September 15


EP5: Practice


Hi, I’m Kristian, and welcome to the Learners of English Podcast, episode number 5. I’m Dutch, I’m 43 years old and I live in Prague, the Czech Republic. I teach English, mostly to adults, but also to teenagers.

In this podcast I want to communicate just one simple message:

If you want to learn English, start doing the work.

You see, learning a language is no different than becoming fit.

You wanna become fit?

Start eating healthy and start exercising.  

But many people don’t want to do it, because eating chocolate and sitting on the couch is more fun.

So they start looking for magic pills, diets and special courses. Quick fixes. Short-term results that will only result in long-term disappointment.  

Dear listeners, learning a language, learning English is no different than becoming fit.

I know that many people won’t like my podcast. Because I’ve got no quick move for you.

I don’t have an app that says you can learn English while you sleep. I don’t offer a course that makes you speak fluently in three months.

My message is really simple: You wanna learn English?

Start practicing and keep doing it. Every single day. 

That’s all you need to know.

Please understand that priorities, practice and patience are the foundation of progress with your English. 

All the other things are secondary. 

Dear listeners, do you know why I’ve decided to create a podcast? 

I’m going to tell you. I’ve got two reasons. 

Number one: I want to help you improve your English. 

I can’t wait to talk with you about the wonderful books I’ve read, the amazing audiobooks I’ve listened to, and the great podcasts I use to improve my English.

These are the three things that I use to become better in English

And hopefully all this will help you to improve your English, too.

But remember, if you don’t understand that priorities, practice and patience are the foundation of your progress with your English, the rest of my content is going to be useless for you.

Now, there’s a second reason why I’ve decided to create this podcast. Can you guess what it is?

I’ll give you a hint: I want to practice what I preach… 

Here’s the answer:

The second reason is that I want to improve my English speaking skills. Right now I’m happy with my listening and reading skills, but there’s still much room for improvement when it comes to my speaking in English.

That’s why I’ve decided to start a podcast in English. 

So, there you go. Now you know the two reasons why I’ve started this podcast: 

1. To help you improve your English 

2. To improve my own English

OK, that’s it for today. I hope the message is clear. Let me know what you think in the comments or via email.

And if you want to get in touch with me, you can send me an email at 

All right. I hope to hear from you!

Take care of yourself, and each other, and I’ll catch you in the next episode!

About the author 


Kristian is a Dutch guy who teaches English online. He relaxes with audiobooks, music and podcasts. Kristian still has a lot to learn, but he's happy to share what he has learnt along the way.

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