+? It might actually be the ultimate way to master English.

What is this magical way that’s not magical at all?

Kevin Glenn and I discussed it in detail in September’s Masterclass. Which you get along with the rest of September’s lesson content when you join today.

But you’ve got to be quick – this will be archived September 30th, 11:59pm.



P.S. Oh, by the way – the Masterclass sessions?

They’re an hour long, normally interview format, and you get a video, audio and transcript – so go can watch, listen and read the same content.

Great way to get the ideas (and language we use) fixed in your head.

Right now I’m reading

Reading the Oxford Dictionary: one man, one year 21,730 pages by Ammon Shea.

Not sure why anyone would want to read the OED to be honest. Especially since Shea himself says:

“As far as hobbies go, it is as most of them are–largely useless. Contrary to what many self-help books would have you believe, adding a great number of obscure words to your vocabulary will not help you advance in the world. You will not gain new friends through this kind of endeavor, nor will it help you in the workplace. At best you might bore your friends and employers and at worst you will alienate them, or leave them thinking that there is something a little bit wrong with you.”

Wise words indeed, Mr. Shea.


For most intermediate-advanced learners, vocabulary should NOT be a priority.

Chunks should be.

The reason you can’t speak is NOT because you don’t know the right words.

You know the words.

You just don’t know how to combine them.




How do you learn chunks?


You join Doing English+.

And I do all the hard work for you.

Study the lessons I give you each week.

And you’ll soon be speaking, reading, writing and listening better.




P.S. The deadline to get this month’s Lesson Content is the day after tomorrow.

This month includes an hour-long interview with Kevin Glenn (winner of the 2014 toastmasters – you can see the speech here) on how to speak effectively in front of people. You get the video recording, audio version and full transcript. You’ll learn how to speak so people WANT to listen, how to make your speeches, presentations (or any other kind of speaking) fun and entertaining, how to speak with confidence (even if you don’t feel confident), how to get REALLY high quality speaking practise for a price so low it’s almost free, and much, much more.

Here’s the link again.

When are you fluent in English?

A while ago I was browsing a language learning forum. There was this massive long thread with people discussing (arguing) about “when” you become fluent. Now, apart from arguing on forums being a total waste of time, it’s also a totally pointless question. Because “fluency” (as most people understand it) is a meaningless concept.

What does it mean to be “fluent”?

To speak without effort, like you do in your native language?

Most people would agree with that, I guess. But I think that definition is total codswallop.

But can you talk effortlessly about EVERYTHING in your native language?


Your job?

How about the Sex Pistols?

Or neuroparasitology?


You can’t talk about neuroparasitology in your native language?!?!

Oh my god…

That mean’s you mustn’t be fluent.

… pretty stupid idea, right?

The reality is that you can be pretty fluent without actually being good at English. And you can be good at English without actually being fluent (although you probably wouldn’t SOUND great if you were like that).

Well, no problem.

There is a better way.

I encourage topic-specific mastery. And yes, “fluency” is a part of that. But only ONE part.


And it’s what I teach in all of my courses.

But you can’t join those unless you get yourself signed up to the Doing English Daily Newsletter.



P.S. Neuroparasitology is the study of parasites which attach themselves to the brain and change behaviour. Euhaplorchis Californiensis, for example, makes fish jump out of the water so birds can catch them easily.

Why do they do this?

Because they reproduce in the bird, which then poos out the babies… gross. But bloody clever.

Oh… and humans can get parasites like this too.


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