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Welcome to Go Natural English

Nov 6, 2015


Episode Transcript Below:

Hey! What’s up?

Welcome to Go Natural English.

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about what to do when you don’t feel like studying English.

I know your goal is to get fluent in English, that’s why you’re here.

And I’m here to help you.

But I also know that sometimes you can lose motivation.

You might feel like you’re tired, you just might feel like you don’t have the time or maybe you have other things that you’d rather be doing besides studying English.

So, in this episode, I’m going to give you some pointers, some suggestions that I think will  really help you to stay on track towards your goal for fluency in English.

And before I forget, I want to invite you to sign up for the free ‘7 Steps to Fluency’ course at

And at the end of this episode, I’ll link to that page again.

So, you don’t have to go right now, you can watch this episode and then meet me there after.

So, we have a few different ways to get us motivated to study English.

First of all, with anything, like whether it’s studying or going to the gym, I always remind myself that a little bit is better than nothing.

So for example, like if I don’t feel like going to the gym, I remind myself that fifteen minute in the gym is better than nothing.

I can get on the treadmill, I can break a sweat, and I can feel like I had a little workout in fifteen or twenty minutes, and that’s way better than nothing.

So, the same thing is true for your English study.

And I think it’s even easier to do more in fifteen minutes sometimes than if you study for an hour, because if you stay super focused for fifteen minutes, and you know that’s all the time you have, you might actually be able to do more than if you’re half focused or a little bit focused for an hour.

So, just try to take a little bit of time, stay super focused during that time, and it’s going to be way better than nothing, and maybe even better than longer time unfocused.

Next, try making your English study like a game.

So, see if you can challenge yourself to do better than the last time you studied.

Sort of like breaking your best score or doing better than before at a videogame or something, at some game you play, or maybe you like to play a sport.

So, how can you challenge yourself to do a little bit better each time you study English?

With things that I’m learning or challenges that I try to force myself to do, I love to time myself.

I think timing yourself with a stopwatch can make it a fun game.

For example, if I time myself for fifteen minutes, how many articles in the news can I read in the language I’m learning?

So, maybe for you, how many flesh cards you can look at with vocabulary words that you’re trying to remember?

Or just the same example that I gave just now.

Try to see how many short news articles you can read in fifteen minutes.

Or with a longer article, how much of it you can read at that time.

So, try to gamify your English learning.

And the easy way to do that is to use a stopwatch on your smartphone or online.

The next thing you can do (and there’s three more things).

One thing is make it a habit.

So, studying English will become much easier if you kind of put yourself on autopilot and make it a habit that you do the same time every day, especially if you have some habits that you do before or maybe a reward that you give yourself after.

For example (and I keep likening studying English to going to the gym, because it’s something that’s good for you, but sometimes you don’t feel like doing it), so I try to make going to the gym a habit that I do every that it’s possible.

Like if I’m on an airplane or something,