How to speak English so that people think you are a native speaker

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WHY THE HELL DOES IT MATTER?

Have you ever wondered why the world is obsessed with learning and perfecting their English? It’s obvious that English has become a global language and it’s used for communication all over the world. Some studies suggest that 80% of communication in English happens between non-native speakers. That’s surprising, isn’t it? People know it subconsciously, however, and that’s why everyone in the world who wasn’t lucky enough to be born or raised in an English-speaking country will want to master English at some point in their life. Well, most people. 

But here comes our question – why does it matter? Or what specifically can you gain from improving your English (we’re kinda assuming that if you’re reading this your level is pretty good already!)?

For different people the answer will be different. Since English is used in the whole world

your ultimate WHY can be as simple as ‘ I want to be able to communicate with people around the world. But we know it’s a bit vague and usually not very motivating. SO let’s pause for a minute.

Why do you really want to improve your English?

  • Maybe you’re quite good at comprehension (listening or reading) but speaking spontaneously has always been an issue?
  • Maybe you’re aware that you know lots of words and nice expressions but are never sure how to pronounce them or use them in sentences?
  • Maybe your dream has always been to move to the UK or another English-speaking country and study or work there?
  • Maybe you need to pass an exam to be able to do the above or because you know it stands out in the CV?
  • Maybe you’d like to change careers (start coding?) but you know that it’s done in English?
  • Maybe you’d like to finally not feel uncomfortable when having a conversation with a business partner and be able to have a little bit of small talk with them or send them a professional yet friendly e-mail?
  • Maybe you’re a bit embarrassed that you’ve been studying for so long and still feel that something is missing?
  • Maybe you’re interested in getting to know the culture of the UK or another English-speaking country and gain a new perspective?
  • Or maybe something else?

Really, think about it. And when you’re ready, follow these steps.

  1. Find out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Focus on the weaknesses! Be aware of what you need to work on to achieve your goals.
  2. Think about how improving your English will improve your future, daydream a bit, imagine yourself in some time speaking English at a level you WANT. 
  3. Don’t think about short-term goals only – putting an exam in your CV or impressing your boss. Think BIG – who knows, maybe soon you’ll want to change your job and work, do an internship, study or start living abroad?
  4. Be ready to TAKE ACTION. 

But what kind of action you ask. Read on to find out!

We’ve both realised how much we’ve gained thanks to mastering English. A new perspective on life, new jobs, fantastic experiences, understanding a different culture, being able to study many new things – are only a few of them.

It doesn’t mean that you CANNOT have those things if you speak English at all, don’t get us wrong. But at least for us it opened lots of amazing doors that would have stayed shut otherwise. We don’t think we need to convince anyone of the benefits of learning another language. This has been proven by science and it’s just common knowledge. But it’s up to you HOW you use this knowledge. We think that it can truly alter and improve your future. 

We both realised it at different stages of our lives. But ever since we did we’ve never stopped learning and never looked back. We even became teachers to share this knowledge with other people! 🙂 So here’s what you can do to start changing your future now.

‘GRAMMAR IS KEY!’ AND OTHER STUPID THINGS PEOPLE SAY

I hear my students say that they need to improve their grammar all the time. OK, great. They’ve identified their weakness. But is grammar really going to help you become fluent straight away? You won’t believe how little native speakers know about grammar. Yes, it’s true that they make sentences without thinking – the same you do in your first language. But! Grammar rules and following them, thinking before you speak to make sure you produce a perfect sentence can only hinder your progress! So don’t fall into that trap. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, this is how learning happens! Use your current knowledge to get speaking, communicating and do it without shame. Find someone who would like to improve their English as much as you do and just talk (maybe give each other feedback too?). 

THE ONE THING YOU SHOULD DO TO NEVER PROGRESS IN ENGLISH

One of the most common mistakes that people make and that stops their progress in English is… thinking. People think and overthink things and then think again and then either don’t say anything or make sentences that should have been much simpler. When you speak, think less! Relax, try to be spontaneous and feel the moment. As mentioned above, if you think about grammar too much and are afraid that you’re going to make mistakes, you’ll never get there. What I notice is that my most FLUENT students are probably the ones who make the most mistakes but also who speak the most!

‘BUT…I DON’T LIVE IN AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY SO I’LL NEVER SPEAK PERFECT ENGLISH’

So what? Have you never met any people who have mastered English while living in their own country or in a non- English-speaking country? I have, thousands of them! It is still possible but requires more self-discipline, I agree. You need to take action systematically and constantly. Take a course, find an online tutor or organise a study/conversation group among your friends or colleagues. And if you want to move to an English-speaking country, let us know, we can help!

‘BUT… I DON’T HAVE TIME.’

Oh, this one is just ridiculous. Then you’re not committed. If you’re committed, anything is possible. FIND TIME. Use a task managing app, buy a planner and find time every day or every other day to work on your English. 

This is only a sneak peek of the things we’re going to teach you so you can become independent and effective English communicators. Why don’t you join our 14-day challenge ‘Level UP your communication skills in English’? 

Note: this challenge is for people who speak English at a communicative level already and believe polishing it can improve their career prospects (maybe even land a job abroad?)  It’s for people who are committed and are willing to do the work every day for 14 days! We guarantee results and a changed mindset if you are serious about it! There is a bonus for the most committed participants!

Click here to join the group on Facebook!