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

January 6, 2022

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

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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