The Doing English Blog

If you’re struggling to speak confident English… don’t worry. You’re not alone. Speaking Confident English – The Reality It’s hard enough to learn English. But when you’re not a confident English speaker? It’s even harder. Many people find this hard to believe, but I am naturally a shy and introverted person. And even though English is [...]

One of the best books I’ve read… … is “Don’t sleep, there are snakes”, by Daniel Everett. Everett was a Christian missionary. He went to live in the jungle with a tribe of Amazonian Indians called the Pirahã to spread the word of god. But his experience was so profound that he gave up Christianity and become [...]

Question: What’s your blood type? If you’re from Japan, there’s a very good chance you know the answer to that question. You’ve probably even asked people what their blood type is. Honestly? I still have no idea what mine is. If you’re Japanese, blood type is a pretty normal chit-chat topic. There’s a whole culture [...]

Mastering English is not complicated. It takes time and effort, to be sure. But it’s not complicated. In fact, improving your English as an intermediate to advanced English learner basically comes down to a very simple Two Step method. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04oDb0CB-Ik It really is that simple. Of course, the devil is, as always, [...]

In this video and the next few, I’m going to talk about the “Shadowing” technique. Niloufar asks: Hi Julian. Shadowing is a really good method. But I have an idea. Don’t you think it’s better not to copy the voice of speaker simultaneously? I feel it’s better to copy it after the speaker in order [...]

That Dutch Guy says: We [Dutch are] good at French and German too, why are the British so crap at other languages is a better topic for a video I’d say. Indeed. We Brits are famous for not speaking foreign languages. And here’s why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t9mNGm_-XI According to a survey published by the European Commission, this [...]

People often ask me, “Julian, why did you start Doing English?” Well, it all started when I was still an “artist”. Julian Northbrook – “Art Punk” First of all, watch the video below titled “Forgetting that English Isn’t Your First Language”.  This a film about my journey as a  language learner from constant frustration and embarrassment to living [...]

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