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About Julian and Doing English

Hello. Julian here.

Coming here may be a life-changing experience for you.

Isy, one client, said: “You changed my life”. Nong, another said, “What you said in your courses hit me in the face.”

Maybe you’ll feel the same.

First I need to make something clear

I have a lot of ideas to share with you. Understanding these ideas will change you as a person. Not just your English. But everything.

Even more important… if you do the work, you can reach the level of English that you want. But only if you do the work.

You see, most people don’t like the truth. They struggle with their English. They can’t speak well. Their minds go blank, they don’t understand what people say and they get confused, frustrated and irritated. But instead of doing what they know they should do they search for ‘magic’ methods that will let them learn English automatically, without effort.

Well, I’ll tell you now – Those methods don’t exist.

If that upsets you…

Well, you’re going to really, really hate me. And Doing English. Close this page now. And go back to wasting your time.

However, if you’re ready…

And I mean really ready…

… to start making English a part of your life, so that English feels so natural it could have been the language you were born speaking, go here and grab a copy of my book.

This site Exists For One Simple Reason

To help you be successful in life through self-education.

Shakespeare once said:

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven”

What Shakespeare meant by this is that the way to success, the way to achieve your goals, desires, and dreams, comes from constant learning.

I am a huge proponent of self-learning.

I think one of the biggest failures of our education systems today (although I only know about England and Japan) is its failure to instil a sense of lifelong learning in students. I’ve met far, far too many people who graduate school, college or university only to say, “I’m done! No more studying!”

This is a terrible shame.

Because the best learning, no, the most important learning, doesn’t come at school – it comes when we are adults.

Those who continue to learn, succeed.

I mention this in my story, but I hated school. And I didn’t like university much either. University was fun. I spent a lot of time drinking coffee and Guinness. But learn much? Not really.

To be honest, I don’t like going to classes much.

I don’t learn well in that kind of environment. It wasn’t until I started my Masters by distance learning (i.e. e-learning) that I found my ideal learning style.

Want to be successful?

Self-educate yourself.

And if you’re like many professionals using English as a medium for learning is an important point of everything you do.

It’s not *just* about speaking better English. Most (probably all) English courses out there just teach you words, phrases, and grammar … surface level stuff.

My goal is to integrate English into your everyday life… to make you DO English.

Learning English is a part of that. But…

English is pointless if you don’t intend to use it to get a better life

Let’s look at the BIG picture:

If you’re like most people, you don’t want English…

You think you do. But you don’t.

You want more money. More respect. More friends. You want to be respected as the one with amazing English skills in your job, family or social group. You want people to say “Wow, where did you learn to speak English so well?”


All those things are possible

But only if you change the way you THINK.

You need to put in the time. The work. You have to do what you need to do to get the level you want. And that isn’t going to happen by doing nothing.

This is only for people who are serious about mastering not only English, but also mastering their lives.

If you can’t take that? If you can’t think for yourself? Doing English isn’t for you.

More About Me And My Work

In a nutshell: Language is what I do.

I teach language. I learn language. And I research language.

  • British guy living in Japan since 2007…
  • … speaking Japanese badly since 2008, pretty well since 2009 and translator/ business level since 2010
  • Masters in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (with Distinction, no less)
  • PhD student in Psycholinguistics (researching lexical-bundle processing in second language learners.)
  • Father of three (very noisy) bilingual children
  • Proponent of constant, life-long self-education
  • Lover and avid believer in the power of e-learning
  • Runner
  • Reader
  • Obsessive coffee drinker

But it wasn’t always like that.

I’ve also been, a bacon-cutter in a factory, a Painter, a fashion designer, a translator, and a ‘Japanese businessman’ (well, a businessman in a Japanese company anyway).

Right now “Doing English” is what I “do”.

It’s where I teach, coach, and help people through my Extraordinary English Speakers programme.

Meet the Team

For years I did everything in Doing English alone, but these there are four of us.

Watch this video to “meet the Team”.

How to contact Julian

The first thing I’m going to say is, unless it’s technical support or something related to billing (i.e. for a course) – please don’t contact me. My time is valuable, and I have no intention of using it to answer random questions all day long (that’s what Google is for).

There’s a contact form here for technical support. But this is ONLY for technical support. Random emails and questions about learning English will be ignored. Sorry – I just don’t have time.

  • I don’t do volunteer work (If you contact me asking me to teach you English for free, the answer is “no”).
  • I’m not taking coaching students right now (I’ve been completely full for more than three years now).
  • I also don’t friend people on Facebook (so if you add me, please don’t email me complaining when I don’t add you back).

In fact, the only way to work with me directly is through one of the Doing English programmes.


P.S. Seriously…

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