Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

John Fotheringham Language Mastery Show

Today we have a special guest on the show.

Our guest is the creator of The Language Mastery Show.

Today John will show you how to take learning into your own hands using exchanges and paid lessons to hit that higher level of English that you are looking for! Check out John’s tips below.


Tip #1) Get a language tutor

You must apply what you are learning on your own through a book or a podcast.

John recommends italki. Apply what you are learning in your independent study with your native English tutor.

Try out different phrases that you hear and ask your tutor for connections.

When you know you have a meeting with a tutor coming up you are more likely to put in the time every day to prepare.

Thirty minutes is a good amount of time for a lesson.


Tip #2) Try

This site will help you practice your writing.

It’s another great way to put into practice what you learn through reading and listening.

A lot of students overlook the importance of practicing writing.

You submit your essays to be corrected by a native.

You also correct essays in your native language.

Using the site is free if you are also helping people learn your native language.

You can submit a term paper, a blog post, a journal entry, even an email.


Tip #3) Try

You submit text and you have native speakers record the text in audio format.

The idea is that you get to hear what you write being spoken by a native speaker.

This is free because you also record something in your native language that someone else has submitted.


What do the most successful students do?

They are motivated and interested.

If you want to learn you can get by with average materials and a lack of time.

Having a need or a strong desire to learn is the key to success when it comes to independent English learning.


John’s Bio:

Howdy language lovers! I’m John Fotheringham, a linguist, author, entrepreneur, vagabond, and full-time silly goose. I have been learning and teaching languages for over a decade and have seen first-hand what works and what doesn’t. And what have I learned?

Anyone can learn a language regardless of age, income, or zip code with the right attitude, methods, and materials. Most adult learners fail because they spend all their time learning about the language instead of actually practicing in the language.

You DON’T need to spend thousands of dollars on classes but a little in the right tools and materials can go a long way.

You DON’T need to force yourself through boring textbooks. Fun, modern, relevant materials are readily available online.

You DON’T need to be “gifted” at languages, but you DO need to figure out what methods fit your learning style, schedule, and personality.

You DON’T need to move abroad. Creative use of technology allows you to create an immersion environment no matter where you live.

You DO need to maximize your exposure to the language everyday through listening and reading input and maximize your active practice through speaking and writing output.

For adult-friendly language learning tips, tools, and tech, check out my blog Language Mastery, my podcast, The Language Mastery Show, and my comprehensive language guides.



Have you tried these tools?

How did you like them?

Let us know in the comments below.

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