For decades, non-native English speakers have used grammar and vocabulary books, memorization tricks, and listen and repeat to improve their English speaking. Over that many years, with so many people working to improve their English, of course these methods have worked for many people.
HOWEVER, we are well in the 21st century.
We don't have to be dependent on learning English with outdated books that force meaningless examples into a grammar rule, lists of vocabulary words, and English classes that don't teach us how to actually communicate. These are outdated methods, and if we continue to try to improve our English fluency using these methods, we will continue to have poor results when it comes to actually becoming more fluent.
Worse yet, we will continue to have low confidence when speaking because we don't have a specific path to actually improve.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
This quote attributed to Albert Einstein sums up the English learning journey for most people.
1. Join an English academy and take classes.
2. Hire a private tutor for conversation classes.
3. (Maybe) watch TV shows and movies in English.
4. Prepare for the next great exam.
5. Stay frustrated because they still don't feel 'fluent'.
I want to introduce you to a 21st century method of learning English (or any foreign language) that is for 21st century needs. This new method is called The EAGLE Method™, and once you learn and become familiar with it through practice, you will find yourself picking up new language and noticing how native speakers use the language automatically and everywhere.
The method is simple in theory, but it will take practice to actually turn your learning automatic as if you were learning your own language.
How The EAGLE Method™ exactly works.
The EAGLE Method™ is based on years of researching how expert non-native English speakers picked up and starting using English in the most natural ways, and then I've broken down and systematized this to create the best results possible.
Being able to use English naturally has many benefits like increased professional opportunities, building deeper personal relationships with people from other countries, boosted confidence and improved self-esteem.
The basic principle uses natural material that you love to consume, and then as you're watching or reading this material, yohunt the expressions that you find important and you'd like to use in your speech as an eagle soars in the sky and when it spots a small animal that it wants, it comes down to grab that animal and take it away.
This is what you will be doing with your language.
1. Create a list of content that you enjoy consuming. (YouTube videos, podcasts, series, even blogs)
2. Set a 30-minute time slot each day that you will call "English Time".
3. Choose a piece of content that you will study with and an objective that you want to hunt (pronunciation, expressions and vocabulary, general understanding, listening for details, etc.)
4. Watch the video with your target in mind. You will hunt this target when it comes up.
5. Work with the same video/audio content 3x. Each time, you will have a different target in mind to hunt.
If you follow this method, you will find yourself automatically starting to pick out expressions and look at how we use language in a completely different way in your every day life because you're building a habit for yourself of noticing these key elements.
A. This will not work if you are not consistent with your hunting. Just as an eagle can't leave his nest one time to search for a fish. The consistent act of repeatedly working with English in this way will build your language muscles and it will become second-nature.
B. This will not work if it's only a mental exercise. You MUST practice saying the language with your mouth. Just as any other muscle, your mouth is a muscle and it needs repetition to build its muscle memory.
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Book a call with us and let's dig deep into your English and find out what has been keeping you stuck. The call is totally FREE as long as you show up to the call, and we will ask questions about your current English state, what you need improved English fluency for, and identify what exactly is keeping you stuck.
"It's not what you said, it's how you said it."
This is a common line in relationships, but the words are true in any area of life.
You could say the exact same words with different intonation, and it may completely change the meaning of what you're saying.
Let's take this example:
"What are you doing?"
Depending on what word gets stress and emphasis, it completely changes the message. It could be:
So, what does this have to do with price?
When you're on a sales call, and then it comes to the part where you are giving your price, many people who are unsure or not confident about their price raise their intonation at the end after they give their number (especially if it's a new price for them).
This conveys uncertainty in yourself and your product.
"The investment for the entire package is $4800?" (almost as if you're asking the prospect if it's ok that you charge that)
INSTEAD, try this trick:
Practice saying your price until you use a nice, even-sounding tone.
Look around the room before you jump on your call, and identify things that you see as fact. Then use that same intonation as when you say your price.
"I have a coffee mug next to me. There are 6 books on my shelf. My shirt is blue. The investment for the package is $4800."
You'll be amazed at what this does for your messaging and your confidence.
If you're curious about diving deeper into using your English in a more effective way and feeling like you're actually in control of what you say and how you say it, book a call and let's talk.
In our call, we'll ask you a few questions about your current English level, your goals, and what you're currently doing to improve your English. We'll also share the basis for The English Mind program, which are the 3 lies that most non-native speakers believe that's actually holding them back from real life fluency.
If you're motivated and a high-level speaker, sign up for a call and let's talk.
Jesse J. Sweed
Jesse is the founder of Sweed Academy and The English Mind. He specializes in showing high-performing professionals how to think and speak directly in English without hesitation and self-doubt.
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