4 Minutes 9 Seconds

The weather’s cooled down considerably…

… and all I want to do is RUN.

Hence the Newsletter being late almost every day recently.

Indeed, November’s EES Gazette is going to be running-themed (not about running… it’s about using English effectively in the real world, but themed).

Today I am very happy to report I broke my person 1km best.

4 minutes 9 seconds.

Not amazing considering Noah Ngeny did it in 2:11.96, but hey. It’s a first for me.

Sadly I didn’t get a place in the 2018 Tokyo Marathon (no surprises there) but I DID get a place in the Tokyo Seaside (half) Marathon in November again.

Last year I did it in 1:47:22.

This year I’m just aiming to do it faster.

Not a spectacularly ambitious goal. But good enough for me, regardless.


I highly recommend you go click and claim a copy of Master English FAST.

We’ve sold about half of the printed copies. I may or may not be getting them re-printed. While I really want people to have the paper version, the reality is that it’s a pain in the arse sending them out.

I doubt I’ll run out in the next few weeks…

But still, better to get yours sooner rather than later.


Julian Northbrook
Language Punk. Running.

P.S. I love the autumn.

That’s it.

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About the author: Julian Northbrook is an unconventional punk of the business English learning world. A leading expert in English education and direct response marketing, he’s fully equipped to drag you kicking and screaming from English-mediocracy to speaking at an outstanding level. After being turned down for his dream job in the art industry, Julian suffered three long years as a crap Japanese speaker. He understands exactly what it’s like to feel like a total idiot every time you speak. But Julian overcame his language problems, mastered the language, and went on to work first as a freelance translator, then as an executive member of a Japanese company. But he soon grew sick of the corporate world and left it to pursue something infinitely more satisfying — running his own business helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get so good at English that they forget that it’s not their first language. He writes the infamous Doing English Daily Newsletter which you can (and should) subscribe to.