I want to talk about something which really frustrates me: visa applications.
If you have ever studied, lived or worked abroad, then you will know my pain.
Today’s been a busy day of driving around to different government buildings here in Tainan.
I needed to complete a few forms for my visa, and let me tell you… it wasn’t easy. Here’s why:
All of these made it quite hard to update my visa.
In fact, my visa update should have taken 20 minutes. Instead it took 5 hours… all because there were no clear instructions on how to complete these forms.
And I hate to say it, but this is something that most official government offices and forms have in common – they are overly complicated and confusing.
If someone just revamped (=redesigned/improved) these government websites using normal, everyday language (not complex, legal language) and gave easy-to-follow instructions, the world would be an easier and happier place (and the government workers would probably be happier too…)
Doesn’t this sound a lot like English?
Actually it does.
If it was simple to learn and use English, your life would be so much easier.
The problem is many English websites out there are complicated. There’s also a lot of contradictory advice on how or what you should learn. To make it even more difficult for you to study English easily, the grammar or language descriptions are usually quite confusing (for example, “don’t forget you can omit the agent when using the passive voice”… what?)
I know what you’re thinking… “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple and easy-to-follow way of learning English?”
Well there is a simple way. It’s so simple to use that you’ll wonder why you didn’t use it sooner.
I’m talking about my Find Your Path program, of course.
You can join today, and I definitely won’t stop you.
But, If you wait until Friday to join (which is an American holiday called ‘Black Friday’), then you might just be in for a little surprise.
So here’s the deal. You have two choices.
That’s all for today, my eager student, but tomorrow, I have some interesting English speaking tips from the future president of the USA.
Stay tuned because it’s going to be a good one.
English For Study
Ps. Thank you to everyone who replied to the question in yesterday’s email. I’ll reply to each one of you soon. If you want to answer the question, here it is: “Why is learning English on your own difficult?”
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.