Are you a winner?
This training course is called English for Winners, and before you delve into it, we should find out together if it is for you. Do you want to be a winner? Most English learners are unhappy with their English ability. If you ask the average English learner to assess their skills, you're very likely to get one of these answers: "I studied English at school for more than 5 years, but my English is not so good." "I speak a little English, but I think it's just 'school English'." "I understand it a little, but I can't speak it fluently." "My grammar is very bad. I've often tried to learn the grammar rules, but they're too complicated for me." "I had good school grades in English but I still can't speak it very well." These are typical complaints, and they make it clear that very few learners are really happy with the quality of their English. Most of them realize that their efforts are not yielding the results they expect. But instead of changing their strategy and trying to find the right learning methods and techniques, they simply give up. They think that they "just don't have a talent for learning languages". The winners, however, are those English learners who have taken control of their own programs. They know that acquiring English is an ongoing process. It is something that happens every day, day in and day out. They also understand that when it comes to learning English any progress is success. ©EnglishForWinners, Page 1 of 34
Dear Listener, since you have obtained this audio program, you have already shown that you belong to the rare categories of winners. Of course the title of the program is rather provocative and raises the question how you would describe somebody who is not a winner. Is the opposite of a winner a loser? I would never use such a negative term because after all, it is who who decides what you really are. We'll soon take a closer look at how winners learn English, but right now let's find out what it takes to be a winner: First, winners set their own goals and follow through on their decisions. They make a habit of setting targets and achieving them. Here are some examples. Let's say you decide that you want to improve your physical fitness so you sign up for a gym where they design a personal workout plan for you. How long are you able to keep this activity up? How often do you do the exercises at the fitness club or how often do you go jogging? Or what about that night school course you wanted to take to improve your career chances? Did you achieve it? Did you take the course and pass the exam? Or maybe you wanted to learn to cook, for instance – was that a project you actually pursued, or was it just another idle wish? If this sounds familiar, don't worry – you're not alone. Most of us find it difficult sometimes to follow through on our decisions. Commitment is as challenging to winners as it is to losers. But what makes a winner a winner is their ability to stick to their guns, to accomplish what they set out to do. If you want to learn English like a winner, you have to be able to make a commitment to yourself and follow through on that decision. Second, winners are willing to learn from their mistakes and change their habits. The fact that you have purchased this program is proof that you're willing to learn, and that's a vital ingredient for success. It's now up to you to ©EnglishForWinners, Page 2 of 34
decide if you are also a winner, because winners know that learning means positive change. Winners look forward to changing their habits whenever they need to. You've probably bought this program because you have tried traditional English courses and methods, and you're not satisfied with the results. Don't expect to find those same grammar explanations and vocabulary exercises in this book. Expect something slightly different, something that requires you to analyze and change your living and thinking habits. And third, winners have the courage to be individuals. In...
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