Creativity is one of the keys to successful English. Translating every word in your head doesn’t work. You need to become comfortable using English in different ways than you use words in your language. You also need to practice finding creative ways to express yourself when you can’t find the right words.
A lot of people think that the way to learn English is to study, study, study. And then one day they’ll be perfect. Work, work, work. And then one day, far in the future, they will be successful. They will be 100% fluent and speak just like a native speaker. 100% Perfectly.
There is some recent research that shows an interesting connection between music and learning. Fabrice Dossville a researcher at a university in France did an experiment with 249 students of sports psychology. He divided them into two groups of equal academic ability. Each group listened to a one-hour lecture on sports psychology. One group listened to classical music in the background during the lecture. The other group listened to the lecture with no music. After the lecture, they took a test to see how much they could remember. The group that listened to classical music did much much better on the test.
We have the potential to be successful with all our goals, but we need to connect with this successful potential in the mind first. Visualization is a great tool for connecting us and guiding us towards our potential for success.
Would you like to become a more fluent English speaker? Your answer is probably, “yes”. But did you know that to become more fluent, you need lots and lots of practice? And to do that, you need more contact hours with the English language. That is, you need a lot of input that you can actually understand. You know, you can be surrounded by English speakers all the time, but if you can’t understand them, then you won’t progress as quickly.
Before we talk about improving you pronunciation, I have a question for you. What did English sound like before you learned English? Did it sound completely alien? Did it sound like nonsense? Maybe this video will help you remember…
Do you need to see a doctor to speak better English? A small group of people in Korea think so. These people believe that Korean children have naturally shorter tongues than Americans, and this stops them from correctly pronouncing English sounds. These parents are so worried that their children won’t speak correct English that they bring them to the doctor to get an operation on their tongue. These operations are called frenectomies. During frenectomies, the doctors cut the tissue under the tongue. This is supposed to make the tongue more flexible and more able to pronounce English sounds.