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  • [Rachel] Hello and welcome to this special video on Rachel's English.

  • In this video, I have a special guest, Ibrahim from zAmericanEnglish, the youtube channel.

  • Ibrahim is a brilliant English teacher from Egypt with more than 12 years of experience

  • in teaching English in many different countries.

  • He's interested in languages. Ibrahim speaks English, Arabic, Chinese and Cantonese.

  • On his channel, zAmericanEnglish, he's making learning English fun for the first time in

  • the middle east.

  • Hundreds of thousands of people are enjoying his youtube videos which leads his channel

  • to be the fastest growing channel in the middle east.

  • Today, Ibrahim and I are going to answer five very important questions every English learner

  • needs to know the answer to.

  • We're going to tell you how to be more confident, how to get more motivated, how to speed up

  • your learning progress, how to have a strong grammar understanding and how to start thinking

  • in English today.

  • Let's start with the first question.

  • Question 1: Ibrahim, a lot of students want to learn English

  • fast.

  • Do you get this question from your students as well?

  • What's your advice to them in order to really speed up their learning process?

  • [Ibrahim] A lot of people might have some recipes that promise fast learning.

  • But the recipe you get from this video is not found anywhere else.

  • In order to do something faster than others, you must avoid other's mistakes.

  • If you know the mistakes that slow down other learners and you manage to avoid them, your

  • progress will be a lot faster than you ever thought was possible.

  • I will briefly give you 4 solutions that Rachel and I could explain more in future videos.

  • Number 1- Be organized Have your own word bank notebook, grammar

  • bank notebook, Forget about all the PDFs and write with your own hands.

  • Set a specific time for your daily study and stick to it.

  • More details on how to be organized with your study will come later.

  • Number 2- Set realistic goals It will be wonderful if you can learn English

  • in a month but unless you're a super human, you'll probably will not be able to learn

  • English in a month.

  • If your goal is unrealistic, you will give up before reaching it, period.

  • Number 3- Eyes on the goal, feet on the ground.

  • What do I mean by that?

  • You should always keep your eyes on your goal.

  • No matter what life brings on to you.

  • Never lose sight of your goal but please, take your goal step by step and realize in

  • order to reach your next step, you must first enjoy the current one.

  • Number 4- Believe in yourself Here's what you need to tell yourself if you

  • ever get discouraged or feel less confident in your own abilities, one sentence with great

  • powers, repeat this sentence to yourself.

  • Say to yourself: If others can do it, I can too.

  • Which leads to a very important question that I usually see students ask.

  • Question 2 Rachel, What do you tell your students who

  • feel less motivated to continue with the same excitement they had when they first started?

  • [Rachel]

  • The biggest problem that faces anyone I know with reaching any goal is motivation, and

  • it's important not to neglect this.

  • If you feel that your fluency goals are out of reach, or you feel discouraged about where

  • you are, it can be really hard to motivate yourself.

  • My most successful students are the ones who make small steps everyday.

  • Try this for one week: record yourself speaking English.

  • It can be short, just 15 seconds.

  • Talk about what you did that day or you ate for dinner, it doesn't matter.

  • Don't plan it ahead.

  • Then go back and listen to it.

  • What's one thing that you know you could have done better?

  • Was there was a word that you needed to know?

  • If so, look it up!

  • Learn it.

  • If there was a word you didn't pronounce well that was tricky for you, go to the internet.

  • Go to forvo or yougish, listen to native speakers saying the word over and over and imitate

  • it, say it out loud 10 or 20 times.

  • It will get more comfortable.

  • This doesn't take much time, and each day, you're learning something concrete.

  • That can really help with motivation.

  • Another question I often get asked is:

  • Question 3 I sometimes get confused as which grammar

  • tense to use.

  • Ibrahim, what's the solution for this problem?

  • [Ibrahim] This is a very important question that drives

  • many students crazy.

  • There is nothing I need you to know before I tell you the answer.

  • RELAX.

  • You are not stupid.

  • They call it a foreign language for a reason.

  • It is foreign to you and you're trying to make sense of it.

  • There is nothing in the world that people figure out without having a problem or two

  • so you shouldn't let that get in the way.

  • Here is what you should do to overcome this problem.

  • 1- Put all the major grammar points in a simple chart.

  • You can categorize them under 3 categories either past, present or future.

  • This can work as your starting point.

  • After that, you can focus your effort on understanding the difference between the tenses under the

  • same category.

  • Let's take an example.

  • You have made a chart and you put past, present, future.

  • Number 1 you should do is understanding the difference between past, present and future.

  • After that, come to the present for example you will see something as simple present or

  • progressive present.

  • They're both under the present category.

  • Now, what you'll have to do is try to really understand the difference between the simple

  • and the proressive present.

  • What makes a sentence in simple present, what makes the sentence in progressive present.

  • Once you understood that, then it will be time for you to just play with it and make

  • sentences.

  • Don't be afraid to try it out.

  • Only through trial and error will you get better and form a more solid understanding

  • of the grammar point.

  • Step 2- After doing that, you will have a good grasp on your weakness points.

  • Congratulations.

  • Now you know what exactly you need to focus your energy on.

  • Study those points hard, use them in sentences, write stories using them.

  • Work on them with all your might tell they become solid in your brain.

  • Only then will you gain more confidence in your own ability.

  • Speaking of confidence, here's a question that I think all of you would love to get

  • an answer for.

  • Question 4 Rachel, How do you help your students gain

  • more confidence in speaking English?

  • [Rachel] Many of my students struggle with feeling confident in speaking English.

  • And I have this trick: Develop an American version of yourself.

  • I noticed that actors are very skilled at developing different accents.

  • Why?

  • They're developing a character at the same time.

  • They're not just working with speech alone, they're working with their whole body, the

  • physicality of the character.

  • I noticed that when my students developed an American character of themselves, an American

  • persona, that they started to have more fun with it, look more relaxed and natural, and

  • confident when speaking.

  • Because part of learning a language is allowing yourself to be playful.

  • You're dealing with sounds and positions of the mouth that are totally foreign to you.

  • Some people want to back away from anything that feels strange.

  • With your American persona, you can invite yourself out of your comfort zone, allowing

  • yourself to be a more accurate imitator of Americans.

  • And when you can do this, when you can really imitate Americans well, nothing is going to

  • stop you from sounding natural and confident when speaking.

  • Which leads to the next and final question

  • Question 5 Ibrahim, How do you help your students think

  • in English?

  • [Ibrahim] This is by far the most important question

  • in any language learning.

  • Books have been written for the sole purpose of answering this question.

  • You are probably tired of all the big scientific words on how your brain works and how you

  • can program it to form thoughts in a different language.

  • You are absolutely right, It shouldn't be that hard to explain.

  • Here is what I believe the fastest way to do it speaking from experience.

  • I think in four different languages and trust me when I say it is not as hard as you think

  • it is.

  • Here's what you should do starting today and you will see results in no time:

  • Number 1- Make a brand new English notebook and make it English only.

  • Nothing from your native language should ever go there.

  • Number 2- Make this your wordbank meaning every single word that you know, keep it there.

  • Number 3- Under each word in your notebook, you will make a sentence using this word.

  • And if the word has multiple meanings, so make multiple sentences.

  • Number 4- Review a page or two of this notebook daily.

  • Number 5- Read English books, watch movies without subtitles and most importantly: talk,

  • talk and talk.

  • And if you have nobody to talk to, no worries, you will always have yourself.

  • Talk to yourself a lot.

  • And if those around you call you crazy, so be it.

  • Be crazy.

  • When you have reached your goal, those around you who once called you crazy, will suddenly

  • have a new name for you.

  • They'll call you a genius.

  • [Rachel] Thanks Ibrahim, and thank you for watching.

  • Don't forget to like and share this video with others.

  • If you'd like to see more videos like this one, let me know in the comments below and

  • tell me what question you need us to discuss in future videos.

  • Be sure to check out Ibrahim's channel, you'll find the link in the description below.

  • That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

[Rachel] Hello and welcome to this special video on Rachel's English.

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英語技巧。 激勵、自信和英語口語。 (English Tips: Motivation, Confidence, and Speaking in English)

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