Oh hey there this is Emma from mmmEnglish and
today I'm gonna be answering your questions about me!
Yep... I'm a little hot under the collar already!
Even without a collar on!
You've all been asking me lots of questions
about my interests and my life.
Fair enough! We hang out together every week
but I asked a few of you in my community here on
YouTube to ask me some questions that you're curious
to hear my answers to.
So, I've picked a few of them to answer today.
But of course, if you've got a question
or maybe as I'm talking,
you think you've got some other questions
you want to ask me, then make sure you add them
into the comments below.
I think I'll probably make another video like this soon.
Alright, so question number one is from Walid.
He asks, "How did you begin your experience
"How was the idea born?
And Vasanth also asked, "Why did I start my channel?"
I think I was quite flippant when I
started the YouTube channel. At the time, I was
working in a language school in Vietnam
and I was teaching adults and they were coming
to classes maybe two hours a week.
And you know, so they were really frustrated
with their progress.
Of course, being in Vietnam,
they couldn't really practise English a whole lot
outside of the classroom.
So, I started creating these videos.
I was trying at the time, I was experimenting,
to make some videos
that could kind of be like just hanging out with me.
If any of you have been right back to the start of
my videos on the YouTube channel,
you would know that I was doing a whole bunch of stuff,
cooking food, teaching English by cooking and
going to restaurants and chatting with people about
food, eating food myself!
So when I started, it was really about
creating a different type of experience
of learning English than in a classroom.
And it was a lot of fun!
But it was a lot of work too! Like,
it would take me hours and hours
to film a video. I'd have the camera set up on one angle.
Of course, it was just me. I didn't have a team,
a production team or anything, it was just me!
So I would film and then move the camera
to another angle and then bring it close to
zoom in and check out what was happening!
It was a lot of work!
Okay, so number two is from Marina, she asks,
"Emma, what else do you do in your life
It's true! I don't ONLY do YouTube in my life!
So, there are other things that I do get up to.
I'm really into food.
I don't know if you've noticed already, I've mentioned it
about six times but I love cooking, I love going out
and eating, trying restaurants, going places with friends.
I love cooking for people, mostly.
If it was just me at home on my own one night, I would
probably just cook a piece of toast
but I love cooking for other people
and I also really love travelling
and you know doing adventurous, outdoor things.
But I also work a lot. Like, quite a lot.
I work on my channel but I also work on another
really special, amazing project.
I spend most of my time working on that project.
Now, you might have found something
in your life like this, that lights you up.
I literally leap out of bed every day because I'm so
excited about getting to work.
The Ladies' Project is an online community.
It supports women who are learning to speak English
and our focus is on helping women to overcome
their fears of speaking, to support them
as they take on new challenges with their English.
So we help them to meet and connect with other
women from different cultures around the world
to help them to find speaking partners in a really safe,
supportive online environment.
So even just conceiving and then creating
and now managing a community like this
has been the most challenging thing that I've ever done.
I've had to acquire a whole bunch of new skills;
solve so many problems that I just didn't even know
existed in the world
and I've had to step up and manage a team as well.
And incredibly, my fiance, Shah, has become
my business partner through this whole process
and we work on this amazing creation together
every single day.
And I literally could not have come to the point
where I'm at without him.
We follow a program of conversations and lessons
every fortnight about really interesting
and meaningful topics.
We talk about family and relationships,
travel, culture and food and our careers.
We also talk about some of the challenges that women
face and we help each other to overcome
some of those challenges.
It's really English for the real-world, ladies!
And if you want to check it out if you want to have a look
check out this link here or in the description.
I'll take you on a tour of what it's like inside.
Alright on we go. Question number three, Tracy asked,
"What's the difference between teaching online and
teaching in schools? Why is teaching online better?"
I don't know whether it is better, Tracy. I think that
it's different and
there are reasons why I love teaching English online.
I love that I can help and support
a wide range of students,
often students who, you know, may not
ever have the chance to be in a classroom
with a native English teacher. They may, you know,
not even really be able to afford having regular classes
but I can show up and be there to support them
every single week on this channel.
But one thing that I really, really miss about teaching
in a classroom is about being physically
surrounded by my students and you know,
really getting to know them and
understanding what some of their frustrations
and challenges are and being able to
make a significant impact on their lives
and the way that they are learning English.
I guess the only other thing that I would mention is that
online teaching gives me, in my personal life,
quite a bit of flexibility. I travel a lot,
I have family in different places
so I'm constantly moving around. I mean,
it really is a privilege to have a job where I can do that.
I can take my work with me and I can do it
There are also some downsides to that as well
just by the way, like I literally,
you know, hardly ever have a day off.
I've always got my work with me and
it's not really an excuse when you go on holidays
to not work because I've got my computer,
I've got my phone so the work-life balance side of things
is not as perfect as, you know,
the idea of flexibility sounds and working for yourself.
Okay Odette has asked,
"Have you ever had self-doubt when you need to
take another step?
Do you ask yourself, 'Can I really make this happen?
What if I fail how do we overcome self-doubt?'"
My gosh this is such a good question!
I experience self-doubt daily.
There, like I said, there have been some huge changes
and challenges that have come up, you know, through
running my own business, you know,
starting The Ladies Project, running a YouTube channel,
and you know, I'm constantly filled with self-doubt
but I think the way that I deal with self-doubt
is by accepting that it's there.
I know that I'm always always
going to be doubting myself.
Accepting that it's there and then moving forward
regardless. So moving forward despite those feelings
of self-doubt because what I've found in all of my
experience of teaching, building a business,
you know, working in an office, building a career,
learning a language is that
once you do something, once you try something
only two things can happen.
One is that you surprise yourself and you feel like
I really didn't need to worry about that so much
it wasn't as bad as I thought.
And the second thing is,
if you mess up and make a mistake or you
make a bad call, you do something wrong
all it does is show you what you shouldn't do next time
or how you can improve the next time
and the next time feels a little easier because you've
had that experience and you know what not to do.
So when it comes to self-doubt, I have it every day
but my strategy, my personal strategy,
is to recognise that it's there
but move on regardless.
Okay, so Rasha asked, "What inspires or motivates you?"
I think it might be a little cliche but it's true
that the determination of my students
is what inspires me and a huge desire to help them
to reach their goals.
I'm just constantly blown away
and completely inspired by
the challenges that you have to overcome to learn
a language. I mean learning a language is hard,
it takes a commitment that you put in
over many, many, many, years and
you know, the frustrations of not making progress and
you know, difficulties that come up in your life,
it really takes stamina to
to succeed to the point where you people are at
and that's what inspires me and anything that I can
do to help you and support you on your journey
is an actual blessing for me.
Number six, the question is, "Where do you live?" So
I am Australian, I think most of you know that though
people still get confused because of my accent.
I live in Perth in the west of Australia
and it's a beautiful, beautiful city. I love living here.
The weather is mostly glorious,
the summer time is incredible, the water is crystal clear,
the sky and the air is clear,
sunny, most of the time and that really suits my lifestyle.
But originally I'm from Melbourne in the east of Australia
and that's where all of my family is from and I'm
often back there visiting them.
I've got family in Brisbane, another city in Australia,
so I'm moving around a fair bit. I've also got family
in Malaysia and in Thailand and in the UK.
So like I said before, I really value the flexibility
that I've created in my life through YouTube
and through my online business and it allows me
to spend time with the people that I really care about
in my life and I think that's a really special thing.
So, Nitin is asking,
"What is your favourite book and author?"
One that really stands out for me is
Shantaram by Geoffrey David Roberts
and the reason why I love that book is it's
it's so vividly descriptive of every aspect in the book
and I love just getting completely sucked into a book,
to feel like you're there in that moment.
The other thing that I love about it is that it's
it's quite challenging because it really,
I guess, asks you to think
maybe a little differently about good and evil
and right and wrong.
It presents a guy who, you know, was in jail in Australia
who escaped prison and fled to India and he
started working for, you know, some of the gangs
and got involved in drugs and stuff like that
but he also set up a hospital in one of the biggest slums
in Bombay and ran it himself and, you know,
through all of that work and it was all free,
completely free volunteering, you know,
you struggle to sort of feel like is this guy good?
Is he bad? And same with all the characters
that he comes across in his life so it's one of my
or it is my absolute favourite.
It comes out on top every time.
"How can I be a good English teacher like you?"
Thank you Yelizaveta, that's a really sweet comment!
And of course, you can be a good English teacher.
My advice is to
is to really try and find your own personality.
Being comfortable and being sure in yourself
allows you to really connect with other people.
It's okay to be passionate, it's okay to absolutely love
what you do, who you teach, what you teach.
Don't hide your passion for your work,
everything should come through your lessons.
Anyone can learn, anyone can learn how to teach
something, how to transfer information from your mind
into someone else's, anyone can do that
but the really successful teachers are the ones
who show their personality and who capture
your attention and who draw you into their world.
And that's what I think really inspiring teaching
is all about.
I love this last one! Sudhir asks,
"When will you meet Lucy from English with Lucy?"
I have! We made a couple of videos together
way back when our channels were small
and we'd just started out
and I happen to be visiting the UK for a couple of weeks
so I called Lucy up or I messaged her and said
"Why don't we do it?"
So we did but that was years ago!
Hi everyone! Welcome to another mmmEnglish video
I am here in London and I have just run into another
lovely English teacher, YouTube English teacher, it's Lucy
Hello I'm Lucy from English with Lucy
and I also have an English Channel.
I'm sure that a lot of my viewers also actually subscribe
to you so I'm sure they'll be very excited
to see us together! Yeah, surprise!
We have both come so far since then.
We catch up every now and again and kind of
chat about how our channels are going and what else
we're working on and I definitely, I agree,
I think it's time we probably do something
together again soon.
Hopefully next year!
I'm gonna be visiting the UK so fingers crossed
we can line something up.
If you've got any ideas or suggestions for what that
video could be, then make sure you drop them
in the comments below and I'll share it with Lucy!
So, this has been kind of fun!
It's been cool hanging out in my lounge room
with you guys, I think I might have to do this a little more
it's much more comfortable than studio.
If you have any other questions, maybe
some of the answers that I gave
today made you think: What!
I've got ten more questions to ask you about that!
Then please add them into the comments below.
I'll probably try and make another video like this soon,
answering some of your questions,
helping you to learn a little bit more about me
and my business and my channel and
my passions and my hobbies.
So if you've got any questions then do add them below.
Make sure you subscribe if you haven't already,
you really should have subscribed already,
especially if you turn up to watch English lessons
here every week just like these ones
but thanks for joining me today and I will
see you next week. Bye for now!