Accelerate Your English Learning by Getting the First 90 Days Right

There are currently 8 places left on the June MEFA start (starting June 1st). For a limited time MEFA also comes bundled with "Lockdown Lifestyle" - my new 9-Strategy Discussion for dealing with the three biggest challenges people face in the current 'COVID-19' situation. You get this (and other bonuses) right after enrollment.

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.

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 year and a half, I’ve spent a lot of time working one-on-one with coaching clients. I’ve 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.

In the Accelerator course, we’ll create a daily English learning plan that is structured, consistent and easy to do 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 intense. But the idea is to get you a big boost in proficiency, as well as get you absolutely clear about what you need to do after the first 12 weeks…

... 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.

It’s delivered as a combination of training sessions once a week (I'll send them every Monday morning), homework to complete (which you’ll need to submit for feedback each week), and weekly live group coaching Q&A calls in case you get stuck (don’t worry if you can’t make each one live – I record them, and you can also ask questions via the email discussion group we use).

This is not an automated course. There's no course website or account to access like most other online courses.

I run everything manually via an email group.

The next available group starts on June 1st.

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 (most people have what I call an "imbalance" in their learning that is holding them back, causing them to translate in their heads and overthink everything... we'll break this right from week one).
  • 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 to speaking confident English and making use of every opportunity that comes your way without fear or hesitation.
  • In week 3 we’ll get you set up with a structured plan for daily improvement: this is what I call the "Two Track Approach". As part of this, I'll also teach you the 4 main learning exercises my best clients use to learn and practise English effectively, and the exact balance of study and use you need to build English speaking skill rapidly. 
  • In week 4 you'll learn how languages work, and the two different "types" of words, phrases and expressions you need to learn to speak well (and which to spend the most time learning, and how to do it). Many people believe you just need to learn more words or study more grammar to improve... but that simply isn't true. This week will demonstrate why, and show you what you SHOULD do instead.
  • In week 5 I'll show you how native speakers speak so fluently and naturally using 'chunks' of language, and I'll teach you the exercises you need to use to identify and learn this fluency-building chunks quickly and easily. I'll also introduce you to two tools (both freely available online) I use to gain deep understanding of chunks of English and learn to use them correctly in the real world.
  • In week 6 we'll go over which learning materials are best to use, and why things like textbooks, conversation classes and even free YouTube lessons are damaging your English speaking ability. You'll also learn how to use a special technique called "Retrodictive Learning" to boost your improvement speed, and I'll have you take everything you've learned in the course so far and combine it into a highly-effective study routine.
  • Week 7 is all about fluency building – you’ll understand the 5 elements of fluency and exactly which exercises are best for improving each element. 
  • 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 (hint: the fast and easy way to do this is very, very different to what you've done before - you don't need corrections on your English, or to learn yet more pointless grammar rules).
  • 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.

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.

The most important of these RIGHT NOW is:

Special "Lockdown Lifestyle" Bonus
The 9-Part 'Game Plan' Discussion for Dealing with the Current Fucked-up World

After talking to many of my coaching clients, EES members and MEFA trainees over the last few weeks, I’ve come to a simple conclusion: many people are having a tough time right now.

Some more than others, to be sure.

But most are feeling the effects of COVID-19 and struggling to one degree or another.

Here’s what I propose: many of the common things people are struggling with can quite easily be “flipped” into opportunities to come out of this situation stronger.

This is where Lockdown Lifestyle comes in.

It's not about learning and improving in English per se (though some of it is), but it is super relevant. If you are struggling with your day-to-day life, you may find it hard to focus and stay motivated. And thats bad for you, and it's bad for me because I WANT you to be a successful MEFA graduate.

This video explains:

Here's how it'll work:

This was originally recorded as a live event where, over three sessions, I taught my 9-strategy game plan for coming out of the current situation better, faster and stronger than every before.

You'll get access to these three sessions, and the implementation worksheets that I gave attendees as soon as your enrol (I will email them to you).

I'm doing this because most people need these sessions RIGHT NOW, and don't want to wait until the MEFA course officially starts.

  • Day 1: Flipping "Overwhelm" into Energy and Flow (many people feel overwhelmed right now, but in reality this just shows you were doing too many of the wrong things in the first place - in this session I teach you the same exercise I use with my coaching clients to massively cut down on wasted time and energy).
  • Day 2: Flipping Feeling Trapped into Freedom (are you feeling stuck and depressed at home? Is your health suffering as a result? This is the case for many people - in this session we talk about dealing with these issues).
  • Day 3: Flipping Uncertainty about the Future into a feeling of Confidence (this was the most advanced session, and we discussed strategies for positioning yourself as a unique in your industry, and setting yourself up in a way to protect your job, or, if the worst does happen, so that you're already on your way to bigger, better things anyway).

These sessions will be available for the next month or so, until the world lifts its lockdown and we're all thrown out into the chaos to deal with what's left of our lives and jobs.

It's my hope that these strategies can make this much easier for you.

Or even better, they can help come out of this better off. 

Other Bonuses

There are also several other bonuses that I'll send you right away by email. I recommend you study these while you're waiting for your run of MEFA to start.

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 and group 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 email is the only way you could 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 faster, and to 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.

How to Join MEFA

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 next group starts June 1st (currently 8 places remaining - once this group is full, you'll have to wait until July). You get all the Bonuses right away when you enrol.

The course fee is €750.00.

Note: the price goes up almost every month, so it will not always be the same (meaning this is likely the best deal you will get on the course).

Enrol here:

Best,

Julian Northbrook

P.S. What if you've got questions before you join?

During enrolment day I will check my email and answer any questions people send − email me here: julian@doingenglish.com.

But first, please check...

Some Common Questions

“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.

The place to join is here.

Best,

Julian

"Is MEFA a one-time fee?"

A quick question from Rita:

"Do I have to pay €749 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. 

Otherwise...

Join the MEF Accelerator course here.

Best,

Julian

"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 for intensive learning.

That’s for all the MEFA tasks.

And extra 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'll 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.

We kick off on July 1st, and doors close on enrolment as soon as 15 people join.

There are still 2 places left with Special Limited bonuses.

The place to enrol is here.

The course fee this time is €700. Places are limited to 15 people, and so there are strictly no refunds on the course fee to discourage people who join then don't do the work.

Best,
    Julian

P.S. If you have a question, send me an email and ask.

"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.

The place to enrol is here.

Best,
     Julian

P.S. Got a question of your own?

Send me an email and ask.

"May I pay by monthly payments?"

Comes a question:

Good evening,

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

Regards,
Luci

Nope.

It’s just too much hassle.

The place to enrol is here.

Best,
     Julian

P.S. Got a question of your own?

Send me an email and ask.

Julian's 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. I 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…

Click here to enrol.

Best,
     Julian

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