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How important is the method you use?

April 10, 2018 , by Dr Julian Northbrook

What’s the best method for improving your English?

People are obsessed with methods.



Tips tricks and hacks for getting fluent, fast.

Is shadowing good? Is listening then repeating a better way to improve my pronunciation? Should I be listening a lot? Chatting to native speakers? Is reading out loud a good way to improve my English? What about dictation? And should I check a transcript? Should I repeat it? How much time should I spend? Will this work? Should I be doing this? Should I be doing that? And…

Look, stop!

All of these things are details.


Yes, techniques and exercises are important, and yes, I teach them. The exercises we use in, say, Extraordinary English Speakers for lessons, are very effective. And you need to do SOMETHING to improve. But they’re just tactics. Details.

What matters far, far more than that is…

  • What are you going to do with the language?
  • Are you learning the right things to help you accomplish that?

Because ultimately…

If you’re learning the wrong thing, it doesn’t matter how good the method or exercises or techniques you are using are.

‘cos you’re learning the wrong thing!

Now, if you want to talk about some obscure or highly specialised topic, my lessons won’t teach you all the specialist language you need. But if you want to speak better in day to day business and social conversation, make small talk, understand what people say in group conventions, meeting or any other situation or just live and work comfortably in English…

Then I’m your man.

Just click here and start you EES Membership.


P.S. Stop struggling to get English learnt – join us in EES.


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