字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Mastering English will open doors, chances and opportunities in your life. I'm sure you know this. But knowing it and making it reality are very different. At school we’re taught languages in a certain way. It’s all about passing tests and getting a good score. But this doesn’t prepare us for the real world. And it wasn’t until I was forced to master Japanese that I figured out how to help people who just like me was stuck with their English. All through my childhood I loved art. I didn’t like school much, and I got terrible grades. Especially French – our second language. It was all boring grammar explanations that I didn’t understand and copying from the blackboard. I spent most of my time reading science-fiction novels hidden in my textbook. Unsurprisingly I failed the subject. I just wasn’t talented at languages, I decided. For me, art was the opposite of French. I did well, got great grades and I went on to study at university. After university I decided to go to Japan with my wife. I managed to get an interview for a job working in a gallery in Harajuku, a fashionable part of Tokyo. I thought this is it. THIS is what I would to do. THIS is the life I was going to live. Four months later, I was on the plane. But I didn’t get the job. I had everything they wanted, except one thing. My Japanese wasn’t good enough. I met someone who was working for a famous artist. I was shocked to learn he had no qualifications, or even experience with art. But he got the job because could speak Japanese at a native level. I couldn’t do that. I felt totally lost, and didn’t know what to do. Then before I knew it everything changed dramatically. My son was born. If I’m honest, I wasn’t ready for that kind of responsibility. But it just happened. Life became serious, fast. I got a job as an assistant English teacher working in a school. The wage was low – but it was the best job I could get. I enjoyed the teaching, but I HATED all of the other work. I felt embarrassed about my bad Japanese. I felt humiliated almost every day. The other teachers were busy and always seemed annoyed at having to deal with me. I had to join meetings and I had lots of ideas, but I didn’t understand what people were saying. I was afraid of saying something stupid, so I always just sat in silence, nodding and agreeing with everything if asked a question. Home life was getting harder as well. I had to write and send a lot of emails but I was always embarrassed about making mistakes. So I had to get my wife to check everything. Writing a simple email took so much time. My wife was busy working and looking after the baby all day. And she was getting pissed off at having to spend so much of her time helping me. I was more like another kid she had to look after than a husband. I thought that if only I could improve my Japanese, my life would get better. I just wanted to forget that Japanese wasn’t my first language, and just live a normal life like I had done in England. But even after I passed the highest level of the Japanese proficiency test I couldn’t do that. On paper I was there! But I didn’t FEEL good at the language! And to make it worse, I had no idea what I should do to improve. I felt like I’d tried everything and nothing seemed to work. I often thought about school French, and how I’d failed the subject. I obviously just wasn’t talented at languages. Perhaps it was time to give up? I think one of my co-workers had noticed that I was having a hard time supporting my family, because he asked me why I didn’t consider doing a masters and teaching English at university. The money would be much better, and the job more interesting, he said. All this time I’d been focused on Japanese and not going anywhere. Getting an English teaching qualification sounded like a good idea. After several months of talking about it with my wife, I decided to apply. It was difficult to afford the fees… but it was an investment for the future. The course was really hard work. But something totally unexpected happened. I took my masters to become a better English teacher and to help my students learn English. But actually the biggest benefit was for ME. For the next three years I became totally absorbed in the topic of second language learning. I read hundreds and hundreds of books, research articles. I attended seminars, I talked to professionals and researchers. I learned how languages are learned, the things successful language learners do – and the things that they don’t do. I studied how the human brain works, I studied language learning psychology and conducted my own research. All this time the barrier that had held me back…was doubt. I’d been doing a lot of stuff, but everything was so random and messy. I’d start things, but never finish them. I’d gone from studying textbooks to just watching TV in Japanese all day. I’d gone from trying to practice my Japanese with native speakers to trying to learn just by listening. I’d bought countless courses that promised instant results. Nothing worked. I was constantly looking for a better way to improve my Japanese. I realized that the reason my Japanese wasn’t improving wasn’t because I wasn't "talented" at languages. But simply because I was putting all my time and energy into the WRONG things. I needed a clear, structured path to follow that I knew would work. Free from doubt. From that point on, a lot changed in my life for the better. I got a job in a Japanese company and eventually left to start my own business. I’m able to do simple things I couldn’t before: like take the kids to the doctors when they get sick, or call a maintenance man when something stops working. I’m able to be a much better husband, somebody who my wife can rely on. It's like the barrier that had held me back disappeared, and I was free to move forward. For a long time after coming to Japan I lost interest in art. I stopped going to art galleries and doing art myself. I sold all of my art and photography books. I completely turned my back on that part of my life. Art is something that I take great pleasure from again. I go to art galleries as often as I can, and it’s something that I do with my kids. My office walls are covered with their drawings. While I was in my first year at university, I was offered a chance to go to Switzerland for 3 months. I would study at a university there and study, all expenses paid. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. But at the last minute, I dropped out. I made all kinds of excuses as to why I couldn't go. The reality though was that I was afraid. I was scared of being in an environment where I couldn't speak the language. There were so many times I wanted to quit Japanese. But I'm so glad that I didn't. Because if I had… I wouldn't have the life that I have now. Drawing pictures and playing with my kids in the evening. Running my own business here in Japan. Going to art galleries. Cycling. Running. Doing all the things that I do. If I wanted to I could easily go back to that art gallery in Harajuku and get that job. But I CHOOSE not to. Instead I chose a different path in life. I decided to start a business, helping people just like me who are struggling with English and failing to reach their full potential in life. The goal of Doing English is simple: to help you forget that English isn’t your first language. So the question is, are you being held back by English? If you're an intermediate to advanced English learner who feels stuck and unable to progress with their English, don't worry. I can help you. Just leave your name and email address in the boxes provided, and I’ll send you a series of emails that will help you to break through the barriers you face, and reach your full potential in life. But be warned: this is not some magic, “instant fluency” method. The way that I teach takes time, and it takes work. And I DO expect you to do the work. But if that's OK, go ahead and sign up - I'll see you on the other side.