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What should I know before studying English more?

July 13, 2021 , by Dr Julian Northbrook

First, you have to be clear about what your goal is.

Because if you’re not clear about what your goal is, you’re just going to be all over the place and learning in an unstructured, messy kind of way, not really knowing what you’re doing.

I know this all too well because I was just as messy and unstructured when I was trying to learn Japanese. I eventually fixed that mess but only because I made my goals clear.

So before you start learning English any more, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do I want to do?
  2. What countries do I want to go to and what do I want to see there?
  3. What experiences do I want to have?

You might wonder “why does this even matter?” but the point is, if you’re not clear about what exactly you want to do with your English, then you’ll never be able to get the rest right because you won’t know what to learn.

Be clear about your direction and focus on your goal. That’s my advice.

Hope that helps.

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