How to 'unstuck' your English

fluency listening reading speaking vocabulary Mar 08, 2021

You probably found my blog or website because you were searching for ways to improve your industry-related Business English. Maybe you're an engineer or technician whose English was not sufficient, or perhaps your boss is tired of checking your grammar. Option number 3 is, you just love to learn and improve!


So, are you feeling stuck, trapped, or unable to move forward with improving your industry-related Business English? You dread small talk and writing a simple business e-mail gives you the chills?


Whatever your motivation might be: you found the right place!


You are not alone. So often, I have engineers who booked an online English course with me tell me that they feel this way. And to be completely honest, I've felt this way as well (learning Dutch was quite 'interesting'). You're only human, and there are times where communicating in another language is going to seem like the hardest thing ever. But there are ways to shake off that feeling.


Here are my 3 top suggestions to unstuck your English:


1. Warm-up before entering a situation where you're required to speak English (talk to yourself in the car, listen to a podcast or BBC radio).

2. Switch your Netflix settings to English audio and English subtitles. You'll thank me later.

3. Read English books. I can't stress this enough.


Hope that helps!

Cheers, Olivia.

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 PS: Some details for the interested reader ... The so-called 'Why o Why'?

Why Listening: Why is it so important to 'engage your ears' when learning a new language? Because you need authentic language immersion. Why the radio? First of all, it's free. You don't need an expensive subscription. You don't even need an internet connection. There are tons of radio stations out there, and you simply have to find one you like. Second, it's convenient. No need to hold a book or focus on a screen. Whether it's talk or music, radio is a hands-off thing. You can listen to the radio during work or while doing chores. Even if your job requires higher attention you can benefit, because with the radio in the background, you'll pick out words and sounds, and you get used to the speed at which native speakers talk. And due to its repetitive character, you'll hear the same vocabulary over and over again until you get it.

Why Reading: Reading offers you a broad range of vocabulary and grammar; it supports and feeds the brain with correct language structures. As visual cues help to learn, reading enables your brain to remember these language structures as you will connect an image to the word it represents.