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Help! I'm not improving my English!


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Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I am going to discuss something that

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is a problem for a lot of advanced students. That problem is: "Help: I'm not improving

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my English anymore." Okay? A lot of advanced students believe that they are no longer improving.

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They've learned the present perfect, they've learned the past tense, they know a lot of

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vocabulary, and they just feel like they're no longer getting better in English; they

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feel like they are at the same level.

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So, in this video, I am going to tell you three ways to stop you from feeling this way,

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because it's not true. Okay? You probably are improving; you just don't realize it.

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So, the first thing I want to do is explain why these feelings are normal. I have here

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a graph. This means beginner, this is advanced, and intermediate would be here. For a lot

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of students, they remember when they were a beginner. They learned a lot. You learn

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past tense, you learn all sorts of new vocabulary, you learn: "Hello", "Good-bye", "How are you?"

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There's a lot you learn as a beginner, and you actually learn quite quickly. Okay? The

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first day you learn English, maybe you learn five words; the next day maybe you learn 10.

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You're learning very, very quickly.

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As you get more and more advanced, the learning actually starts to kind of trickle off; it

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starts to almost plateau. You're still learning, but you're not learning as much as you did

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when you were a beginner. You don't feel the same way as you did when you were... When

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you were a beginner. So, this is a very normal feeling.

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How do you deal with this? Okay? How do you deal with this frustration? Well, first of

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all, a lot of students, they don't realize how much they're actually learning, because

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they don't think about what they're learning. They go to school and then they come home,

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or they go to work and come home, and they just, you know, they don't think about it.

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Well, so this is why I recommend making a self-reflection journal. Okay? If every day

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you write what you have learned that day about your English vocabulary, maybe grammar, this

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will help you recognize that yes, you are learning. Okay? Yesterday, maybe, you know,

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you learned five new words. When you write these words down, then you have proof, you

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have evidence of how much you actually are learning. And you can think about, and this

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will help you with that frustration.

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So, what I would recommend doing is buy maybe a diary or a journal, and in that journal

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just write: "What did I learn today?" Did you learn some new idioms? Did you learn a

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new expression? A new word? A new grammar point? Okay? So write down everything you've

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learned, and then it's good to think about: what do you want to learn tomorrow? If you

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think about what you want to learn, you're more likely to actually learn it, and this

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will really help you get over this plateau. Okay?

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A second thing you can do, which will help you with this frustration, is in terms of

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goals. Okay? A lot of students, when they make a goal, their goal is too big; their

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goal is: "I want to learn English. This is my goal. This is what I want to do." The problem

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is this doesn't tell you how you