The REAL Reason You Have Problems with English

I am going to show you how to destroy your English problems. I am also going to show you how to become a better person.

Sounds intense, right? Don’t worry, it’s not that intense.

But, you have probably thought at one time or another that you struggle with English simply because learning languages is just really really hard.

Well, I’m not going to lie, it’s not the easiest thing to do, but it can be much easier if you change your beliefs about language learning a bit.

You ready for that? Yes, you definitely are. So let’s go!

For a lot of learners, English can be really difficult

Some very common problems…

  • Reaching English fluency takes a long time, often several years
  • It causes embarrassing moments for you, especially if you’re shy
  • It can be boring, and we usually don’t continue doing things that are boring
  • You’ve tried many times to get to an advanced level, but you never see progress

 

Well, I have some shocking news for you.

All of those problems aren’t actually related to English. They are deeper! Psychologically and fundamentally deeper. But don’t be scared, we can fix them.

And if you do fix these deeper problems, the progress you are looking for will come.

 

Here’s an example of what I mean.

If you often lose patience and get bored with studying English, you might have a problem with staying motivated. There are so many ways to integrate English into your life without it being boring and pointless, you just need to know how to build English habits based on fun activities.

If you learn methods that are more fun and interesting, and work on building consistent habits based on these methods, it will be easy for you to stay motivated. I know that for a fact.

So why not spend some time learning ways to help in areas like…

  1. How to stay motivated
  2. How to be more productive
  3. Building confidence and going out of your comfort zone
  4. Improving your health and increasing our energy

One thing I can promise you; if you focus on these areas of your life instead of trying to struggle through another year of English learning, your English level with naturally increase, like magic.

But how do you improve in all of those areas. That would take years, right? And where should you even start?

Well, what about learning directly from the experts in these fields? They could show you their best tips and offer valuable advice based on years of experience.

And they could teach you their best tips, right now.

Do you need to be rich to pay them their high fees? Need their email address to contact them directly? Need to have a relationship with their cousin so she can call them for you?

No, you simply need to read their books.

The thought leaders who write popular nonfiction books spend months, if not years gathering their best knowledge and putting into books.

But who has time to do all that reading?

I sure as hell don’t.

I used to try to read books as fast as possible, but it always took me weeks to finish them.

Or, I downloaded them to my Kindle, but them in a folder, and never saw them again.

If my Kindle was a real library, this is how it would have looked.

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What should I read next?

 

But now, after using the method I’m about to tell you about, it would look like this…

 

Ahhh, that's nice

Ahhh, that’s nice

As you can see I cleaned it out. And I didn’t just delete them all. I read (most of) the books, and I did it in only a few weeks.

How to Read a 300 Page Book in 15 Minutes

Last month I was searching the app store when I came across something called Blinkist.

This app has a very simple premise. It takes very popular and useful non-fiction books and puts them into 15-minute, easy to read summaries.

It also has an audio option so you can listen to them. Damn, that’s genius!

Normally when you read a book it’s about 80% “fluff” that can waste a lot of your time (stories, opinions, words with no content). You spend a lot of time reading fluff just to get to the good stuff.

Blinkist just gives you the other 20%. The valuable stuff you can use and apply. The lessons learned and ideas worth sharing.

You can acquire the most important concepts in MUCH less time, allowing you to become a superman or superwoman quickly.

It’s not only faster, it can be better than reading an entire book too

These 15-minute summaries can bring big benefits over reading the entire book, and not just because you can read them faster, but because you can apply the lessons quicker.

A problem I often have with reading non-fiction is that they take several days if not weeks to finish. This makes it very hard to apply the concepts taught by the author. And without applying what you learn, nothing will improve in your life.

With Blinkist, you can read a book, learn only the most important key points, and apply them immediately.

This is so valuable!

I’ve met people that say that when they read a book they go right to the sections that mattered the most to them, read what they needed to, and that’s it. I envied these people. I myself always felt the need to start at page one and read till the end (I rarely finished it though).

With Blinkist, I now envy myself. 😉

How Blinkist Works

*First of all, a warning: Blinkist is not free.

You can try it for free, but then you have to pay for a subscription. But it’s worth it. I waited a few weeks before I decided it would be valuable for me. But now that I’ve been using it for a few weeks I love it.

When you first sign up, you have three days to try it out. I know, three days is almost nothing, but at least you can see if they have books that you’re interested and see if you like the style of their book summaries.

After that they’ll try to get you to sign up for $79/year. But don’t pay that! They will soon send you discounts. I even got an email after my 3 days that offered a 30% off deal.

I ended up paying $55/year. That’s actually less than 5 bucks a month, or the price of a coffee, beer, soda, cupcake, pack of cigarettes, a flower, or whatever else you normally spend $5 on.

Definitely wait for the discount!

They also have a cheaper option, which doesn’t include the audio. I wouldn’t recommend that. Listening to the “blinks”, as the books are called, is a great way to save time. And for you, someone who is trying to improve your English, listening to the audio is vital in improving your listening skills.

The narrators that I have heard all speak clearly, making it pretty easy to understand. You can also use your “drive time”, like sitting in traffic or working out at the gym.

 

A few screenshots…

Book Library

Book Library

 

Book summary

Book summary

 

Page from a book

Page from a book

How to completely destroy your English problems with Blinkist

Here is your step-by-step guide to using Blinkist for fast English progress.

Step 1 – Be honest with yourself and figure out the areas you’re having problems with.

  • Do you give up quickly? That’s a motivation problem. Learn about that, and habits too.
  • Maybe you are scared to speak in public? Then you need to work on self-confidence.
  • You might think you’re too busy to study? Time-management is what you need to work on

 

Step 2 – Choose a book and focus on that one book for at least a couple of days. Even though you could read four books a day, that is not the best way to really learn from these books. You need to learn the content deeply, and start applying the lessons to your life before moving on the next one.

Step 3 – Listen to the book as well for 2-3 days, at least. Pay a lot of attention to the audio, and listen as many times as possible. Do this during your Ninja Moments.

Step 4 – Read the “blinks”, the short summary of the book. Read the content for deeper understanding. Look up the new words in the dictionary and make sure you understand what is written. A good idea would be to just read 1-2 chapters per day, taking it slowly and focusing on a little bit at a time.

Step 5 – Apply the concepts from the book.

One thing I have found from reading tons of personal development books is that we need to customize the lessons learned to fit with our own lives and beliefs and values. Through experimentation we can see how to best apply these new concepts to our life, and also see what works for us and what doesn’t. I often find that what worked for someone else does not work for me.

 

Here’s an example of that:

I had read many times that a great way to start your day is to wake up very early, so you can get the most important things done first thing in the morning. I spent months trying to build this routine into my life. I’d wake up at 5am, have a great morning, then feel tired the rest of the day.

The next day I’d try to wake up that early again but my body would say, “No way Kevin! I don’t want to feel tired all day long again” So then I’d reply with, “OK body, let’s go back to sleep for a few more hours”

Then I’d feel guilty when I woke up later because I didn’t achieve my 5am morning.

I finally realized I could get just as much done staying up late at night. Now I do work during the middle of the night, and sleep until noon if I need to.

For my current situation, this works best. I wasted months trying to do what would work best for someone else, and not looking at MY current situation and what would work best for me.

Learn from the experts, then adapt their lessons to fit your life.

 

The best way to improve in English is to focus on specific material and learn it deeply. And I know that you’re busy, and I know that English will get boring if you “study” for hours at a time.

Blinkist makes it extremely easy to learn deeply and spend less time doing it.

 

Summarizing

What – Focus on the problems behind your English struggles. Don’t make English more difficult than it needs to be. Also, improve yourself while improving your English, that’s smart.

Why – If you don’t attack the underlying problems with why you’re having such a hard time becoming fluent, your English will stay at the same level forever. This will not bring you the freedom you are looking for in your life.

How – Try out Blinkist. It makes reading nonfiction books much easier. And even if you don’t want to buy Blinkist, start reading more of these types of books anyway.

Maybe you like to read the entire book, and that’s totally OK too. You can also learn a lot of  life-changing lessons online, from sites like Ted and Big Think.

So try it out. Download the app and experiment with it for three days. If you like it, buy it (wait for the discount) and try it out for another 30 days. If you didn’t end up using it, then you can cancel and get a refund. No problemo, man.

By the way, what books have made the biggest impact on your life? Let me know in the comment section.

Ready, set, go!

 

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