I will never forget the frustration I felt when I first came to London as a tourist and couldn’t understand a word of what the locals were saying.
Of all the things I’d learnt in the years of studying the language only one proved useful (sort of) when I eventually got the chance to reality-check my English – native speakers are absolutely impossible to understand.
I mean, they had no trouble understanding each other but I was completely lost in their babble.
Know the feeling?
What often happens next is that you start thinking there’s something wrong with you and your English.
As a result, your confidence sinks low and the fear of looking stupid rears its ugly head.
To protect your self-esteem, you feel tempted to do the most natural thing – pretend that you understand or even avoid native speakers altogether.
However, there’s a better solution.
Native English speakers ARE notorious for being hard to understand and are not going to change I’m afraid.
But you can learn to make sense of what they say.
All you need to do is learn how to listen to real-life (not textbook) English.
And I can help you with that.
Living in London and being married to an Englishman, I’ve been exposed to real-life spoken English with all its tricky features (connected speech, fast speed, liberal use of idioms and slang, various accents) 24/7 for over ten years.
Prolonged exposure has trained my ears, whereas my CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), continuous professional development and, more importantly, 10+ years’ teaching experience has provided me with the knowledge of how to help my students break the sound barrier and start to better understand native speakers.
I believe that to be truly happy we need not only to communicate but connect with others as well.
And here language is key.
The more languages you speak, the more people you can connect with.
The better your knowledge of a language, the stronger and more meaningful your relationships with other people.
And strong and meaningful relationships are essential for a happy life.
So I can’t wait for you to join me on this exciting journey from being lost for words and scared of making mistakes to speaking with confidence, exploring the tremendous opportunities that knowing English opens up, landing a better job or maybe even moving abroad.
A journey to a better, more fulfilled and happier life.