English Speaking Practise That Actually Does Something

You’ve probably met plenty of people like this:

  • Has 800+ in TOIEC or over 8 in IELTS.
  • Knows vocabulary that even native speakers don’t know (and is very proud of the fact).
  • Knows all the weird grammar patterns (also better than most native speakers).
  • Can’t say “good morning” in a native-like way.

Sounds really silly, I know…

… but there are LOADS of people like this.

Broad knowledge, but no depth.

In anything, there are people who get good. And people who get extraordinarily good. There has been a lot of research into why people get remarkably good at something.

Watch this video:

So as you can see, just because you “practise” it doesn’t mean you are improving. There are good ways to practise, and not very good ways.

In my book Master English FAST, I give you several “high intensity” exercises for building fluency and naturalness in English, FAST. To check out the first chapter for free, click here.


Julian Northbrook
The Posh Punk of English Mastery

P.S. Chatting with native speakers may not be that effective for practising English… I talk about why in the first chapter of MEF, which you can read here for free.

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.