A big part of English learning success is luck.
Most people think that hard work is the most important factor in learning English, but really it’s just an added bonus. Even the laziest person in the world can become effective at speaking English if they had all the time in the world.
It would take them much, much, much longer to be able to use English well, but it would happen.
So, while hard work is important. It’s not the most important factor.
The bad news is that the best English speakers, learners, writers and users in the world were very lucky. The good news is that you’re also very lucky. You’re able to read and speak. You’ve had an education. You’re one of the 40% of the world who has access to the internet. You have the time and the money to study English. And you’re reading this email.
The first thing you need to do is recognise that you really are lucky. If you can’t see how lucky you are, you’ll be blind to all of the good things that happen to you.
Just think about it – never before has it been so easy to learn a new language. you can access all the learning materials you could ever dream for on the internet. You can buy books and have them delivered to your house in days. You can ask a question and get it answered in minutes. Never before have people had this type of English learning luck.
Now, when you can see how lucky you are, you’ll start to notice more and more opportunities around you.
You might notice that you’re meeting more people with the same goals, or you might find motivation that you never knew you had. You’ll start to see the many language learning opportunities that you have around you.
As long as you can see it, you’ll know that luck is on your side.
The next step is to understand that everything you’ve told yourself about ‘why you can’t learn English well’ is just an obstacle.
Don’t believe me? Think about this:
The classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven was deaf when he wrote his Ninth Symphony.
I’ll repeat that: One of the greatest classical music pieces was written by Beethoven after he had gone deaf.
Most people would think that being deaf would mean no music.
So, you challenging your ‘unknowns’ is the next step. Here are some of your unknowns:
And probably a few more.
When you can answer each of these ‘unknowns’, all you need is a bit of hard work and you’ll be on your way to great English.
Nothing you can’t handle, eh?
Figuring out your Unknowns can take a while.
You’ll need to make a concentrated effort.
But if English is important to you, it will be worth it in the end.
If you want to speed up the whole process, I can help.
The Difference is my advanced English learning program, which I’ve specially designed for adults who want to speak and use English freely in any situation.
In April’s lesson pack, we’re taking an in-depth look at how to start, maintain and end conversations…
… because what’s the point of speaking English if you don’t know how to have a conversation?
The last day you can get your hands on it is Friday.
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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.