ABOUT PASSIONATE LANGUAGE STORIES
Why PASSIONATE LANGUAGE STORIES?
Hi, my name is Irena and I'm passionate about languages.
I teach English and French and I also speak advanced Spanish, intermediate Portuguese, Italian and Czech.
Polish is my mother tongue as I come from Poland,
however I also lived in Canada (9 years), France (1 year) and Finland (3 months).
You can find out more about me, especially my teaching experience in Credentials.
I am here to help you change the script of your language-learning story.
Many stories of language learners sound exactly the same. I’ve been learning English/French/Spanish/Italian etc.
(you name it) for xx years, I had it in school and I am still barely able to speak it.
It doesn’t have to be like that. But why does it happen, over and over again?
And more importantly, can you actually create
a different, more encouraging, more inspiring language story with yourself as the main character?
My personal experience as a polyglot, language learner and teacher tells me: yes, you can.
But first we have to go back to the root of the problem.
(the root of the problem – the main cause, the primary cause of the problem)
There is a wide-spread belief that people learn languages in the same way:
memorizing long vocabulary lists,
cramming grammar and doing tons of exercises.
(a wide-spread belief – a popular belief)
(to memorize a vocabulary list – to learn it by heart)
(to cram grammar – to study it very hard, very intensively, to try to learn and memorize as much information as possible)
Unfortunately, this is not a very effective way to learn a language.
However, without having experience with any other methods you can’t possibly know it. So you end up:
studying English or another language without making real progress
being constantly stuck at the same level
blaming yourself for this situation.
You feel inadequate and you are convinced that your language story can only be summed up by one word:
You think you’re a hopeless case, you’re bad at languages, there is nothing you can do about it.
The truth is:
You’re not a failure, you’re simply bound (destined, you can’t avoid it)
to fail using traditional learning methods.
Everyone can learn a foreign language, not just “especially gifted” individuals.
You already have enough resources to be able to communicate in your target language.
You don’t need to wait until you reach C1 or C2 level.
You need to learn how to study, how to acquire a language.
You need to get familiar with more effective methods of learning and understanding vocabulary and especially learning the vocabulary that really matters.
You need to find out how to acquire grammar structures and use them in context. You will never study grammar just for the grammar’s sake.
You need to get familiar with the way the language works in formal and informal situations.
You need to find out how to
overcome that magical barrier that keeps you from understanding advanced and native language speakers (people who usually speak very fast, often use slang, shortcuts, short forms, diminutives, idioms,
have a wide range of vocabulary, link one word with another
so you can’t distinguish that easily what someone is actually saying).
You need to start thinking in your target language.
You need to use the skills you already have to be able to further improve them.
You need to practise listening and pronunciation (of single words, collocations, full sentences)
along with the intonation
so that people can understand what you’re trying to say and you can understand them,
be more at ease with different accents.
I can help you with all of this. I’ve done this before, as a polyglot and a language teacher.
Imagine your perfect language story, lived with PASSION on a daily basis:
Learning a language comes easily.
The language seems a clear, logical and natural structure,
a tool you can use to communicate with other people.
You see that you have already enough resources (vocabulary, grammar, skills)
to communicate in your target language regardless of your current level (unless you are a complete beginner).
You understand your strengths and weaknesses, you are familiar with your learning style,
you can choose the best method(s) for YOU to learn the language.
You can use your strengths to work on your weaknesses
and your weaknesses won’t stop you in your learning process.
You’re not afraid of speaking and writing and listening to others because
you are confident that you will understand them and respond adequately.
Even if you happen not to understand other people you will still be able to ask for clarification
and people will always view you as a competent language speaker.
These are not distant dreams, this is something you can achieve.
I’ll show you how and accompany you along the way.
We will rewrite your language story together.
Your story doesn’t have to be about failure. Instead, it can be a story of
SELF-CONFIDENCE, PASSION & SELF-DISCOVERY.