September 10



Hello hello, dear listeners, how are you doing out there? Welcome to the Learners of English Podcast.

My name is Kristian, 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.

I have to confess something. I forgot to upload this recording at the very start of the upload process. However, I still want to share it with you, because I think it contains interesting thoughts for everyone who wants to improve their English (or any other language).

Since I uploaded this recording after I had uploaded episode 7, it appears in your favorite podcast app right after episode 7. I apologize for the confusion.

So, without further ado, let’s crack on with the original text of the very first content I created for this podcast.

When I thought about starting a new podcast for learners of English, I was tempted to use the word “secret”.

Why was I tempted to do so?

Because articles about learning English often say things like:

“The secret to learning English in 3 months”

“Discover the secret to English fluency”

“This little secret is all you should know to become confident in English”

But after writing and deleting 12 sentences with the word “secret”, I stopped.

I realized I don’t want to talk about “secrets”. Because there are no secrets to learning English.

There are plans, mindsets, habits, strategies, tactics, courses, textbooks, videos, podcasts, and so on.

But there is not one secret to success.

We are all unique individuals and we all have different challenges in our life. What works for you, might not work for someone else.

So, that’s not the direction I want to take with this podcast . . . No secrets, no short cuts, no magic pills.

Instead, I want to go into another direction.

The Four Ps

You see, there are a few things that are truly essential if you want to improve your English and achieve long-lasting results.

Don’t worry, it’s actually a simple concept – and it’s no secret.

In fact, it’s so simple that you probably completely overlooked it.

Because you had already found the right answers.

Or did you?

Let’s be honest. If you are thinking about seriously improving your English, you probably have thought about questions like:

  1. Which language course is the best?
  2. Should I get online or in-person lessons?
  3. Should I get a private teacher or group lessons?
  4. What language apps should I download?
  5. Which textbook should I use?
  6. Where do I find a language partner?

But you probably didn’t think about the fundamental questions:

  1. Did I set my priorities in life straight?
  2. Am I ready to practice English frequently and consistently to become better?
  3. Do I have the patience to make long-lasting progress?

Not asking yourself these questions about priorities, practice, patience and progress is a big mistake.

Because if you’re not asking yourself these questions, you’re never going to make permanent progress. Not with your English, and not with other things in your life.

It’s the truth. I learned this myself the hard way.

That’s why I decided to create a podcast around the Four (4) Ps.

  1. Priorities
  2. Practice
  3. Patience 
  4. Progress 

In future podcast episodes I’m going to tell and show you how I apply the four Ps when learning English (and Czech).

Curious to hear more? Subscribe and start listening to Episode 1 on your favorite podcast app.

And if you have any questions or comments, you can get in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter or email (

You can find the links to Facebook, Twitter and the website in the description of this podcast in your favorite podcast app.

Or you can go to and find all the links in the transcript of this preface.

OK, that’s it. 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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