Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
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First of all I wanna welcome our new members here! Guys thank you so much for being part of the English Bites and I really hope you guys enjoy each one the most you can!
So today we’re gonna talk about a very huge myth: “Will I just speak English fluently if I travel abroad, in other words, if I travel to another country?” That’s one of the most common questions that I receive almost every single day, not only on the social media but also by email. And I really want you to pay attention to everything I’m gonna say today cause I don’t you ever again to limit yourself due to external circumstances.
First of all: what does it mean to speak English fluently? And guys /flú entli/ not /fluéntli/ ok? Be careful with the pronunciation here.
So, if you are fluent in English, Spanish, German… it means you’re able to communicate easily, you can express yourself! You can understand and you are understood. There’s nothing to do with the speed or the type of words you use or some you might miss when someone is talking to you. Oh, and there’s nothing to do with having an accent AT ALL. Have that in mind.
Reaching your fluency takes time, hard work, dedication, patience and consistency. It’s not gonna be overnight and no, it’s not going to be with a 20-day-trip to the USA or Canada for instance that you’re gonna have it if you’re still a beginner.
No doubt traveling abroad is one of the most amazing and rich experiences you will ever have. Yes, I’m pretty sure that if you can have that chance, you should go because yes, it is going to improve your English a lot (if you don’t speak Portuguese and interact in English in the meantime of course) but this is not what is going to turn you into a fluent person.
So, if you don’t have any money to invest in an English course abroad or “simply” to travel on leisure and you’re using this excuse for the fact you’re not fluent yet… GOOD NEWS, you don’t depend on that trip! Let me tell you guys a story – a true story:
It’s about Letícia, the girl I hired to help me teach English.
When I was in Brazil around 3 years ago, I used to teach English in-Company and my business started to grow really fast so I decided I need to hire someone, another teacher. Well, you guys know how pick I am right? Imagine hiring a teacher to work for me and with me. I had interviewed so many people, most of them had already been abroad, had dozens of certifications, years of experience….but it was that girl Leticia who was the perfect one for me: she had never been abroad, she had studied in a simple and cheap English school in São Paulo and had just a few years of experience teaching English. She had no certifications at all. Not to mention she had tattoos and piercings, things that when you’re hiring to work “in-company” these are rarely accepted.
Ok. Why was she the perfect person?
- Her English was perfect – I mean, her grammar, she had a great vocabulary, she could speak fluently.
- Her pronunciation was perfect – again, she had never been abroad.
- She was fun, energetic, patient, humble and she had a passion for teaching – another ingredient that I care very much.
Ok. How did she get all of this just paying R$ 100,00 per month in a simple English school? DISCIPLINE! CONSISTENCY! FOCUS and… FUN, yep, she learned how to have fun while learning English: her passion was music. She was also a singer and she wanted to pronounce every single word perfectly so she worked hard, until she did it! All my students were absurdly impressed by the fact she had a great English, especially the pronunciation without traveling abroad and she became a great inspiration to them.
The point here is: you don’t need to study in a super expensive school to be fluent in English. Again, you don’t need to travel abroad to be fluent as well. You have to compromise yourself with that goal and try to have fun while you’re learning English. Like Leticia, you can try to find a way to make it a little bit more pleasant and nowadays, with all the technology, we have hundreds of options and for free: tv shows, movies, music, podcasts, audiobooks, books, eBooks, YouTube videos and much more.
Well guys, I just want to encourage all of you that, if you want to speak English as much as you want to breathe, so there’s nothing that’s gonna stop you. Your dreams are on your hand and you’re all capable of that, I believe in you and I am here to help you all at least 3x times a week.
I know your lives are busy but promise me something: you will at least listen to the English Bite as soon as you receive it ok? That’s how you practice your listening – CONSISTENCY! Do it while driving, on the traffic, washing the dishes, taking the bus, train, waiting for the doctor… whatever! But at least, listen to it. If you have more time, so then, get the transcription and work hard to learn new words and improve your pronunciation. Alright? Are you with me? Do we have a deal? I wanna see a YES on WhatsApp! I won’t be able to reply to all the messages but I WILL READ EACH ONE ok?
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