You need to be fluent in English to get a better job and make more money.
But why is it so hard to understand and be understood by native speakers?
Join the Real Fluency Family to learn how to understand
any native speaker and be understood by native speakers:
The reason it is difficult for you to understand
and be understood by native speakers is
because you’ve been learning English the wrong way.
Let me tell you a story:
One day, shortly after I first started teaching English online I was talking to a guy from Japan who was living and working in California.
His English was already pretty good. I thought, what does he need me for? How can I help him?
He told me that at work when his co-workers were talking to him about work, that he had no problem talking with them. But then he told me that when he heard his co-workers talking to each other, he couldn’t hardly understand anything they were saying.
He said sometimes he couldn’t even tell if they were serious or joking with each other.
I’ve never forgotten about him and his struggles with communicating to native speakers.
Probably they were using a lot of slang, phrasal verbs and idioms that he hadn’t learned yet. And maybe making references to cultural things that he wasn’t familiar with either, maybe from tv shows or movies.
So he could barely understand them at all.
Why does this happen?
→ Your listening skills are bad because you’ve been learning English that is too formal – and spoken too slow and clear.
→ Your speaking skills are bad because your listening skills are bad.
And I know because I’ve tested the listening skills of many English learners – and it is always the same.
They think their listening skills are good – but they are not.
Remember, your speaking skills will never
be better than your listening skills.
Don’t believe me?
Listen to the mp3 below.
If you can’t easily, completely understand it – then you need to work on your listening skills!
If you can’t understand native speakers,
you won’t be able to sound like us.
I promise that if you join the Real Fluency Family
and complete the courses you will be able to:
→ 1) understand any native speaker
→ 2) speak clearly enough to be understood by any native speaker
Enter as Strangers
Stay as Family
As a member of the Real Fluency Family you will have access to a 3 part program. Depending upon your level when you start, you should be able to complete the whole program in about a year. You will get one new lesson a week to work on. If you need more time, you can go slower.
Part 1: This is the course ‘The Red Scarf’. This course will take 20 weeks to finish. In addition to teaching phrasal verbs and idioms it will improve your speaking and listening skills. It uses native speakers but speaking slightly slower and more clearly than how native speakers usually talk to each other. It includes hundreds of audio files to download and practice your speaking skills with.
- You will be able to fully understand native speakers talking slightly slower and clearer than usual.
- You will improve your pronunciation and learn how to speak English more clearly so that native speakers can understand you.
- Most importantly it will prepare you for understanding native speakers when we are talking to each other.
Part 2: TV English. This course will take about 16 weeks to finish. In addition to learning more vocabulary, this course will dramatically improve your listening skills by using audio made for native speakers. Your speaking skills will improve through listening and by repeating and shadowing audio from native speakers.
- You will be able to understand the fast and connected speech used by native speakers when we are talking to each other.
- Your speaking skills will improve as you become more familiar with how native speakers talk, begin to internalize grammar and start speaking more fluidly.
Part 3: Real Life English. This course will also take about 16 weeks to finish. It will consist of audio from native speakers that is not scripted or rehearsed. After completing this section you should be able to understand any native speaker and be able to use more natural speech when talking.
- You will be able to understand any native speaker.
- Your speech will be very close to that of a native speaker and you will be able to express yourself clearly and be understood by native speakers.
Other benefits of being a member include:
- Monthly live lessons just for members on either YouTube or Zoom. They will be recorded so you can watch later if you miss or can’t make the live lesson. I will answer questions people ask about, etc.
- Weekly speaking practice sessions using Discord (You will get a link when you join!)
- Access to private forums (not Facebook) to practice English writing and ask questions.
* The private sessions will work like this:
- Before or as you are starting the first course.
- In about 10 weeks, halfway through the course you can have another one.
- 10 weeks later, or after finishing the first course, before starting the 2nd one
- Another 8 weeks later, or halfway through Part 2
- 8 weeks later, after finishing Part2 / starting Part 3
- 8 weeks later, halfway through part 3.
- After finishing Part 3
Learn English the fun way and stay motivated!
To make learning English fun and keep you motivated:
- You can earn badges when you complete quizzes and courses.
- You can ‘Friend’ other members
- Form groups with other members
- Move up in rank from ‘stranger’ to ‘friend’ to ‘cousin’ etc. the more you participate
- Share your progress on Facebook and Twitter
Why do I teach this way?
Why I teach this way:
- Research by linguists
- Experience from polyglots
- My own experience learning and teaching English
1) The linguist Stephen Krashen, who researches 2nd language acquisition, recommends massive input of the language you want to learn.
And it shouldn’t be too difficult or too easy, but understandable with a little bit of a challenge.
massive = a really large amount
input = listening and reading
Memorizing grammar rules only helps you learn about a language, it doesn’t help you to actually use (aquire) the language.
2) Polyglots (people who speak many languages) highly recommend listening to and reading materials made for native speakers as soon as possible. For example, watching TV shows and movies in English.
3) My experience is the same: most language learning materials have recordings that are too slow and clear. At first that might seem good. But the problem with it is that native speakers of any language don’t talk that way. And then when language learners hear a native speaker talking at normal speed, it can be very difficult to understand them.
If the recordings in English you are studying with are still too difficult for you to understand, then find text or scripts to follow along with while listening to train your ears.
Learn more about Part 1
More information about The Red Scarf
The Red Scarf is an English course consisting of a series of lessons with dialogues featuring the characters Elizabeth and Mike in a continuing story. Become a member today to follow Elizabeth and Mike as they unravel a mystery involving their grumpy neighbor!
What is included with the course:
You will get:
- 20 Lessons + 5 review lessons
- Private forum access
- Writing practice with feedback
- Speaking practice on Discord
- A printable certificate when you complete the course
- Improve your listening and speaking
- Learn over 100 phrasal verbs and idioms
- Improve your use of prepositions
Each lesson includes:
- Lesson Objectives
- A Video
- Transcript of the Lesson
- mp3’s to download
- without pauses for listening practice and shadowing
- with pauses after each line to practice speaking
- line by line
- Sample sentences with the new vocabulary
- Text for Reading practice/Cultural Context
- Homework suggestions
- A quiz for each lesson
Payments can be made with PayPal or any major credit card.
And there’s nothing to lose! If your English doesn’t improve – you can quit at any time!
This is a really great opportunity for you to learn English!
⇒ If you sign up before – dates coming soon – you immediately get access:
– to full lesson 1
– calendar to schedule 1st skype session
– private forum
– extra bonus: I’ll work with you personally to help you introduce yourself in English, clearly and confidently
– 1 week later you get access to lesson 2
(Bonus private sessions with the sale, after xxxxx, price will go up to $30/month)
After you pay for membership you are not just a Real Fluency Friend – you become Family and I will help you to the best of my ability to reach your English learning goals. Just like any family we need to love and respect each other and also help and motivate each other to be the best people we can become and achieve as much as we are capable.
Because I know how difficult it is to learn a new language as an adult. And my courses, based on research on 2nd language acquisition, are the tools you need to become fluent. We’ll start with a level that is just challenging enough to learn and then guide you through more advanced levels until you can understand and be understood by any native speaker.
Anyone who is at an intermediate to advanced level of English and is serious about becoming fluent in English.
Yes, if your English is good enough to be able to read this and you put the work into it, I believe you can reach a high level of fluency in about a year. But it will take work and you will need to study!
There are mp3’s that you can use to improve your pronunciation and fluency as well as opportunities to practice speaking with me and other Family members.
Also, improving your listening skills will help you will help your speaking too because remember – your speaking skills will never be better than your listening skills.
You should spend about 15-30 minutes/day or 2-3 hours a week.
Because you can save money but still get better value by taking an online course rather than a course in the country you live in.
Because private lessons from a native speaker are expensive because it costs a lot to live in English-speaking countries. And there is so much you can you can learn with the right methods at a much lower cost.
That’s ok! You can use all the course material from a phone!
You have 30 days to get your money back if you aren’t happy for any reason. Plus, since you only pay a little bit each month – you can quit at any time.
It’s much better to pay a little bit every month than to have to pay a lot all at once. (And here’s a secret – if you stay for a whole year, I’ll have a surprise for you!)
You can pay with any major credit card or PayPal. If you can’t pay with those methods maybe you have a friend that can, and you can pay them back.
The Red Scarf Course Outline
Module 1 : New Neighbors – Introductions and Background
Lesson 1: ← You can try Lesson 1 for free! Neighbors Part 1; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 1 expression; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth meet and talk about school and weather
Lesson 2: Neighbors Part 2; Objectives: 4 phrasal verbs; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth talk about the neighborhood and directions
Lesson 3: Dinner Invitation; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 3 expressions; Plot: Elizabeth and Kathy invite Mike to dinner
Lesson 4: Grocery Shopping; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 4 expressions; Plot: Elizabeth and Kathy buy groceries
Lesson 5: Dinner Guest; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 8 expressions; Plot: Elizabeth and Mike have dinner and talk about recipes and cooking
Review Lesson 1
Module 2 : Mysterious Neighbor
Lesson 6: Grumpy Neighbor; Objectives: 5 phrasal verbs, 1 expression; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth talk about grumpy neighbor
Lesson 7: Digging; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 4 expressions; Plot: Mr. Grumpus digs
Lesson 8: More Grumpy; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 4 expressions; Plot: Mr. Grumpus complains about dog
Lesson 9: Anna; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Anna reveals more secrets
Lesson 10: Good Neighbors; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Talking about lawn care
Review Lesson 2
Module 3 : The Mystery Thickens
Lesson 11: Good Neighbors Part2 ; Objectives: 6 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Lawns and trash
Lesson 12: The Attic; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 5 expressions; Plot: What’s in the attic?
Lesson 13: Names; Objectives: 1 phrasal verb, 2 expressions; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth talk about names
Lesson 14: Bad Storms; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth get caught in a bad storm
Lesson 15: After the Storm; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 1 expression; Plot: Storm damage and clean up
Review Lesson 3
Module 4 : Mystery Solved?
Lesson 16: More Digging ; Objectives: 3 phrasal verbs, 5 expressions; Plot: Mike sees Mr. Grumpus digging in his backyard
Lesson 17: Gossip; Objectives: 1 phrasal verb, 2 expressions; Plot: Anna tells Mike more secrets
Lesson 18: Clues; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 3 expressions; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth put together clues and plan to call police
Lesson 19: Money Found; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Dog gets loose
Lesson 20: Police; Objectives: 2 phrasal verbs, 2 expressions; Plot: Mike and Elizabeth talk to the police
Review Lesson 4
Full Review Lesson