100 English video The 7 Habits of Successful English learners

Hello and Welcome to an all-English video. In this video, you can test your listening comprehension, but there are English subtitles if you prefer to watch this video with subtitles. Just click on the settings and activate the subtitles. So, have you ever wondered why do some people seem to have a really easy time learning English and others it seems to be a big struggle. Well, it's really really important that we learn from these successful people and we discover what did they do or what do they do regularly? What habits do they have? What characteristics do they have that allow them to achieve such a high level of English? And then, once we know these characteristics, these habits, we can learn from them and implement these habits into our own daily lives. So, in this video, I broke it down for you, and we're gonna talk about the 7 habits of highly successful English learners. So, number 1. They like English. So highly successful English learners all really like English and they liked English during the process. And, if you're one of those people that says "Oh no! But I don't like English!" Don't worry. There are a lot of things that we didn't like in the past that now we like and vice-versa. So, you can change your interests, your likes, your dislikes all the time. What I suggest to you is that you think about what you do like. For example, if you like cooking, start watching YouTube videos or TV shows about cooking, but do it in English. You'll be forcing yourself to study a little bit of English, but you'll also be associating it with something that you really enjoy. And nowadays, it's so easy to do that. Basically anything you enjoy doing. You can exercise in English. You can play video games in English. You can watch makeup videos in English. It's very easy to do it. So, go ahead and get started, and whatever you're watching in Portuguese, start doing this in English. Oh! And also, it's important to remember that it's normal to not like things when we don't quite understand them. But the more you learn, the more you will like it. So, I promise you, as you see your English improving, you will really begin to like it a lot more. Number 2. They are consistent with their studies over a long period of time. Oh you guys. Please be patient. It is a life-long process. Okay? I hear so many people getting discouraged and getting frustrated because they want immediate results. Life is not that way. We need to be patient with ourselves and we need to be in it for the long haul. Okay. That expression. To be in it for the long haul, you are, you are doing it for long-term results, to have a better future. So, don't put a dead line. Don't set a "retirement" date when you're gonna be finished studying English. Because if you don't use it, you will lose it. Okay? It's for the rest of your life. You need to understand that it takes time. It takes patience. And it takes consistency. Okay? Consistency is key. The students that have consistently studied English over a long period of time have seen amazing results. Most of us start and stop, start and stop, and we have this habit of starting something and then oops another priority came in the way and now I need to stop, which is normal. That happens to all of us. That is life actually. But if you can incorporate English as a habit as part of your daily routine. They best way you can do that is...whatever you are doing in Portuguese. Your GPS. If you're listening to your GPS in Portuguese, change it to English. Your e-mail, your social media, watching TV, listening to music, listening to podcasts... Just try slowly, slowly. I understand sometimes it's very difficult if you don't have a very high level. But, if you're watching this video and you're understanding what I'm saying, it should be no problem for you. But already change those things to English so that it's part of your daily life and it's not that big of a disruption to anything you're already doing. And remember, we are creatures of habit. So our habits really determine almost everything, everything in our lives. So, it's really important to pay close attention to your habits. Analyze your habits. Does this habit help me or does it hurt me? Or what can I change to make things better for myself? And English should really be a habit, okay? So really incorporate English as part of your daily routine and then you won't even feel like you need to set aside time. You won't even have to think about it anymore. It's already part of your routine. Number 3. Successful language learners they pay close attention. And I'm not just talking about in class, they pay attention, they're not on their phone or doing something they're not supposed to be doing. They pay attention outside of class or in general. They notice theses little differences. They notice when someone used a phrasal verb that they had learned in the previous class. And they notice these things, the comment about these things, so they write them down. But they're alert. They're alert and they're looking and they're observing everything that they hear and see, and they're trying to pull out any new information that they can. And this is something that has always impressed me. I, honestly, am not this way. I'm more of a big picture person than a detail-oriented person. But throughout my years of teaching, I have always been so impressed with some of my high high level students and we could be reading a text that might even be a little bit simple for them, but they're still looking for all those words that maybe have different pronunciation that they thought they had or that are new. Everything is a learning opportunity. And when we look at life that way, TV, radio, books, things like that. When we look at it as a learning opportunity and not something like "I already know this" we learn a lot more. Okay? So, don't make the mistake of telling yourself like "I already know this. I'm not gonna waste my time." because, trust me, there's always something new and something more that we can learn. Number 4. They review what they've learned. So there's a thing called SRS Spaced Repetition Systems. Maybe some of you guys have heard of this. It is a scientifically proven system to help you remember information for a long period of time. And, how it works. Basically, you are trying to memorize a lot of vocabulary or phrases or irregular verbs. Something like that. You are creating flash cards and you are forcing yourself to review the information or recall the information several times throughout a longer period of time. And it's programmed so that you review the information just when you're about to forget it. So, just when you are about, your brain is about to say "No, I don't need this information anymore." You are forcing your brain to remember this information and then you're saying "No, you cannot forget this information. I need this for the long term." And the more you do this, it's almost impossible for you to forget this information. Nowadays, we have apps to help you do this. There's anki, quizlet, voxy, brainscope... There are several apps. All you need to do is go on Google and search SRS apps, and you will see a whole list. You can download whichever one works best for you. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way creating your own flash cards or even just writing things down in a notebook and reviewing. I, personally, never used an app. It's kind of a newer thing. But if I had to learn another language, I would use an app. It's a pretty cool thing. Number 5. Successful language learners they know WHY they are studying English. One of the first questions I ask my students when I meet them is Why do you want to improve your English? Why is English so important to you? And if they don't know exactly why, I force them to really think about it and come up with some great reasons why English is crucial in their lives. Who else will benefit from you having a higher level of English? Your family, your boss, your colleagues? Maybe it's just a personal thing for you? There's no right or wrong answer. But we need to have a clear reason why English is so important and think about your future. How will your future be different? What opportunities will you have if you have a very, very high level of English? How would your current situation be different if you had amazing, fluent English? Who else would be affected by this? So, take some time, if you haven't already, at the end of this video to just write down why English is so important to you and to other people and why you need to stay determined and disciplined, and why you need to achieve a high level of English for your future. In English, we have a saying that goes "If there's no WHY, there's no WAY." If there's no why, there's no way. Basically, if you don't know WHY you're doing something, there's no WAY to do it. So, really figure out your WHY and then if you ever feel discouraged or if you feel like giving up, take a look at list of reasons and it'll keep you motivated. Number 6. Successful language learners they have a plan or a strategy. I was listening to a podcast last week, a guy named Lewis Howes, he's an American retired football player and now he's doing a lot of motivational, inspirational things. And in his podcast, he told the story about how he decided to go back to the gym, get back in shape. And he's a retired pro-athlete. He's like "I know how to work out. I've been doing this professionally for a really long time." And he went to the gym and he started exercising, started working out. And after a couple months, he didn't notice any major results. So he decided to hire a personal trainer and they created a plan for him to follow so that he can really see some results, performance wise, health wise, all of that. And he said it was amazing what a difference it made to have an actual plan to follow. He didn't have to think anymore. Like "Oh, what should I do now? What am I gonna do at the gym?" It's just there, doing it. And a lot of times when students try to learn on their own, it's very hard because you don't know exactly how to get from point A to point B. So, if you have a course to follow or a teacher, or a guide, or a plan, or something helping you, telling you "study this... then study this... then study this..." helping you get from point A to point B, you are a lot more likely to succeed. And the students that I have worked with that have very high levels of English, they have always had someone guiding them, pushing them, mentoring them, and really helping them along the way to keep improving their English. And number 7. Last but definitely not least. Successful language learners they have support. You have to have support. If you feel like "I wanna learn English, but I don't know anybody else who wants to learn English, and everyone is against me. They don't believe in me." You need to find some people that believe in you, that will help you, that will support you. Online there are tons of groups of English learners where you can connect with other people. You could even meet with other people in the city where you live. But it's so helpful to have a support group in which you can exchange resources, ideas, share your frustrations, share your success stories and everyone helps each other throughout the journey. And who knows! Maybe you'll meet some incredible people? Maybe you'll make some great friends? I even know some people that ended up getting married through support groups like this. So, look for other like-minded people, other people that have similar goals, and it'll really help you stay on track and be the best English learner you can be. So, I really hope that these 7 habits have been helpful for you. And if there are some new habits, you can already think about how you can incorporate these habits into your own life so that you're guaranteed to be very successful with your English language goals. Don't forget that you can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram. If you have not already subscribed to this channel, please subscribe. Leave your comment. If you know of other habits or other strategies that you have found to be very helpful in the language learning journey. Also, what do you think about this all-English videos. Is it challenging? Is it good? Do you want more? Do you want less? Let me know in the comments below. 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