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  • welcome to Real English With Real Teachers

  • we teach English every single day to people all over the world with

  • different nationalities and after doing it for three or so years we've realized

  • that a lot of people actually start to get stuck particularly in the

  • intermediate area or the b1 b2 level of language so in this video we're going to

  • give you three fantastic ways that you can implement into your life to go

  • beyond the level that you are at now and so you can get out of that plateau that

  • you have reached with your English so we can say goodbye to the intermediate

  • levels and push towards the advanced levels of English

  • technique number one

  • is largely focusing on your drive your motivation or your get-up-and-go and a

  • lot of language learners start out with a ton of motivation drive and get-up-and-go

  • don't we because when you know nothing to knowing a little bit it's

  • quite a big contrast you can say oh my god I know all of these phrases now and

  • before I didn't know any of it I'm amazing I'm learning so much I'm a

  • sponge of information and it continues like this doesn't it unfortunately not it doesn't

  • we all know that the longer that we practice a skill or a hobby and

  • we have gone past that initial beginners phase it can be really difficult for us

  • to spot or to notice our improvements over time and we have noticed with many

  • of our students that are at an intermediate level some of them feel

  • like they stay stuck on that level for such a long time and they can never

  • really see themselves progressing past that b1 or b2

  • level well we were actually looking for a case study to example this first

  • technique that we want to give you but it was actually staring us right in the

  • face because Harry was actually doing it so as many of you will know I am

  • learning Spanish and you may have seen me in a video of Lucy attempting to sing

  • a Mexican song to her to serenade her

  • but clearly that didn't work because she's got a boyfriend now anyway many of

  • the people with whom I practice my Spanish have told me recently that I

  • have advanced my level and it appears that now I am more or less at a c1 level

  • and this noticeable progression that I have made I attribute it to this

  • technique that I have been employing in my Spanish studies so I thought to

  • myself how can I mix one of my passions in life with my language learning and

  • one of those passions is psychology so I started looking on YouTube for Spanish

  • psychologists who practice cognitive behavioral therapy and I found Rafael Santandreu

  • and me encanta I love this guy I love everything that he does and now

  • I've completely immersed myself in his teachings and in doing this I've learned

  • so much more Spanish and now when I talk about psychology and I have the types of

  • philosophical conversations that I enjoy having with people about life but in

  • Spanish I feel confident talking about this subject because I have read all of

  • his books I even tried to translate one of his books into English it was a

  • really good technique for me and by reading those books and completely

  • throwing myself into Spanish in that way helped me so much

  • so a great technique to supercharge that intrinsic motivation is

  • to connect yourself to a true interest of yours the areas in life that make you

  • tick that make you forget about going to bed on time at 10:45 or even make you

  • forget about the important necessities in life of err like showering

  • so we asked you to get in touch with your passions your callings

  • your purposes your interests and like Harry follow or get avidly involved in

  • someone who personifies your interest and we want you to get really creative

  • with the ways in which you interact with these interests in English and if you

  • have some creative ideas tell us write to us put them in the

  • comments the possibilities are endless I tell you they are endless

  • you could take a course at uni or online about that topic that you're interested in

  • you could host a meet-up in your local area in which you interact in English with other

  • people about a subject or an activity that you love like hiking or reading or

  • fashion anything that interests you you could make your own online content that

  • you're actually really proud of and showcase it to your friends and family

  • write reviews and blogs about places and restaurants that you visit become a travel blogger

  • you could even get super creative by thinking outside of the box

  • like how about writing your own short story producing a miniature series of videos on YouTube

  • or you could even do something as daring as writing your own

  • TED talk in English and then applying to Ted and asking to do this talk I mean

  • people actually do this and me and Charlie are actually considering doing

  • our own TED talk sometime soon and I would love to do

  • that in Spanish it would be scary but it would be an incredible project whatever

  • it is remember that if you are not getting the results you want then it

  • might be time to change your approach

  • okay now we are ready for technique number two now many people that get

  • stuck in the intermediate realm or level of English are stuck there because they

  • lack the fully involved experience of learning English our advice is to give

  • yourself that fully immersive experience as much as possible and if it's actually

  • difficult to go to an english-speaking country then use technology to surround

  • yourself in English now it is totally possible to do this from the comfort of

  • your own home because the Internet is full it is insane the amount of free

  • resources that you can find online on different websites and social media

  • platforms that will help you with your English all you need is access to the

  • Internet which means you can do this if you don't have a favorite list of

  • podcasts then you're missing out if you've never listened to a British radio

  • station then get on it we've got so many fantastic radio stations that are

  • broadcasting really interesting modern and also traditional music all over the

  • radio we have Radio one which broadcasts

  • modern pop music we have radio 2 which plays classical folk and world music

  • with BBC 1xtra which is all about modern day urban music from the UK find the

  • radio station that discusses topics that interest you or the radio station that

  • shares your musical preference and listen to it every day if you don't know

  • who David Attenborough is then you need to actually probably stop this video

  • right now and go and enjoy his amazing wildlife

  • footage that he narrates in a brilliantly quintessentially British way

  • it's fantastic if you still have your phone set to your native language we

  • need to change that immediately I have my phone in Spanish and I even have to

  • talk to Siri in Spanish so if you've got an iPhone

  • make sure you pop your iPhone on English

  • hola Siri oye Siri... bitch

  • so this is a really good way to improve your pronunciation as well because Siri will

  • only respond to you if you pronounce things correctly oye Siri... f****** hell

  • our point here is to manipulate your surroundings to be predominantly English

  • the next step to truly immerse yourself in English is to get on a plane and

  • catch a flight to the UK or any other native english-speaking country and once

  • you arrive in that english-speaking country don't expect the language to

  • come to you I've spoken to many of my students who have been to England and

  • they actually said that they speak more English when they're in their own

  • country taking lessons now I think that is absurd so what we have to do is we

  • have to put ourselves in situations in which we can actually talk to native

  • speakers and other learners of English because it's not just going to happen

  • without us doing something

  • get yourself on an immersion course because these

  • courses really make you actively interact with the target language in

  • ways that you wouldn't do elsewhere and it really helps your confidence and your

  • fluency grow in a short amount of time of course we have our very own English

  • immersion courses which we are incredibly proud of not only because

  • we started our own business but because we think we've created a truly immersive

  • experience which is different to any other immersion course because you'll

  • actually be living with two native English teachers me and Charlie for a week

  • so if that is of interest to you do click on this link and find out more about

  • those courses but if it's a bit too far for you to travel then check out one of

  • the other immersion courses which is available to you more locally

  • technique number three this takes us back to an episode we released earlier this year

  • and this technique is rather unheard of really it's called language coaching we're

  • going to dive back into part two of the interview with this coach that I

  • interviewed called Christina Lorimer so let's get stuck in shall we

  • this is the second part of the interview you can check out part one where we

  • covered what a language coach is at the end of this video or by clicking the top

  • right info card now moving on to part two Christina is going to cover the

  • outline of how to do a coaching session

  • you know you start with motivation it always

  • starts with motivation so today at this moment you know on a scale of 1 to 10

  • how motivated are you feeling about you know working on your English right now

  • and then you know you start with that number that number is pretty important

  • especially in terms of a short session because that's the way you're gonna end

  • so you're gonna bookend the sessions with on a scale of 1 to 10 how motivated

  • are you feeling about improving your English today okay interesting

  • yeah so there's mechanical goals and mastery goals mastery goals would be

  • what are the objectives and what are the priorities so this is when you you know

  • really do some different techniques to ask students you know what is the

  • English for and you know not why do you want to learn English why is very vague

  • and then you always want to close out with an action plan what what I like to

  • add into that myself because I think it's so important is talk about your

  • support network as well so let's say I'm working with a Brazilian learner who is

  • a Brazilian that you can identify in your life who has learned English and

  • can they be your mentor when are you gonna tell your family that you're

  • focusing on learning English right now who in your immediate network can also

  • practice English with you so we sort of finish up with an action plan and a

  • support network and close it with the 1 to 10 question about motivation again

  • there we have it technique number three is to get a

  • language coach so you can get in contact with Christina through her website at

  • www.christinalorimer.com I should also add that she specializes in working with

  • native Portuguese to English language learners

  • all right a quick recap of

  • technique number one is to combine an interest of yours with the English language

  • technique number two is to use technology to your advantage and

  • surround yourself predominantly with English or even better go on an English

  • immersion course again ours is available up top and technique number three is to

  • get yourself a language coach to keep you on track and motivated to keep

  • pushing through that intermediate stage onto the advanced levels go ahead and

  • tell us how helpful these three tips have been for you and share any ideas

  • you have for your beloved language learning buddies around the world if you

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  • catch you next time on Real English With Real Teachers

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