Doing English: How Julian Northbrook Mastered the World’s Hardest Language

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 with confidence in another language – and importantly, how you can do the same. In short: it’s the story of me, Julian Northbrook. And it’s also the “Doing English” story.

Watch it now:

In the film, I mention how I found a solution to my Japanese problems. I share everything I learned on my journey to mastery in my book, Master English FAST – An Uncommon Guide to Speaking Extraordinary English.

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 now it seems like nothing happens. Suddenly mastering English doesn’t seem so easy anymore – quite the opposite. As a result, you end up frustrated and feeling bad about your English.

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 stopped improving. I just didn’t know what to do to improve.

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

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 your English. Because you’re a beginner, nobody expects you to speak well. This all changes once you reach the intermediate stage. Everyone expects you to become perfect in English – the bar has been raised.

Not only that but the things you did as a beginner and NOT effective at higher levels. As your English improves and changes, your learning method also needs to change.

Here’s how Doing English can help

In my film, I mention 47 Quick ‘n’ Dirty Ideas email series. To get them, just click here and sign up. They’re completely free and will show you how to improve your English in record time.


Julian Northbrook
The Language Punk. Forgetting my Second Language.

P.S. To get the “47 Quick ‘n’ Dirty Ideas to Improve Your English in Record Time” email series, click here.


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Meet the Author

Julian Northbrook

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.