Are you someone who thinks that it’s crazy to enjoy learning English?
Well, I have a confession to make.
I kind of enjoy cleaning the kitty litter.
(The kitty litter is the place where cats go to the toilet.)
Sure, it stinks, and there’s poo and pee, but it’s not a bad job.
Let me explain.
When I was a kid, I LOVED dinosaurs, fossils and really old, ancient stuff. I used to pretend that I was an archaeologist digging for dinosaur bones or fossils of old and dead animals from millions of years ago.
I actually found a few things: a fossilised leaf, a fossilised shell and a shark’s tooth (I think I bought that one).
But anyway, let me get back to the story.
So, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a fossil hunter or an archaeologist. When I grew up, I decided I wanted to teach English. But that curiosity and desire to find new things never left me.
So, in a way, I see cleaning the kitty litter as being the same as hunting for fossils. The only difference is that cleaning the kitty litter stinks and I don’t show anyone what I find.
But the actual action of hunting for something is still there. Thus, I don’t mind (and kind of enjoy) doing it.
And that’s something you should aim to do with English. Make it fun. Make the inner child (= the child inside you) in you ‘look forward’* to studying English.
But there’s a question – and I’m sure you’ve thought about this before…
That’s something that’s personal to you.
For example, I had a teacher that loved to make us sing when learning Spanish. I hated it. I was a 13 year old lad full of hormonal changes at school – singing in class was the LAST thing I wanted to do. However, there are a lot of people who love singing and do well at getting their students to sing.
One of my teacher trainers is an example of that. She sings in a choir and loves to make music a part of her classes.
So, the ‘long and short of it’* is this: it’s ‘up to you’* to find what you enjoy.
If that sounds difficult or scary, don’t worry.
I share some really great ideas on how you can start enjoying English in my Find Your Path Training Program.
(Hint: one great way to keep enjoying something is to keep improving at it – and, yes, I show you how to keep improving your English, too.)
Make your inner child smile here: http://englishforstudy.com/
It’s not always what you do though. Another important part of having fun is what you use. I also talk about that in the Program.
If you’re ready to say ‘Goodbye’ to your textbooks and hello to enjoying English, join me:
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*to look forward to something = to be excited to do something (phrasal verb)
*long and short of it is this = the general situation is this (idiom)
*up to you – it’s your decision/ it’s your responsibility
Sam is the founder and creator of English For Study. He's also a lecturer in EAP/Academic English. Apart from making Academic English easy, he likes learning languages, lifting weights and eating good food.