10 October 2005

An English Learner’s Manifesto

Have you studied English for many years? Are you still afraid to speak English? Please study this and repeat it to yourself daily.

 

I can be FLUENT in English. My goal is to be FLUENT. My goal is not to be perfect. My goal is just to be FLUENT. I can be FLUENT and still make mistakes.

 

F:First I must forget what I learned in school. I will make a fresh start. I will forget the rules of grammar. I will forget the quizzes and tests. I will forget all the times I made mistakes. I will forget what my teachers taught me. I will forget my native language. I will forget who I am. I am a new person. I am an English speaker. I will make a fresh start. I will have fun! I will focus on things that are fun and interesting. I will learn.

 

L:I will learn how to learn. I will listen a lot. I will let myself go. I will listen and let the English language enter my mind. I will listen often. I will listen every day. I will listen to the same content many times. I will listen to the meaning. I will listen to hear the words and phrases. I will listen early in the morning. I will listen late at night.

 

U: I will understand the language. I will understand what I hear and read. If I can understand what I hear and read I will be able to speak and write. Until I can understand what I hear and read, I will not be able to speak and write well. But there is no hurry.  I will work on understanding. I will read a lot and especially, listen a lot. I want to understand the meaning of English. I do not want to understand the rules of grammar.

 

E: Every day is a learning day. Every day the language is entering my brain. I enjoy reading and listening every day. I study with energy and enthusiasm. I study interesting things and enjoy the language. If I enjoy the language I will improve. Let the language enter my mind. There is no need to push myself. I am getting better every day.

 

N: I will never say that I am no good. When I read and listen I will tell myself “nice going”! I will learn naturally and easily. I will be nice to myself. I will not be nervous.  If I make a mistake I will say “never mind”. If I cannot understand something I will say “never mind.” If I forget a word I will say “never mind.” If I have trouble saying what I want to say , “no problem”. I will continue.

 

T: I will Trust myself. I will be confident. Confident learners improve quickly. I will treat myself with respect. I will tell myself that I am doing well. I just need to keep going, no matter what. The more I listen and read using LingQ, the more I will understand. The more words and phrases I save the more I will know.  Soon I will be ready to speak and write well. I will take it easy. I know I will succeed. I will trust myself and trust LingQ.

6 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    This stuff is great! It is very motivating for someone who is struggling to perfect his/her English. What would you say about pronunciation? What about Asians learning European languages and vice versa?

  2. Steve Kaufmann
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Equally valid for all.

  3. Posted April 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Прекрасный акроним, Стив! Так хочется, чтобы как можно больше тех, кто старается выучить другой язык, получили доступ к "источникам знаний", подобных вашему! Надеюсь, вы не будете против, если я попробую "перепубликовать" кое-что из ваших материалов на своем сайте? Заранее благодарю!

  4. Steve Kaufmann
    Posted April 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    пожалуйста,очень рад что вы это перепубликуете. Удачи.

  5. Posted August 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Hello Steve,
    I’m listening your Manifesto again and again.
    It seems you’ve written those words exactly for me.
    I’m going to listen to all paragraphs every day repeatedly until my brain will remember and use every phrase instantly and fluently.
    I admire your skills a lot.
    Thank you so much.
    Milan

  6. Rich Pav
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    The mp3 file is missing. This site runs on WordPress and you don’t have a 404 page configured, so when a file is missing, the broken link goes to the home page.

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