The ‘Kitty Litter Cleaning’ Secret to Enjoying English

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Sam Pealing

Sam Pealing

I'm Sam - your expert English language teacher and coach from England. With over 10 years of experience and multiple degrees in English Language Teaching, I'm dedicated to helping you master the language with ease and confidence.

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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…

How can I start enjoying English?

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:

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:


English For Study

*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

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