The Old “Practice Makes Perfect” Never Gets Old – How To Stick with It

Learning English is hard, especially if it is not your mother tongue. It is completely normal to struggle and make mistakes in the beginning. If you ask any English trainers how to be better at English, you will likely get the same answer,

“The only way is to practice”.

This applies in all areas of life. Pick public figures who are experts in their fields. They practiced, every single day, until one finally they transitioned from feeling “challenged” to being “good” to “expert”.

Yes, it is about committing to hours and hours of practice. The process is difficult and painful. But if others can do it, why shouldn’t you?

There are many examples of what practice could bring to your English-language capabilities. You may be saying,

“I know it’s all about practice. But how can I keep practicing?”

1. Apply the “what if” mindset.

Imagine what could happen if you don’t practice. Sometimes we only start to act when we are out of our comfort zone.

  • What if your boss needs you to present in English (and you only have a few days to prepare)?
  • What if you’re assigned to handle a meeting with an international client?
  • What if your colleague is acknowledged more because he managed to serve foreign customers well?

Aspire to become competent. Realize that preparation will meet opportunity, and there will always be someone better than you.


2. Start with what you enjoy most.

Do you remember doing something exciting that made your heart skip a beat?  You loved it so much that you almost forgot if it was day or night. When you are motivated, the resistance to learn gradually fades.

  • You like traveling? Talk about the best trip you spent with your friends.
  • You like automotives? Talk about how you saved money just to buy your dream car.
  • You like movies? Talk about your favorite movie.

3. Make a timetable.

If you can’t commit to learn every day, find a day that is suitable for you. It doesn’t have to be one specific day, but you need to regularly train your mind to learn English at least once a week. Besides setting the time, make plans of what you want to learn each week. It will boost your willingness to practice English, because you have something to look forward to.

4. Find a reliable coach.

If you can practice English with an experienced learning partner, you will learn faster. Often, questions may come up in your mind about a certain grammar and word choices. Great trainers are those that can help you learn difficult situations in a more enjoyable way. Make sure to choose a trainer with innovative teaching methods who can shape your skills and confidence in English.

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