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Why I Don’t Care if You’re Offended

in Doing English Podcast

Occasionally people tell me…

“You should be more polite because people might get offended”

Last week I got it twice.

Once on Tuesday, and once yesterday.

But this raises an interesting point.

You see…

Not only do I not care if you are offended… and not only do I not care if ANYONE is offended… but on the contrary, I WANT people to be offended.

Not because I’m a mean person…

But because right from the beginning I want you to understand what it is like to work with me as a client, or be a member of one of my courses.

If you find me rude and offensive now?

It’s far, far better for us both if you unsubscribe from these emails.

See, I’ve long found I get the best results by being myself.

And that means painfully blunt.



Which is why I only want to work with people with a thick skin. People who can take a bit of harsh reality and blunt criticism. Because if you ask me what’s wrong with your English… I’m not going to do what most so-called English teachers do and tell you that you’re great even if you’re not.


I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what I think, and EXACTLY what is wrong with your English. And if you can’t see why this kind of uninhibited honesty is incredibly beneficial to you and improving your English… you’re a fool.

One more thing ー

Not only that but honestly?

It’s more fun.

Who wants to be dry and boring and “professional” all the time?

I have a dark, gritty sense of humour and I’d far rather work with people who are the same than boring snowflakes who can’t take a joke.

If that upsets you?


If you have a thick skin, though, and want to fix your English FAST, without pretence or bullshit, you’d do well to get yourself on the MEFA Priority Notification List:



What Spiderman Teaches You About Your Fear

in Doing English Podcast

Six hours of Spiderman?

God yes.

That was my yesterday.

Spiderman Marathon. All three films (the good ones with Tobey Maguire; not the shitty new ones) watched in a row, non-stop.

The perfect way to get over my mildly hungover Saturday.

Have you noticed that Amazon video pops up little bits of trivia when you pause films?

One caught my attention ー

“According to Stan Lee, Spiderman wears a mask so his enemies couldn’t see his fear.”

Even superheroes get shit-scared in the face of adversity. Just like with dogs, it’s never a good idea to show your fear. Doing so just puts you in a position of weakness and makes you powerless. Spurs on the beast you’re battling with.

And so it is with English.

Half of the battle is getting over your own mindset, and putting your fear of looking stupid aside so you can get on with speaking well. Not freezing. Starting with confidence. First impressions count, as they say, and so you need to make that first impression a good one.

And that’s exactly what we do in Week 2 of MEFA.

It’s all about reconditioning your thinking and behaviour so that English becomes something we do, easily, with confidence, and without hesitation.

If you’re on MEFA…

… we kick off at 11 am Ireland time tomorrow.

The rest of you can (and should) get yourself on the Priority Notification List for next time we open by going here:



Brownies, Banter and Dick Measuring

in Doing English Podcast

It’s Citybizzy time, ladies and gentlemen.

By which I mean…

… it’s Friday …

… and time for the latest Extraordinary English Speakers lesson.

If you want to get right to it, it’s here:

The setting for this week’s lesson is the Weekly Citybizzy catch-up meeting. Sasha has an idea… cue much grumpiness from Stan (who’s ALWAYS grumpy) and jokes directed at the fact Sasha ALWAYS has good ideas… which lead to more work for everyone.

The conversation quickly disintegrates into banter, jokes and minor argument over who bakes the best brownies.

We look at…

  • Good-natured humour, banter and playful language.
  • Pisstaking and guy talk (i.e. “Dick Measuring”).
  • A very common chunk that lets you boast about yourself without appearing big-headed and full of yourself (this is essential if you live in the UK or use English with British people).
  • Dan’s humorous way of trying to sound cool and mysterious, and the exact phrases and expressions that George uses to call dan out on his joke.
  • A simple but powerful expression that Sasha uses to add weight and power to her idea that makes it very difficult for people to ignore (pay close attention to this and use it yourself next time you need to present an idea to someone).
  • And 21 chunks of English for you to steal and use yourself in your own conversations.

The place to go is here:


P.S. If you’re not a member yet you can go here to apply for a place: