BACK TO SCHOOL
This sign is everywhere in shop fronts, at the moment, as it is back to school time here in the Northern Hemisphere. It is September – a time synonymous with the end of the long summer holidays, the beginning of a new school year, new work year and the re-entering to somewhat of a normal life!
(Just as a side note – as someone who grew up in the Southern Hemisphere, this time of year is always strange – I am expecting Christmas, celebrations and a real new year to start. So, in some strange way it is as if I have been given an extra year to do something amazing with).
I thought it a poignant time to make a post now – as I could think of no better time as NOW to achieve language learning goals.
So, what stops you from learning English? For every fear you may have, I have a reason why it is NOT an excuse…
- I am not very good – what if I make a mistake?
What if you do make a mistake…there is NO problem. There will only be positive encouragement and enthusiasm that you have tried. Languages are difficult and the only way to learn is to try. The only way to get better is to practise, practise, practise…
- I can’t speak very well – what if you can’t understand me?
What if you can’t speak very well (yet)…there is NO problem. Languages are living and breathing things – they change, they evolve and one of the best ways to utilise them to their full potential is to talk. Remember you will speak English better than I can speak your native language – you are the expert! Again the only way to get better is to practise, practise, practise…
- I have no time to go to lessons.
This is the BEST reason to have online lessons. Choose a time for YOU, choose a place for YOU, and choose the course for YOU. You can be learning English while you have a glass of wine after work…what a fabulous learning environment.
- I am nervous to have one on one lessons.
Have a group lesson then! Get some friends together and have fun learning. This is more than possible and encouraged – it is fun to learn with friends or a group of like minded people!
- I have no time to practice, practice, practice…
Really? Do you have a pen? Do you have post-it notes? If the answers to these questions are YES, then you have time to practice, practice, practice… On every item in your house write the name in English and stick it on! Every time you walk past – you will be practicing the word in English!
- Do you have other fears???
If you do please leave a comment and I will promptly tell you why this is NOT an excuse and today is the day to book an English lesson.
What is the worst that could happen?!
P.S. I start the next installment of my French classes next week! Now is the time!