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Are English Textbooks Any Good?

One of my group-coaching clients asked me.

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When are you fluent?

A while ago I was browsing a language learning forum. There was a long thread with people discussing (arguing) about “when” you become fluent.

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How Important is Attitude?

Here’s a question for you ー

How important is attitude when it comes to mastering the English language?

When it comes to mastering the English language, you need to get three things right.

They’re what I like to call the three pillars of English improvement.

  1. You need a method which works.
  2. You need materials that are going to teach you real, natural samples of English so you can speak English and be confident you’re saying the right thing.
  3. And then the most important pillar: mindset.

You see, even if you’re using the best method?

The most AMAZING materials (just like those that I give you in Extraordinary English Speakers) …

If your mindset is wrong?

You’re fucked.

The Overpowering Power of Mindset

If your attitude is not conducive to getting the hard, often uncomfortable work done and to learning the English you need, to getting out into the real world and actually using your English…then honestly? It’s all a total waste of time.

Here’s a good example…

The Brits VS The Dutch

Think of the differences better the UK and the Netherlands when it comes to speaking a second language.

On the one hand we’ve got the United Kingdom. A country famously monolingual, where most people think they can’t speak languages, and don’t even want to try.

And here’s why:

So there you go.

But then, on the other hand, we have the Netherlands…

You see?

It’s all about attitude.

There’s none of this fucking around, thinking, “Oh my God, I’m a bit embarrassed if I make a mistake! Oh no! I’m just not talented…” No — it’s pretty simple. Learn it. Get on with it. That’s the attitude to have. And if you’ve got that attitude when it comes to English, you will go far. Remember what I said earlier?

There are three things that you’ve got to get right if you want to improve in English. Your method, your materials, and your mindset. Mindset trumps all, because if your attitude is not conducive to doing the method and the materials part…

… it’s not gonna work anyway.

So if you’re struggling?

Sort out what’s going on in your head first.

To help you do this, I put together this free training. In it I talk about the 5 changes you need to make to master English, FAST. The first change shows you what kind mindset you need (click here).


P.S. Click here to watch my Free Training where I teach you my “Rocket Launch” Method.


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How to Sound Clever in English

Unless there’s a good reason to use it….

….confabulating with pompous lexis and jargon does little to elucidate your verbalisations. On the contrary, my little homosapius rex, utilising such oral ejectamenta simply serves to obfuscate your communications.

There! I said it!

And it’s true.

Watch this video to find out why:

  • What kind of words should you be using to sound clever?
  • What is the #1 requirement for clever sounding language?

But this isn’t just my opinion

Daniel Oppenheimer, a professor at Princeton University, ran a series of experiments. He wanted to know which were considered more intelligent: Simple essays, or essays that used complicated vocabulary.

In every case, the simple essays were considered more intelligent.

In fact, the more complicated the vocabulary an essay had, the lower it was rated.

Simply put…

The essays that were written in clear, easy to understand language were, well, clear and easy to understand. The key ideas and message contained in the essays weren’t hidden behind a wall of incomprehensible crap.

Want to sound clever when you speak English?

Three things have to be true —

The language you use needs to be clear and understandable. Your message needs to be well thought out and intelligent. And the way you deliver the message needs to be appropriate to the person you’re talking about.

I call this the “LKC Triangle” …

… and you’ll learn all about it in my book, Master English FAST — An Uncommon Guide to Speaking Extraordinary English.

In this hunk of papery goodness, l show you how to learn the language you need and use it effectively to communicate your ideas in a way that’s appropriate to the people you’re talking too.

Best, Doing English with Julian NorthbrookJulian Northbrook

P.S. Of all the big clever words I used in that video, one of them I actually just made up. Can you guess which one?