Is the most difficult English language lesson a grammar point, some pronunciation exercise
or a tricky phrase?
Well, a student recently wrote me to say that he was often forgetting words when speaking.
He also said his accent was hard to understand, and that he couldn’t express himself without
translating first in his head…
But when I told him how to fix these problems, he said my advice wouldn’t help because
it was too simple.
Like many learners, this student couldn’t improve because he thought he needed a complicated
solution when he only had to do something incredibly basic: practice.
It’s not your fault if you don’t express yourself correctly and automatically because
most schools, courses and even videos right here on YouTube only tell you to learn MORE
words and grammar.
So most students think that you get fluent by learning MORE.
But the truth is you become a great speaker by practicing FEWER things again and again,
and this is why you can actually become fluent WITHOUT learning any new words!
Bruce Lee illustrates this point perfectly because he didn’t become a master martial
artist by doing a little bit of everything. He focused, understanding that the journey
to mastery is short but deep rather than long and shallow.
He famously said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear
the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
He meant that seeing or doing something once is almost useless. Think about the last time
you learned some new vocabulary in an English lesson or YouTube video. How many of those
words or phrases do you remember? And if you DO remember any of them, how many can you
USE correctly and automatically, without thinking or translating, in your conversations?
The man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times can do this move “fluently.” And
mastery develops the exact same way with EVERY skill.
This explains why Steph Curry dribbles a basketball so well…
And why Yo-Yo Ma is such an excellent cellist…
And why Jamie Oliver can make delicious meals without measuring every ingredient.
Understand that this lesson is really only difficult because everyone has taught you
to do MORE…
But the good news is you become fluent simply by reviewing what you already know, the right
So if you just want to KNOW a lot of English, keep watching more videos here on YouTube…
But if you really want to SPEAK confidently and fluently, let me introduce you to a better
way to practice that makes practice fun and building fluency automatic…
Frederick, our new mobile app for iOS and Android devices that you can download for
FREE, lets you practice and review English like a native, but in simple, easy steps.
By starting with simple words and sounds, you quickly see discover any problems with
your pronunciation, grammar and speaking, and see how to correct yourself easily.
Frederick’s simple games allow you to review what you know in a fun way, without needing
any boring flashcards.
Learning is natural, and practice is entertaining, so the most difficult English lesson becomes
If you’re not already improving with Frederick, click on the link in the upper right of this
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I’m Drew Badger, the founder of EnglishAnyone.com, and thanks so much for learning with me today!
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