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What Spiderman Teaches You About Your Fear

in The Doing English Blog, Uncategorized

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:



Do THIS before taking someone’s advice

in The Doing English Blog, Uncategorized

Before you listen to what someone says…

… watch what they DO.

Take this Facebook comment for a software company’s ad:

“Glenn Hunter: Keap is e rebrand for infusionsoft. If you think you’re losing 47 hours per month… Subscribe to this… You’ll pay huge in programming and supper fees. I’ve had this product for over 8 years and have spent huge money. Close to $78000 Stay away. It used to be called Confusionsoft for us and users”

(↑ all spelling and grammar mistakes present in original comment.)

Now, I use Infusionsoft (it’s what just sent this email to you).

And I personally love it.

I get nothing for defending it. But I can’t help picking apart pure stupidity when I see it (we’ll ignore that Glenn writes like a retard; proof once again that native speakers aren’t always better at English.)

He’s spent $78000 over 8 years.

That’s close to $10000 a year. Infusionsoft is incredibly powerful. And used properly should be making him back FAR more than that so the point is moot (cost almost always is, providing you’re using what you paid for).

More importantly ー

He says, “stay away”.

But he’s been using the product for 8 years.

And he doesn’t see the irony in that?

You see crap like this all the time with language learning, too. Teachers who give advice that they don’t follow themselves (the English teacher who doesn’t speak a language other than English? Yeah, you know what I mean). Fuckwits on YouTube (in videos and comments) dispensing Engish improvement advice when they can’t put together a grammatical sentence to save their lives.


Is it the ONLY way to master English?


Does it work incredibly well for me personally?


The people who have taken the course and my one-on-one clients before them?


Rant over.

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Stop Your English From Wasting Away

in The Doing English Blog, Uncategorized

You seen Fantastic Beasts?

Good film.

Shame the second one is so shit.

We watched it again last night.

My boys are happy to sit and watch the fighting and special effects without comment.

My daughter’s brain works a little like mine.

There’s a scene where Tina and Queenie are making dinner. They’re waving their wands to make all the cutlery come flying out of the cupboards onto the table. And my daughter is wondering why witches still have toned muscles.

Surely if they don’t do any of this stuff their muscles will waste away?

Which is a pretty good point.

All those hundreds of little tasks we do every day might seem like a pain in the ass, but if we didn’t do them we’d end up frail and weak and unable to do anything.

English is the same.

If you want to keep your English toned and sharp, daily activity is essential.

That doesn’t mean you have live in an English speaking country or be speaking Engish at work every day. That can help. Sure. But it isn’t everything. There are TONS of ways you can build English into your life every day.

And in fact…

This is one of the first things we do in MEFA.

Last time the group came up with more than 100 ways to build English into your everyday life and routine (no matter where you live).

And I expect the second group will come up with loads more tomorrow.

If you want to stand a chance of a place next time MEFA opens, you’ll want to get yourself on the Priority Notification List.



P.S. Don’t misunderstand ー to grow, you need intensive learning, too.

Again, it’s like muscle building.

Daily activity keeps them toned and strong – but that isn’t enough to grow beyond what they can already do. In MEFA we take a similar approach and split the “growing” and the “sharpening” of your English into two very, very clear periods.

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