When I was a kid, this was one of my favourite (and most read books). According to Wikipedia it has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, so it’s probably the favourite children’s book for many people.
If you’ve never read it before, I’ll give you a little summary here (you should definitely read it though – it’s great for kids and could help you with some vegetable and fruit vocabulary & the pictures are great).
Basically, there’s a caterpillar. This caterpillar is very hungry, like many caterpillars, and he eats and eats and eats. But no matter how much he eats, he always feels hungry.
So he goes through some (unlucky) people’s picnic and eats their food (he’s quite selfish if you think about it…), and gives himself stomach ache.
To be honest, if I was the same size as him and I ate as much as him, I’d have crazy stomach ache, too.
Anyway, back to the story.
The caterpillar eventually decides to ‘build himself a little house’. This house is a cocoon – sort of like a shell. And inside his cocoon something amazing happens.
The caterpillar transforms (=changes) into a butterfly! Finally, all of his eating pays off, and the caterpillar becomes something beautiful.
The story ends there. But really, if you think about it, the story actually begins.
You see, all the caterpillar did was eat everything. But now, after he has transformed, the butterfly can explore, travel, visit flowers, make friends and live.
I think the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar is much like the story of an English learner.
The average English learner ‘eats and eats and eats’ English textbooks, websites, videos and more. They eat and they get sick of studying, but they never really become the butterfly. They never really become happy with their English, and they never really feel like they are improving.
They just get sick of English.
They get sick of English because they lack a special skill that the caterpillar has.
This special skills is: the ability to use everything they are ‘eating’ or learning.
While the Very Hungry Caterpillar is a happy story, the Very Hungry English Learner is a sad one…
So, I have a question… What if there was a way to find your English learning ‘cocoon’ – just like the caterpillar’s cocoon – and develop your ability to USE what you LEARN?
I’m talking about a place where:
Would you want to go to that place and become ‘the butterfly’?
Well, that place exists, and it’s my Six Week English Excellence Coaching Program and it starts next week.
In the Coaching Program, I will help you create your ‘cocoon’ and transform into a butterfly.
Will your English be perfect at the end of the six weeks? No (and anyone who tells you that you can learn English in just 6 weeks is lying to you.)
But, it will help you to:
The Coaching Program begins next week and the spaces are VERY limited. The program costs $150 and includes six (6) personal coaching sessions (over Skype or Zoom), weekly assignments (created just for you), and email support for the whole program.
If you want to improve your English (and I mean you have a strong want or need to improve), my coaching program is one of the most effective ways to do it.
I only want you to join the program if improving your English with me will make your life better in some way.
If improving your English will make your life much better than it already is (because you can earn more money, get a better job or get better grades – or something like that), then I’m ready to welcome you to the program.
Claim your space on the course right now: https://englishforstudy.thrivecart.com/english-excellence-coaching-program/
(If the link doesn’t work, all of the spaces have gone)
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Have a great Friday!
English For Study
Ps. If you’re not sure if the program is right for you, send me an email. I’m happy to tell you ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
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.