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[Part 4] Student Stories & The Impact of Deliberate Practice

[Part 4] Student Stories & The Impact of Deliberate Practice

January 12, 2022

In this episode, you will hear about how 2 students started to use Deliberate Practice in their language learning which allowed them to quickly overcome a challenge they had for YEARS with their speaking fluency and confidence. Hear Fortu and Eli's insightful stories and how they managed tofinally feel comfortable and confident speaking in English.

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About this episode...

After living (and working) in Canada for 10 years, Eli was still not happy with his English.

Although he could communicate in everyday situations…

Whenever he had to talk with a client at work or participate in meetings, he got REALLY nervous. 

Eli knew he made a lot of mistakes when he was speaking.  

And he worried about what his colleagues, his boss and his clients would think about him. 

He also knew that improving his English skills was essential to get to the next level with his career. And a friend recommended that he try taking lessons with Real English Conversations. 

When Eli came to his first lesson with his teacher, he was so nervous his voice was shaking! 

He explained that he had an important job as a business consultant and he needed to speak English very well and without mistakes. 

Eli explained that he felt like he was constantly thinking about the next thing he had to say to avoid making mistakes. And then thinking about what he just said to try to figure out if it was correct!. 

Clearly the problem was that he was making mistakes which made his English sound bad. To fix the problem, he needed a native speaker to correct him and to help him sound more natural. 

But his teacher observed that his speaking was pretty good. 

There was something else happening here…

You see, when he arrived in Canada 10 years ago, he didn’t know ANY English. 

After attending an ESL school for 6 months that focused on grammar…

Eli decided to learn English on his own. 

And he decided full immersion was the best way to learn. 

Although he eventually reached an advanced level in English after several years of dedicated effort…

He constantly doubted his English. 

He definitely recognized many mistakes on his own, but…

How many mistakes was he making that he didn’t know about?  

The problem was that Eli did not have FEEDBACK from anyone that could tell him what he was doing right and what he needed to improve.  

And as a result, he was feeling insecure and unconfident with his communication that left him constantly obsessing about speaking PERFECTLY. 

The first focus in Eli’s one-to-one lessons was to help him overcome his obsession with speaking perfectly and not making mistakes. . 

His teacher knew this would VERY QUICKLY  improve his confidence and reduce his anxiety during meetings. 

If Eli was less nervous, he would be able to think clearly to speak English better. 

But also, he would be able to focus on what other people were saying in the meeting to give better responses. 

Aside from working on mindset, his teacher also knew feedback was important. 

Eli needed to see that his English was already good. And also to be aware of the areas to improve. 

And this strategy worked!

Within just a few WEEKS, Eli solved a very uncomfortable problem that he had been struggling with for YEARS! 

These days, Eli feels confident about his English and he is now able to attend ‘important meetings’ without fear and nervousness blocking his thinking. 

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[Part 3] Use Deliberate Practice to Fast-Track Your Fluency!

[Part 3] Use Deliberate Practice to Fast-Track Your Fluency!

January 6, 2022

This is the final part of thsi special 3-part series where you are going to learn HOW to accelerate your English learning to reach your English goals faster in 2022.

Get the ALL the worksheets, audio lessons, and transcription for this special training podcast series here

 

About this episode...

So what was the BIGGEST mistake I made that kept me stuck as a beginner for so long?

It wasn’t only because I was doing Naive Practice...

But it was also because I was following the 'common' suggestions and ideas about HOW to learn a language, such as:

"Just listen to lots of audio"
"Watch movies with subtitles" 
"Take a language course"
"Go to a Spanish speaking country. You'll learn fast!"

Trust me, I tried ALL of them....
Multiple times. 

It seemed like these ideas worked for everyone else, but they weren’t working for me. 

I thought, “Maybe I’m just bad at learning languages”. 
And at one point, I almost gave up.

It wasn’t until I started think about how I usually learn new skills that I realized, it’s a simple 2-step method:

Step 1: Think about the skill I want to be able to do.
Step 2: Think of ways to learn and practice it. 

For Spanish, I wanted to be able to:
> Speak with real people and understand them 

But when I looked at what I was actually doing 
> Memorizing random words and doing grammar drills

Wait a minute…
How are grammar drills helping my speaking? Or listening?

Oops. They don’t.

And what type of words am I learning? 
…Words from grammar lessons.

Are those the words used in everyday communication?
Nope. Definitely not. 

This helped me realize, I was doing the wrong activities for the skills I needed. 

My next mission: Find a better way to practice speaking and listening. 

And this brought me to the ‘trial and error’ part of my learning where I spent the next two years experimenting with different ideas. 

Although most of my ideas were complete failures…

… Eventually I found the key methods that UNLOCKED my language skills and allowed me to make rapid progress. 

Like really rapid. 
I got up to an advanced level within 1 year.

Although my story is ‘interesting’ because it explains HOW I figured out how to reach fluency. 

My story is also the LONG and SLOW WAY. 
… And I don’t recommend it. 

Because there is a MUCH faster way. 

In today’s podcast, I want to share the concept of DELIBERATE PRACTICE which builds on the concept of Purposeful Practice. 

Without doubt, Deliberate Practice is the fast-track to fluency. 
And it’s a method that can easily increase the speed you learn by 3x.

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[Part 2] Get Specific & Purposeful for Real Results

[Part 2] Get Specific & Purposeful for Real Results

January 5, 2022

This is the 2nd part of this 3-part series where you are going to learn HOW to accelerate your English learning to reach your English goals faster in 2022.

About this episode...

The key is to STOP practicing English in this general ‘naive’ way…
Is to make sure you have a CLEAR goal.

So, what are your goals anyway?
To speak more fluently...
To listen and understand better...
To have conversations in English...

Or maybe to...
Just get better at everything!

Yep. Those are the things most people tell me.

But, there is a little problem with those goals.
… How do you define ‘speak more fluently’?
… What does ‘more fluently’ look like?
… And most importantly, how will you know when you’ve reached that point?

As you can see, we need to get MORE specific.

It’s not just trying to improve a specific skill (purposeful practice), but it’s also about trying to create a clear goal for a specific outcome.

If your goals aren't totally "clear" yet, don't worry!

THIS is exactly what today’s podcast is about.

Learn how to get super specific about your goals so that you can identify the right activities that will get you there!

>> Get the worksheets, audio downloads, and transcription for this special training podcast series here: Get the FULL Training Series Here

>> [Goal for 2022] Listen to the episode about setting goals here

>> [Part 1] Accelerate Your Learning with Deliberate Practice -

 

[Part 1] Accelerate Your Learning with Deliberate Practice

[Part 1] Accelerate Your Learning with Deliberate Practice

January 4, 2022

Welcome to Part 1 of this 3-part series where you are going to learn HOW to accelerate your English learning to reach your English goals faster in 2022.  

Get the worksheets, audio downloads, and transcription for this special training podcast series here: https://realenglishconversations.com/email/deliberate-practice/

 

About this episode...

Looking back on the past few months and thinking about everything you’ve done:

… All of the podcasts you’ve listened to. 
… All the TV series episodes you’ve watched.
… The time you spent learning new words, phrases, and even the odd grammar point. 

And after all that, 

Are you happy with the progress you’ve made with your English? 

Despite putting in all that time and effort…
Fluency still feels like it's a LONG way away.  

When I was trying to learn Spanish, I made a simple but critical mistake. 
And that ‘simple’ mistake cost me 14 YEARS of being stuck. 

No matter what I was doing or how much time or effort I was putting in, it was clear that 
I was making little progress or no progress at all. 

The thing is, almost ALL English learners are making this same mistake. 
… And they don’t even know they are doing it. 

In today’s podcast, I’ll be explaining more about this ‘simple’ mistake. 
And showing you how EASY it is to change immediately. 

So that you can get BETTER results out of every hour you put into your English.

>> Get the worksheets, audio downloads, and transcription for this special training podcast series here: https://realenglishconversations.com/email/deliberate-practice/

>> Listen to the previous episode about setting goals here: https://realenglishconversations.com/email/cup/deliberate-practice/english-inspiration/

Get Inspired & Dream Big for 2022!

Get Inspired & Dream Big for 2022!

January 2, 2022

First and foremost, I would like to wish everybody a very happy New Year and welcome to 2022!

Today, I have a special podcast episode that is going to motivate you and leave you full of inspiration about the possibilities for this year.

To show you how much can be accomplished in just a few months, I've selected a couple of stories from our students to share with you that had a major breakthroughs with their English during the last year.

If you would like to subscribe to get notified about the special training podcasts that will become available next week, you can signup at this link:

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↑↑ When you register at this link ↑↑, you will also get access to the special Google Form I've created to help you think about your goals for this year. And next week, you will have access to the worksheets, audio downloads, transcriptions, and more.

This year is going to be amazing for your English!!

81. New Year‘s Eve House Party! Happy 2022 from Real English Conversations

81. New Year‘s Eve House Party! Happy 2022 from Real English Conversations

December 28, 2021
Get the Transcript for this Podcast Episode: https://realenglishconversations.com/latest/
 
New Year's Eve is only a few days away and we thought that it would be fun to share our story about a house party we had to celebrate New Year's Eve with our friends in Canada.
 
We'll talk about what the party was like, how we celebrated and the unexpected surprise just before midnight!
 
Amy, Curtis, and our entire team at Real English Conversations would like to take the opportunity to with you and your family a happy and prosperous year in 2022!

Does it feel like your English is improving very slowly?
Or do you feel that you are not making much progress at all?

Navigating this stage of English is complicated! With so many resources, lessons, and advice, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on and where to start.

At Real English Conversations, we specialize in helping students just like you to focus on the right things, identify which activities will help you to quickly develop your skills, and give you direct access to a teacher who can help you to practice, answer your questions, and give you the corrections you need.

It’s time to get on the Fast Track to Fluency! Meet our teachers and book a trial lesson to get started: https://realenglishconversations.com/memberships/member-plans/fluency-programs/#trial

Our expert teachers will create a personalized lesson plan and work with you in one-to-one lessons to quickly develop skills you need to improve the most.

Learn more about our Fluency Program here: https://realenglishconversations.com/fluency-programs/

79. Caught in the rain - Improve Your English with Short Stories

79. Caught in the rain - Improve Your English with Short Stories

December 14, 2021
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Can you imagine having to live and work in the one of the coldest parts of Canada?

Back when Curtis and Amy lived in Canada, the weather was A LOT different than it is in the tropical coastal regions of Mexico.

In this podcast episode, Curtis will share his funny short story about how he learned what it means to get caught in a tropical rain storm.

And the best part! Amy recorded a video of the minute Curtis arriving to the house for you to see 🤣

Does it feel like your English is improving very slowly?
Or do you feel that you are not making much progress at all?

Navigating this stage of English is complicated! With so many resources, lessons, and advice, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on and where to start.

At Real English Conversations, we specialize in helping students just like you to focus on the right things, identify which activities will help you to quickly develop your skills, and give you direct access to a teacher who can help you to practice, answer your questions, and give you the corrections you need.

It’s time to get on the Fast Track to Fluency! Meet our teachers and book a trial lesson to get started: https://realenglishconversations.com/memberships/member-plans/fluency-programs/#trial

Our expert teachers will create a personalized lesson plan and work with you in one-to-one lessons to quickly develop skills you need to improve the most.

Learn more about our Fluency Program here: https://realenglishconversations.com/fluency-programs/

78. Working in Northern Canada | Learn about Canadian Life & Culture

78. Working in Northern Canada | Learn about Canadian Life & Culture

December 7, 2021
Learn how to improve your listening much faster with this lesson: https://realenglishconversations.com/listening/
 
Can you imagine having to live and work in the one of the coldest parts of Canada?
 
In this conversation, Amy interviews her friend Mona who works in one of the oil mines is Fort McMurray, Canada where the temperatures get down below -50 degrees celcius! Mona explains the work she does, how she deals with the temperatures and also, talks about the beautiful northern lights!
 
PS. This picture is actually a picture of Mona standing beside her work truck!
 

Does it feel like your English is improving very slowly?
Or do you feel that you are not making much progress at all?

Navigating this stage of English is complicated! With so many resources, lessons, and advice, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on and where to start.

At Real English Conversations, we specialize in helping students just like you to focus on the right things, identify which activities will help you to quickly develop your skills, and give you direct access to a teacher who can help you to practice, answer your questions, and give you the corrections you need.

It’s time to get on the Fast Track to Fluency! Meet our teachers and book a trial lesson to get started: https://realenglishconversations.com/memberships/member-plans/fluency-programs/#trial

Our expert teachers will create a personalized lesson plan and work with you in one-to-one lessons to quickly develop skills you need to improve the most.

Learn more about our Fluency Program here: https://realenglishconversations.com/fluency-programs/

77. Accents & Confidence - Speak Confidently & Effectively in English

77. Accents & Confidence - Speak Confidently & Effectively in English

December 1, 2021
Learn how to improve your speaking and fluency with this lesson: https://realenglishconversations.com/speaking/
 

There are a lot of students who want to lose their accents so that they can sound like native speakers. But when we break this down into what people want to be able to do, it comes down to these three goals:

  • they want to be able to speak more easily without thinking too hard,
  • they want to be clearly understood,
  • they want to understand what other people are saying

And these three goals sound more like "I want to be able to communicate confidently and effectively", instead of sounding like a native speaker.

In this lesson, Amy and Curtis share some tips on how you can feel more comfortable when you’re speaking English.

Does it feel like your English is improving very slowly?
Or do you feel that you are not making much progress at all?

Navigating this stage of English is complicated! With so many resources, lessons, and advice, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on and where to start.

At Real English Conversations, we specialize in helping students just like you to focus on the right things, identify which activities will help you to quickly develop your skills, and give you direct access to a teacher who can help you to practice, answer your questions, and give you the corrections you need.

It’s time to get on the Fast Track to Fluency! Meet our teachers and book a trial lesson to get started: https://realenglishconversations.com/memberships/member-plans/fluency-programs/#trial

Our expert teachers will create a personalized lesson plan and work with you in one-to-one lessons to quickly develop skills you need to improve the most.

Learn more about our Fluency Program here: https://realenglishconversations.com/fluency-programs/

 
76. Canadian Hot Springs - Listen to English Conversations

76. Canadian Hot Springs - Listen to English Conversations

November 25, 2021
Learn how to improve your speaking and fluency with this lesson: https://realenglishconversations.com/speaking/
 
After recording more than 75 conversations, we thought it would be fun to start bringing back some of our favorite conversations from the past.
 
This week, we are talking about hot springs in Canada and how this is one of our favorite activities to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. You'll hear about the two types of hot springs you will find and also hear about a funny tradition that some Canadians have while visiting the natural hot springs.

Does it feel like your English is improving very slowly?
Or do you feel that you are not making much progress at all?

Navigating this stage of English is complicated! With so many resources, lessons, and advice, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on and where to start.

At Real English Conversations, we specialize in helping students just like you to focus on the right things, identify which activities will help you to quickly develop your skills, and give you direct access to a teacher who can help you to practice, answer your questions, and give you the corrections you need.

It’s time to get on the Fast Track to Fluency! Meet our teachers and book a trial lesson to get started: https://realenglishconversations.com/memberships/member-plans/fluency-programs/#trial

Our expert teachers will create a personalized lesson plan and work with you in one-to-one lessons to quickly develop skills you need to improve the most.

Learn more about our Fluency Program here: https://realenglishconversations.com/fluency-programs/

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