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#7. You know more than you think you do

Updated: Aug 28

That’s the one thing I keep saying to my students. In fact, every time I say it, I add that had I had a pound every time I've said those words, I would be retired by now!

Because language learning at school is mostly theoretical and you hardly get to use the language you’ve learned, you think you don’t know much or anything at all. But the fact is, you've spent seven years, sometimes longer, accumulating a lot of language, stored at the back of your brains, waiting to be used.

What you need to practise therefore, is accessing said language, organising it, and understanding when to use it correctly. And while doing so, you sometimes need to consolidate a particular tense or grammar point.

And as soon as you practise all four skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing - equally, you will realise that you actually know a lot and that speaking a different language is possible after all. So what are you waiting for?

More about my teaching approach

Don't hesitate to send me your questions.

#1. Is it too late to learn a language?

#2. Not knowing the word is not the end of the conversation

#3. Is learning vocabulary lists a good idea?

#4. Should I use bilingual books?

#5. Practising all four skills equally

#6. On the importance of making mistakes

#7. You know more than you think you do

#8. Can everyone learn a language?

#9. With or without subtitles?

#10. Should I use a dictionary?

#11. What's the main obstacle when learning a language?

#12. There's no such thing as perfect sentences

#13. Learning French when English is your mother tongue

#14. Listening is key

#15. Language learning does not mean translating

#16. The right tools to learn a language

#17. Why grammar matters

#18. Leaving your linguistic comfort zone behind

#19. About rote learning

#20. Assessing your own level

#21. Language learning is pattern spotting

#22. Key skills you need to learn a language

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