Accelerate Your English Learning by Getting the First 90 Days Right

This is enrolment for MEFA December 7th Start. Currently 9 places left − Enrol Here (enrolment will end either when 15 people have joined, or on the 28th November@11;59pm Ireland time)

Have you ever seen a rocket take off ?

It takes a massive explosion of energy—3.5 million kilograms of thrust in fact—to fight gravity, and get up, off the ground, and into space.

But once it’s there?

The space shuttle just glides along easily, with no resistance.

This is what the MEF Accelerator course does for your English speaking

Over the last several years I spent a lot of time working one-on-one with coaching clients. I helped them to speak amazing English. Overcome their problems and really use their English in their work and everyday life. All while also perfecting my methods.

And what I’ve found is this —

The best results come from a short, very intensive period of training… followed by a longer, more relaxed (but consistent) period of learning and practise.

The First 90 Days

What matters for the rocket is the first push off the ground. And that’s the same for you. Get the first 90 days right, and from there speaking English is easy.

But if you try to skip this?

You’ll be working from the wrong foundation, and you’ll struggle.

Create the right habit now

In the Accelerator course, we’ll create a daily English learning plan that is structured, consistent, easy to do, customised to you personally and based on methods that work.

You’ll create an English learning habit so that you get everything right now… then put your learning on autopilot.

Yes, it’ll be hard work and the process is very intense.

But the idea is to get you as big a boost in proficiency as possible, as well as get you absolutely clear about what you need to do after the first 90 days.

Then you just have to keep implementing what you’ve learned over time to get better and better and better.

Here’s how it works

MEFA is highly interactive.

The course is delivered as a combination of training sessions once a week that you study in your own time, homework tasks to complete (which you’ll need to submit for feedback each week – there are strict deadlines for this), and weekly live Group Coaching Calls in case you get stuck. This is also where we customise what you learn in the sessions to you and your personal situation. Don’t worry if you can’t make each one live – I record them.

This is not an automated course. There's no course website or account to access like most other online courses (other than for some bonus supplementary materials taken from my Extraordinary English Speakers programme).

I run everything manually via an email group and weekly Group Coaching Calls on Zoom, working directly with you.

Here's what you'll do:

  • In the first week, we’ll look at the most important change you need to make, as well as implement a “Quick Proficiency Booster” series of exercises and routine changes to get you going as fast as possible.
  • In week 2 we begin the process of reconditioning your behaviour – it’ll take more than the week to do this, but the work we do here provides the framework.
  • In week 3 we’ll get you set up with a structured plan for daily improvement that will get you the results you need, and look at the different types of learning exercises you’ll need to do (and the exact balance for optimal improvement).
  • In weeks 4, 5 and 6 we make changes to what you learn so that by the end of week 6 you are totally clear on not only how you should be learning, but exactly what materials you should use and what you should focus on.
  • Week 7 is all about fluency building – you’ll understand the 5 elements of fluency (most people think fluency is one thing… but it’s not. Fluency is actually 5 multiple processes that need to be trained in different ways – this is why typical methods fail to improve your fluency).
  • Week 8 is dedicated to removing your first language from your English speaking so that you (1) speak on autopilot without thinking or translating and (2) speak naturally, without what linguists call ‘negative transfer’ form your first language.
  • In Week 9 I show you how to stop making mistakes in English and speak accurately and naturally.
  • In week 10, 11 and 12 we go deeper into your goals, and connect them to your English learning so that you’re not just learning randomly… but actually using what you learn in the real world and improving as you go.

Requirements

To join MEFA you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. You understand around 80% of English, even if you can't speak it well yourself (you should be able to understand the English in my YouTube videos at about 80% or more).
  2. You need English in your life or have a clear future need. It is best if you are living, working or studying all or some of the time in English, or teaching English as a non-native English teacher. You can still do the course if you're preparing for living, working or studying in English, but you must be willing to do things in English (right from Week 1 I'll have you build English into your daily routine).
  3. You need to be thick skinned (meaning you can take harsh feedback and criticism). I am blunt and have very little tact. I will do everything I can to ensure you get great results in English - but I will give you brutally honest feedback (often even if you don't ask for it).
  4. You must be willing to forget about how you think you should learn English... and follow the programme. My methods work, but they are unconventional.
  5. The weekly Group Coaching calls are optional, but highly recommended. Each one is recorded and goes in a bank of past questions for future MEFA members to learn from. If you are not comfortable with this, either you don't join the calls or you don't join the course.

If you don't meet all of the requirements, MEFA is not right for you.

Bonuses

Because MEFA won't officially start until several days (or even a couple of weeks, depending on when you join) I've included some bonus training to get you started. You don't have to wait for these. I will email them to you as soon as you enrol.

These are optional, but will greatly enhance your MEFA experience.

They are:

Bonus #1
"Master English FAST Quick Start" & "The Power of WHY" Training

Why do some people improve in English so fast? What is their secret? And where does their motivation come from?

I'll tell you this: it's not because they're “talented” or “more intelligent than you”.

What they do isn’t magic, and it’s not special.

In more than 13 years of coaching English learners I've noticed something: Most people fail to improve their speaking simply because they're doing the wrong things.

Their learning is random, messy and unstructured.

They heard they should listen a lot… so they listen a lot. Someone told them they should do “shadowing”, so they do shadowing. Another person said they must read the newspaper every day, memorise more vocabulary or study more grammar… so that’s what they do.

Yet, they still don’t improve.

Why?

The answer is simple: they’ve skipped the first, very important step to improving in English. And as a result, they don’t know what they personally should be doing to get maximum improvement for minimum time and effort.

In this event I want you to stop.

Pause.

Take a breath.

And go right back to the start.

You’ll do two things:

  1. First, you’ll learn my “Quick Start” guide to mastering English fast [Which I recorded in Taipei Dec 2019].
  2. Second, I’m going to have you do the same exercise all my one-on-one coaching clients do FIRST when they start with me before I allow then to start anything else [The Power of WHY].

Doing this will help you to:

  • Get maximum improvement for minimum time and effort.
  • Understand why you lose motivation to improve in English (resulting in constant “start-stop” behaviour).
  • Diagnose your personal weak point in English so you know exactly what to fix first.
  • Turn every experience you have with English into a learning opportunity.

Now, be warned: this isn’t a “magic pill”.

I’ll teach you some of the same changes I personally made to how I learned Japanese to go from stuck and frustrated, to “forgetting” that it wasn’t my first language (according to the National Service Institute, Japanese is the hardest language for native English speakers to learn - making this one simple change made it much, much easier).

And everything I’m talking about here is part of the same process I use in my coaching programmes with my best clients.

But it won’t necessarily be easy.

But then, the best things in life never are, are they?

Bonus #2
The 432 Exercise

This is an exercise I use to build fluency in specific topics that I desperately need to get right, in as little as 9 minutes.

MEFA Trainee Rick said: 

"Wow Julian, he 432 exercise - powerful stuff. English expressions and a richer vocabulary just bubble up after going through the cycle 3 or 4 times. And my English stays activated throughout the day."

And he's right.

It is IS powerful.

And you'll be getting the 30-minute training to do before the course starts so you can get using it right away.

In the training we discuss:

  • What fluency is, how how to build it in English fast.
  • What the 432 exercise is, and when you should use it.
  • A step-by-step demonstration of the 432 exercise.

I learned this exercise at an Academic Conference I attended in 2013, and when I heard about it I was very surprised. Research has shown this to be a very, very effective way of building fluency in topics fast ... but nobody outside of academic research has ever heard of it.

Bonus #3
"The Lost Event"

A while ago I went digging in my archives to see if I could find something to get you started, right now, related to the MEFA method.

And I found the recording of an event I'd completely forgotten about.

It was the first live event I ever did...

... we didn't sell this or release it to the public, so unless you were at the event this is the only way you can get it. It goes into detail about my philosophy for speaking high-level, high-quality English.

Bonus #4
English Quick Start: The fundamental principles of learning English, or any other skill, quicker than anybody else

This is a 1-hour 20-minute training I did all the way back in 2014 where I teach you 4 ideas for learning English (or, to be honest, anything) faster, and at a deeper level.

The content is great, if not a little old looking (my fashion and haircut are, to be frank, embarrassing...).

Bonus #5
Confidence Quick Start: Overcoming the Three fears of great English speaking

This is another 1.5 hour or so training I did in 2014 with embarrassing fashion and hair. In this one, I teach you the 3 most important aspects of confidence when it comes to speaking English as a second language, and how to fix them easily.

Join Us

Places are strictly limited to 15 places on each group.

For that reason, understand there are strictly no refunds on the course and all sales are final (I only want people serious about doing the work to join).

The course starts December 7th.

Important Note: Because the November start group will run over Christmas and New Year, there will be a two-week break between December 20th to January 4th.

You get all the Bonuses right away when you enrol.

The full course fee is €750.00

Note: the price goes up almost every month, so it will not always be the same.

Enrol here:

With that, I see you on the other side.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

Common Questions

"How much time do I need every day for MEFA?"

Here’s a common question about MEFA:

Hi Julian,
A quick question. How much time should I allocate to this course, including all the classes and assignments, per week?
Thanks,
Majid

I ask you to commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

That’s normally enough for all the MEFA tasks. Some people may need a little more time (particularly if your comprehension skills aren't good - though we'll improve that over the first few weeks). Others may need less time.

You'll also need extra time for the English study that I’ll ask you to do (this isn't advertised on the course page, but I also give you weekly lesson from my EES programme to supplement what you learn in MEFA).

The live sessions themselves are about 60 minutes each, depending on the week. Some are a little longer (but not much) some a little shorter. You can split them over two or three days if you want to, though (I send the sessions out every Monday). The homework is different each week. Some weeks will take you a while to do, others no time at all.

Basically, you don’t really need that much time.

This said, I will point out though that a big part of what we're doing in the course is saving you time. Several years ago one of my clients worked in an international company in Japan and consistently had trouble at work because of his English. He wasted a lot of time because of misunderstandings and mistakes made and ended up having to work a lot of overtime (often unpaid) and obviously, his incompetence made him very, very unpopular with his boss and co-workers. The solution was both simple and obvious: fix his English.

Another thing I do with coaching clients (and will do in the MEFA course) is help you engineer your routine so that you're using time that'd normally be wasted because being "busy" is often just a form of laziness.

In the case of another one of my clients, a tiny change to his day-to-day routine created a ton of time, removed something that caused him a lot of stress and eventually got him a significant pay rise...

I can’t promise you’ll get the same dramatic result, but you CAN make the same kind of tiny change to your own routine.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

“I understand 80%... can I join MEFA?”

Question ー

Hi Julian!
And thanks for your videos on your youtube channel!
Can I Join MEFA if I do not speak English at all?
I understand a 75/80% of listening (youtube videos etc) but I have zero or 5/10% fluency.
Kind Regards
Konstantinos

Answer ー

You're exactly the kind of person the course is for, so yes.

If you can understand 80% of what I say, you’ll be fine. And by the end of the course, expect the “fluency” level to be much, much higher (and closer to your comprehension level).

It won’t be easy, but it will be enjoyable.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

I'm not sure if I understand 80% yet... am I still OK?

Question:

I can understand your videos 60%...but I have big motivation and time for hard work with your method. What do you advice to me? Enroll tomorrow or wait to understand your videos 80%?

While I do say understanding 80% of my YouTube videos is ideal, as long as you:

  1. Can get the main ideas... 
  2. Are willing to work extra hard to compensensate...

... you should be fine.

When I created the main sessions (that get sent out every Monday), I used slides: so all the main points are written as well. 

BUT: you just might need to give yourself more time to do the sessions and fix homework tasks if they're not right. And it's also extra important that you ask in the group if there is something you don't understand.

We'll start working on building listening skills right from Week 1, anyway, where we'll build English into your daily routine and also with an exercise designed to build listening skills. So it should get easier as we go through the course.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

P.S. If you're unsure, email me: julian@doingenglish.com 

"Is the fee one-time? And can I take longer than 12 weeks?"

A quick question from Rita:

"Do I have to pay just once for the total course or for every month during the course?"

It's just once.

And because I know someone will ask, yes, you do need to complete the course in the 12 weeks. Each week you’ll have assignments to submit for feedback, and I need to be quite strict about deadlines (this is a very good thing though - how many times have you bought a course, book or some kind of product and then never used it because you thought you’d do it “later”? If you’re anything like me, loads of times…).

If you have a question of your own, let me know. 

Best,
Julian Northbrook

"Will MEFA also help for improving my writing in English?"

Here’s a good question about MEFA:

Hi Julian,
Will MEFA also help for improving my writing in English? Or is it better to search for a different course for that?
Kindly,
Rick Claassen

My answer:

Depends on what you mean by "writing". What is it you need to do in English?
Julian

And the reply:

Blogging, better said translating my ideas in understandable and digestible English. 
Rick

And mine:

OK, there's a short answer and a long answer.
The short one −
Yes.
The longer one −
I'm not a writing expert, and asking me about writing is like asking a cat owner for advice about looking after your dog. I won't help you with specific styles, composition or anything like that. And if you want that, don't join, because I'll just tell you I don't know. I specialise in speaking, conversation and helping people use what I call "high quality" English (i.e. English that sounds amazing and is effective for the person you're talking to based on their culture, thinking, etc.). Ultimately what you want to do is sound good in English and communicate effectively, in a way that is going to engage your audience. And in that sense writing (for a blog, or even emails, anything like that) is no different to speaking. The fundamentals of everything we do in the course are the same.
Anyway, yes, it'd be worth you joining. But no, don't join if you're not sure.
Julian

And that’s it.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

"May I pay by monthly payments?"

Comes a question:

Good evening,

Quick question,
May I pay by monthly payments?
Thanks in advance.

Regards,
Luci

Normally, no. It’s just too much hassle.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

What's your MEFA Member Expectations?

If you’re on the fence about joining MEFA…

… let me try and put you off.

If you join, I have quite strict expectations about what you need to do, and I expect homework done, submitted on time and carefully considered.

And when I give feedback, if you HAVEN’T done that... I will criticise you for it and make it very clear that I’m not impressed. Of course, if I can see you’ve tried hard and simply made a mistake or misunderstood something? That’s fine. But there’s a world of difference between trying and failing and not trying and failing.

So to be clear, if you join, here are my expectations ー

  1. I expect you to do the homework and will be (very) disappointed if you don't. We do keep a record of everybody's activity, and I have told people they’re not welcome on future courses because they didn’t participate. Harsh? Perhaps, but you have been warned.
  2. MUST have your homework by every Sunday Morning @10 am Ireland time. That's the deadline each week. If you submit even 1 minute after that, you won’t get feedback.
  3. If you get stuck or have any questions at any point you must ask. My goal is for you to be completely clear about what you do with English, how to use it in the real world and how to improve your English. There will be an optional live Q&A session every week (shared with Extraordinary English Speakers members, and normally Fridays @11:15 am Ireland time, though the time does change) and you can also ask questions in the group any time.

In a nutshell…

I take my work seriously, and if you aren’t going to take your English-improvement seriously as well, you shouldn’t join.

See, MEFA always fills up. 

And I really, really don’t want to mess around with people who make excuses, don’t do the work then piss and moan because they don’t get the results they need.

If you have a good work ethic and can stomach my brand of blunt-reality you'll benifit from this course.

If you're going to make excuses or your a senistive flower and easily offended, you shouldn't join.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

Got a different question? Hit me up here: julian@doingenglish.com