Get on the road to fluency by changing the way you think about English.
Last week, I posted a blog post ‘There’s got to be a better way to learn English’ if you haven’t read it, I recommend that you do, as I shared a powerful exercise to help you think about English in a more positive way, and it will also help you to understand more about what I’m going to say in this post. You can read it here. 'A better way to learn English'
Anyway, in the blog I talked about how traditional teaching and learning methods don’t really work and they’re causing English learners to become frustrated with their progress. Confused and frustrated English learners are now realising that the way they have been taught English hasn’t been very beneficial at all towards reaching fluency in the language. In this blog post I want to express the power of positive emotion and belief and how they can help you on the road to fluency, better than any course book taught in a traditional English classroom. With so many negative feelings towards learning the English language something needs to change. I am a strong believer that a positive attitude goes a long way. It doesn’t matter what you are doing in life, having a positive attitude is important. For example, if you work for a large company and you turn up to work each day with a bad attitude, always complaining and moaning about small things. Is that company going to allow you to work there for long? No, they won’t, they will fire you because you had a bad attitude. English isn’t much different. However, you won’t have a boss telling you that you’re fired. But, it will affect your progress. In fact, you will speak better English right now simply by being in a positive state of mind.
Happy students learn more
If your approach to English is positive then you’re more likely to learn a lot quicker. It makes sense really. Again, if you have negative emotions towards English they will act like a filter, reducing the amount of new language you can learn. As a result, students who feel bad, anxious or worried remember less vocabulary and don’t speak as well. Essentially, they learn more slowly. I see the same thing in our speaking course. When you look at our most successful students you’ll find that they are highly enthusiastic. They seem to have no difficulty in remembering new vocabulary, phrases and expressions. They have lots of energy. These students have broken their negative feelings towards English and replaced them with new positive ones. Every time you study English create a peak emotional state. I talked more about how to do this in my previous blog post.
What you believe will determine your English success.
If you’re the student who believes that:
· English is complicated and difficult.
· It takes many years to speak English at a high level
· Studying grammar is the key to English speaking
· I’m not good at English
· English learning is boring and frustrating
Then I’m afraid that this will be the truth for you. That’s because these limited beliefs create negative emotions (about English). These negative beliefs and emotions then lead to bad decision making, which lead to disappointing results. For example, someone who believes English is stressful, complicated and boring is unlikely to be motivated to work on their English every day. they will find it constantly difficult and struggle to learn English. On the other hand, someone who believes English is fun, enjoyable and easy is going to be very motivated to practice English every day. These people will see huge progress in the language and be well on the road to fluency. So, this is why beliefs are so important. Beliefs are what make the difference between huge success and a lifetime of frustration with English.
Try this technique to help you create better a better belief system towards English.
The first thing you need to do is change your limiting beliefs with stronger more empowering ones. ‘Empowering’ means giving power. So, these new beliefs that you create will give you the POWER, make you feel more confident and lead to greater feelings towards English.
Change your old beliefs for these new empowering ones;
English is easy, fun and exciting
Mistakes are normal and they help me to get better. Even natives make mistakes.
Anyone can speak English well in a short time.
I am good at speaking English, I find it enjoyable
I’m sure you can see how much stronger these beliefs are and more likely to create success. Once that you have changed your old beliefs you can really start to make progress. Now some people may find that these beliefs don’t change immediately, this is normal as it takes time to create new beliefs. We need to reprogram our minds. So, I recommend that you be aware of any negative or limiting beliefs that may arise when you are learning or practicing English and instantly change it for a more empowering one.
Make sure you don’t miss my blog post next week, I am going to reveal more empowering techniques on how you can learn and remember new vocabulary faster and easier, it really will change the way you learn English forever. Also, if you would like one-to-one teaching from myself or Becky then join our speaking course where we can help you overcome your beliefs about English and get you on the road to fluency. You can learn more about our course here
Until next week!
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