English Learning Mindset and Motivation
Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons
Here’s a concern I often hear from non-native English speakers: “Kim, I have no trouble expressing myself in my native language, but when I try to speak in English, I don’t know how to get started. I can’t jump in, I feel tongue tied, and the words don’t come, so … Read the article and watch the video lesson
Even though I haven’t specifically mentioned it before now, I’ve been consistently challenging you with my articles and video lessons. The language I use when writing is a little more complex than you may find on other sites for non-native English speakers. My sentences are sometimes quite long, because … Read the article and watch the video lesson
Ever since I started to work with advanced and fluent non-native English speakers, I’ve started to notice a surprising trend: many of them don’t actually recognize or acknowledge when they are completely fluent in English! I recently met with a potential client who had managed to almost completely eliminate his … Read the article and watch the video lesson
Being a beginner can be intimidating. When I took my very first classes to learn what are now my favorite activities – yoga, salsa dancing, and photography – I made sure to enroll in programs that were very clearly labeled for beginners. In fact, they were for absolute beginners – … Read the article and watch the video lesson
I don’t have kids yet, but when I spend time with my friends who do, I pay close attention to how they are raising their children. After all, parenting is a skill that takes practice, so I figure I better start storing up the information for when I need it. … Read the article and watch the video lesson
Let me be honest with you: over the past few year, I’ve realized how important it is for non-native English speakers to stop focusing on perfection. As a recovering perfectionist myself, I’ve had to learn to ignore and let go of the impossible goal of sounding just like a native … Read the article and watch the video lesson
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