The Seven Rules of Adept English: Seven Secrets to Language Learning
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Hi I’m Hilary and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This podcast is to celebrate the
launch of our new free course, the Seven Rules of Adept English: Seven Secrets of Language
Learning. If you go to our website, you can sign up free of charge for this course. It’s free! You don’t
have to make a payment.
This new course, which shares with you seven secrets to learning a language will help you with learning any language, not just English. It gives you some very powerful techniques, which will increase your chances of becoming fluent in English – and other languages. We’ve recorded a different version from the existing Seven Rules of Adept English. Why? Because we felt that it would be helpful to make the videos a little shorter and to put the ideas, the concepts into easier English, so that it can be understood by more people. However, we are going to leave the original Seven Rules of Adept English course on the website too. So it could be something to progress onto. You may do the new course first, because it’s easier and then afterwards you could do the old course, because it’s slightly more difficult.
So why have we developed the Seven Rules Course? Why is there a need for the Seven Secrets of Language Learning?
Well, to some extent, it came out of frustration with traditional methods of language learning. Probably just like you, I learned languages in school. At our school, it was French and German. At my daughters’ school, they have had the choice of French, Spanish, German or Japanese. Whatever country you come from, there is generally a choice of languages to learn in school. But I’m guessing for many people, that language on offer at school is English. And many of you will have started learning English very early, as children. Some of you may have learned perhaps a different second language, so maybe English is your third or fourth language. However, if you can understand what I’m saying to you now – you’ve already learned basic English and you have a good vocabulary. That early stage of learning language is very focused on grammar and vocabulary. You learn the verb ‘to be’, the verb ‘to have’. You learn which verbs don’t follow the normal form. You learn vocabulary to do with food, vocabulary to do with travel, with holidays, with shopping. It’s fine, there’s no other way to learn this at first. You have to do the basics, before you can go further.
And with languages there is quite a lot to learn. I’ve begun to develop courses for you, which just use the first 500 words in English. That may seem to some of you, quite a basic level of English, but actually, what I notice is that there’s a great deal, a huge amount of knowledge involved in those first 500 words. You have to know how each verb works in every tense, you have to know how to put sentences together, the word order, the pronunciation. That’s a lot you have to learn, just to get started in a language.
If you’re coming from the same family of languages, that’s easier. So that if you speak French and you’re learning English, there are so many similarities, so much is the same, it’s easier. But it’s much more difficult if you come from a language which has different origins. If your language has a different script, the way of writing words down is different, of course, that’s much more difficult. So there are a lot of things to learn, before you get to the stage of worrying about being fluent.
Quite rightly, what schools tend to focus upon is teaching children and students of language the mechanics, the basics of a language. It’s classroom-based, it’s focused probably on reading and writing as much as on speaking and understanding, because there’s such a lot to learn. And there’s something else which influences this. When children or students are examined – they are tested to see if their knowledge of the language is good enough to pass the exam, to get the certificate. In this country, it would be a GCSE or an ‘A’ level in a particular language. It could have a different name in your country. But for this, the focus is on written words, reading and understanding. Perhaps there’s a little listening and understanding, perhaps a little answering spoken questions. But usually the exam process is written (down) – so that’s what we focus on.
So great – we pass our exams, we have a qualification in a language. But, what happens when we visit that country and we try to speak that language? Well, I’m sure you’ve experienced this already – I certainly have. Passing exams and tests at school, at college in a foreign language does not mean that you are able to understand that language as it is spoken by native speakers. It doesn’t guarantee that you are able to speak the language fluently either.
So when you’ve got to this point in your language learning, you need to learn in a different way. But traditional language courses continue to try to teach you in the same way.
So there are people who’ve tried lots and lots of times to improve their English. They’ve gone on many courses – but without ever really being successful at understanding or speaking English fluently. Sometimes people can be learning a language, without much improvement, for five years, ten years, fifteen years – even longer! If this is you, you may get to feel quite down, quite unhappy, discouraged about your language learning. You may say ‘I’m never going to learn English. How long does it take?’ And you’re right – it shouldn’t take that long. But the problem isn’t usually the person themselves. The problem isn’t you! After all, it doesn’t matter how difficult your own language is to learn – everybody manages to do that. Everybody can learn their own language. No, the problem is with the method of teaching and the method of learning. Once you have the basic language, these need to change. So the Seven Secrets of language learning, which I share with you through the Seven Rules of Adept English course, explain how to move towards speaking fluently. It gives you the techniques to help you learn in new ways. And these ways of learning mean that you have a much greater chance of becoming fluent in English. It’s not just about passing your English exams. You want to able to understand and speak fluently too.
So these techniques, these ideas are explained fully in the ‘Seven Rules of Adept English: Seven Secrets to learning a language.’ I use them myself – and I know that they have helped my language learning enormously and that there are other people also using these techniques and it’s made a huge difference to them too. Once you know these techniques, these ‘Seven Secrets’, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to go back to learning through your old method.
So sign up for the New Seven Rules of Adept English course. As I say, it’s completely free of charge, it doesn’t cost you anything at all. All you need to do is sign up with your e-mail address.
We also make another promise to you – we won’t use your e-mail address for anything other than the course, and any special offers we may have for you. You can choose to stop receiving emails from Adept English at any time. I’m like you – I hate spam – so we give you a guarantee that we will not pass on your email address to anyone else. We hate the companies that do that as much as you do!
When you’ve signed up, the course material will arrive in your email in-box – as MP3 and PDF files, but there’s also video of me speaking as well. What a bonus – you get to see me talking and the inside of my daughter’s bedroom! So what would stop you from doing it – it’s worth a try, I’m sure! And if you sign up today – you can start straight away. Rule One should arrive in your email in-box today and you can get started! So good luck with the course.
Enough for now, have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.