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LESSON #1 ATTITUDE

Welcome to the first part of your English learning journey! We hope to help you get all of the skills necessary to improve your English at an surprising pace! Every journey starts with a single small step. But the first step can be the most important. In this case, we're referring to ATTITUDE! 

A positive mental attitude can make your English dreams come true!

Your attitude is plays a big part in how quickly you'll be able to improve your language ability over all. Think about people you know who are really good at something. Think about professional in business and in sports.  How is their attitude?  How do they think when they make mistakes? Are they "challengers", or do they just want to learn slowly and easily?  Do they love what they do? Do they have a positive mental attitude?

Of all the students we have seen, the number one difference between students who progress quickly and are good English speakers, and the ones who progress slowly isn't age. It's ATTITUDE.

Get ready! Here's your first small-big step towards English mastery!

1. All mistakes lead to success    

I am fluent in Spanish and English. I also learned Latin in university. I've always found language learning fun and exciting. But Japanese has always been a challenge for me. 
    
I first came to Japan on a trip when I was 18. I had memorized some phrases but I didn't use any of them! Because I was too afraid to make a mistake. After I left, I felt so regretful because I didn't use any of the words I knew because of my fear. 

This is something that all of us have experienced before: the fear of making a mistake. It's perfectly natural! But it will also hold you back. If you don't make mistakes, how will you learn? 

Every mistake you make is a step towards mastery. You must swing a sword 1000 times before you can master it. You'll never be perfect on the first try.

Another thing to keep in mind is your reaction. How do you feel when a teacher corrects you? How do you react? Do you ignore your them? Do you stop participating? It's very important that you acknowledge and correct your mistake. If you made a mistake while speaking, repeat the sentence with the correct word or grammar. You should also write it down so that you can remember and keep from making the same mistake again. Remember your teacher is there to help you, not pick on you! Making mistakes also helps your classmates learn. You are like a teacher as well.
    
So, be happy when you make a mistake in English, making mistakes is the best way to learn!

HOMEWORK:  The next time you speak English try to count how many mistakes you make.  If you make many mistakes, it means that you are speaking English a lot and learning!  

2. Don't be a pigeon!

The next tip is easy to forget at times. Challenging yourself in class and outside! It's very easy to get caught in the easy roads. You can get stuck doing the minimum amount of work instead of your best.
    
A good example of this are pigeons. In New York, there are many pigeons on the street. They usually walk on the side walks and run when a person gets too close. I always wonder why they run. Pigeons can fly! Why don't they use their wings? It's because it takes a lot of effort. Pigeons prefer to walk because it is easier than flying. 

There are many things you can do to challenge yourself when learning English in class. For example, try to answer your teacher's questions. You might not know the answer but maybe you can guess correctly! The important thing is to try. Another thing you can do is enter a class that is a higher level than you are used to. Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways of improving your English ability. Y   

Remember that learning doesn't only happen inside of class. A lot of your studying also has to happen outside of the classroom. 

If you challenge yourself, you will soon be able to fly high! Remember, don't be a pigeon!

HOMEWORK:

3. Repeat after me. "Yes, we can."
Don't say "My English is poor"
Say "I can do it"
Don't say "This is so difficult"
Don't say "I can't speak English"




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