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[Part 1] Moving from intermediate to advanced English

[Part 1] Moving from intermediate to advanced English

– Hi there and welcome
to this special lesson on how to move from intermediate
to advanced English. Now, before we start,
if you wanna activate the subtitles for this
video, go ahead and click the little CC icon so you
can have the subtitles. And this is the first part
of a special mini-course that we’re going to do
over the next few days to help you, you know, get
back from summer vacation and start, let’s say, you know, the back to school period. But just get back in, you know, the right way of learning English. And we’re gonna just have
a special mini-course about achieving advanced English
through virtual immersion. And today we’re gonna do part one, which is moving from
intermediate to advanced English. Sometimes this can be
really hard if you’re, you know, you’re stuck
at the intermediate level and we’re gonna do just
an entire little series about how to get to that advanced level. So, to start off, you
know, maybe this is what your English progress feels like today. You know, it feels like
you’ve hit a brick wall. You’re maybe at an intermediate
level, around B1, B2. And when you’re at this level, it’s actually quite normal to feel stuck. You know, because when
you’re at a lower level, like you’re a beginner
or an elementary level, you actually see progress faster because you’re starting with so little. And so when you’re a
beginner it can feel great, you learn two new phrases
and you’re like, “Wow, “I can do something new.” But you know, learning
is not a straight line. Like we imagine that we always progress and we always advance at the
same rhythm as we develop. But in fact there is this thing called the Law of Diminishing Returns,
which means that the more you advance in a skill, the harder it is to advance even more. So you’ll make a lot of
progress at the start and then when you hit
that intermediate level, it becomes actually harder to make the same amount of progress. And this is also what we call
the intermediate plateau. Maybe you’ve heard me
talk about this before, it’s where you just get like to this point where you feel like you’re stagnating and you’re not really progressing
up to that expert level or just that advanced level
that you wanna get to. Now, the reason for this in English is that as you move to advanced levels, the language becomes more
abstract and nuanced, which means you don’t use it as much. So the key is to really
focus on the things that are useful and relevant to you. That’s really gonna help you to learn these more advanced things. Because when it’s relevant,
and when it’s useful, your brain works harder to retain it because your brain knows
that hey, this is important, I need this, I better remember it. Oh, and, you know, I haven’t
introduced myself yet, so lemme go ahead and just say, you know, who I am, in case you’re
new to this channel. So my name is Christina
and I’m the creator of Speak English with Christina. I am originally from
Mississippi in the USA. I have a Masters Degree
in American Civilization. I’ve got a diploma, the Cambridge Diploma of Teaching English to Adults. I’m also a certified neurolanguage coach as of very recently. And I’ve been teaching
business English since 2004 and I speak a few other
languages, C2, fluent in French and I also speak a good, you know, elementary level German, let’s say. I make lots of mistakes but that’s okay. As for Speak English with Christina, I created this is 2015. Now we’ve got three online courses, we’ve got a special conversation program. I do coaching and individual programs and I’m very excited that
I actually have the chance to work with a team of six
qualified, expert teachers, a certified business communication coach and we’re helping over 400,000 subscribers and more than 800 students
to improve their English. And if you speak French,
you may have seen me in just some places like (speaking in foreign language) where, you know, I’ve been
featured there as well. Now getting back to how to help you to move to advanced English. We’re gonna look at,
you know, how to attack the problem effectively. Because sometimes this
is one of the challenges when you’re at an intermediate level, is how to improve
effectively and efficiently. What we need to do is to
like attack your English from all sides, but in a very
coordinated, strategic way. And we’re gonna do this
through two different types of learning, we’ve got natural learning, so this is like absorbing the language through exposure, reading,
listening, things like that. And then we’ve also got
deliberate learning, where this is really you
are working on your English. You’re studying to learn
and understand new things. So natural learning,
this could be things like listening to podcasts, just conversations that you have with friends or colleagues, or conversation partners. Could be reading books and
magazines and things like that. Whereas deliberate learning, you know, this is where you’re really
making a conscious effort, maybe you’re studying the transcript from the podcast that you listened to. Maybe you’re doing a structured
conversation program, like my fluency club where
you’ve got specific vocabulary and a topic to try to practice. Or maybe you’re using an app like Quizlet where you are learning and memorizing the vocabulary that you have
discovered in your reading. So there’s two different
types of learning, and these are just some examples. Now, when you combine them, you know, you’ve got
the natural listening, the natural conversation practice, you know, randomly
discovering new vocabulary and new grammar structures and you combine that with deliberate listening, like listening specifically
to train your ear, structured conversation practice with the specific objective. Learning that new
vocabulary and revising it and those grammar structures, when you combine these forces, this is what is going to help you to really master spoken English and get up to that advanced level. Now, one of the big things
that I hear from students all the time is this,
you know, kind of excuse, I think, is when they say, “Yes but okay, “that’s very good, but, I
know, I just really have to go “to the country and immerse myself. “I mean, that’s the only way I can do it.” Now, you know, that is, that’s great but they, I say it’s an excuse because there’s a lot of difficulties of doing that. You have to take off time from work, you’ve gotta manage your family, there’s the budget, the
cost, the logistics. And it can be quite challenging. So an alternative to that, which is much easier to put into place, which you can do it,
it’s a virtual immersion. Now what is virtual immersion? It’s basically creating an environment where you’re surrounded by
English, like an immersion. You’re blending that
focused, deliberate learning, with the natural incidental learning, just like you would in
an immersion program where maybe you would have
lessons in the morning and then the afternoon
you’re out exploring, you know, New York City
or London, or wherever. So you’re combining the two. And you’re carefully
choosing the resources that are relevant and useful for your life so that it’s efficient, it’s helpful, it’s practical and you remember it better. Now, why does this work? Because, like we saw earlier,
you’re really attacking the problem from all sides, but in a very strategic, useful way. That means also that
you’re able to identify the places where you’ve hit a brick wall. The places where you’re really struggling and you just can’t, you know, get to that next advanced point and yeah, you can feel it almost. But then we’re gonna help
you to break through it. Because with the virtual
immersion program, you know, maybe you’re also working with a teacher or a mentor, who can tell you exactly
what resources are the best to help you to destroy that brick wall, start breaking it down and getting over to that other side, to that
more advanced level of English. So, it’s also super effective because you’re focusing
on the right things at the right moment. You’re not just randomly
learning, you know, lessons in a grammar book that you
don’t really need right now, you’re learning the things
that you need right now, so that you can use them
so you can learn them and consolidate them. Because when you’re interested in the things that you’re learning, you know, it’s more emotional,
you’re more engaged with it, which means that it sticks
better in your brain and that’s what learning is. And when you do all of
this, it’s really going to accelerate your progress, you know, if you’re stuck at that
intermediate plateau, this is going to help you to accelerate up to that advanced level. So, what I’m gonna do today, that’s just a little introduction and the
next lesson we’re gonna go into more, you know, practical ways of actually implementing
this kind of program. But I wanna give you one very small, very easy take action tip that
you can do after this lesson to start, let’s say,
gently building the habit, starting on your journey
to a virtual immersion. Is I want you to install the app Evernote on your phone, or you can use any other note taking app on your phone. And then, when you’re
reading something in English or you’re watching a series or a movie or anything like that,
whenever you discover an interesting, useful expression, just take a minute and
note that in your app, in Evernote or Notepad or whatever and try to get five
interesting expressions that are relevant and useful for you. For the next week, I want you
to review your expressions at least three times per day. So one of the key practices
in a virtual immersion program is consistency and regularity. And you know, each time you review them, imagine a conversation in your head with these expressions. So you’re going to actually
you know, visualize yourself in a situation where you’re
using these expressions. So something from your real
life, something very concrete. And in the next lesson, you know, we’re gonna look at why you’re struggling to get to this advanced level, and how to solve that problem. We’re gonna look at the
top performer mindset and the habits that you need to advance. So we talked about that
just a little bit earlier, being regular and being consistent. And we’re also gonna look
at five instant changes that you can make to
level up your English now, and you know, we’re gonna start
progressively on your path to building your virtual immersion. Now, in the comments below this video, I want you to share with me, you know, what resources and activities are you already using to learn English. I’m sure that you’ve got
some favorite resources or apps or other things
that you’re already using and tell us how are they helping you? How are you using this
tool to help you move to a more advance level in English? And if you wanna be sure
to get the next lessons in this mini-course, go ahead and sign up and, so that I can send you
the lesson directly. And also I can send you my
American accent survival kit, which is going to help
start training your ear to understand those messy sounds that you hear when, like,
Americans speak fast or speak at normal speed for an American. All right, so that it for today and I will see you next time for part two where we’re gonna look at what it takes to reach an advanced level in English. All right, good luck with
your take action tip. I’m looking forward to
seeing what you’re doing in the comments. And I will see you next time, bye.

53 thoughts on “[Part 1] Moving from intermediate to advanced English”

  1. IMHO. The method I am following for a full immersion is: switch the language of operative systems, programs and apps on smartphones/computers to English, try to think in English in every daily activities, watch talk show/movies/sitcoms and, last but not least, attend to Christina' s lessons. Following this method half an hour a day in 8 months I was able to switch subtitles or CC off! 😀

  2. I use an app named duolingo. I' ve learned writing, listening and reading with that app. I use that to learn Spanish just by useing my English. That way, I can practice the 2 languages at the same time and learn even more.. thanks for your tips.. your tips are vital for all of us here.. see ya

  3. Hey Christina, beautiful video!
    I'm presently watching YouTube videos in English for, on average, two hours a day. All king of videos: instructional ones, or even better, TEDx Talks and Stanford University YouTube channel. I often leave a comment after viewing a YouTube video.
    Then I am in an international Instagram group of enthusiasts learners, and I post and comment on various topics concerning the English language; we also do video-chats.
    Finally, I download the song lyrics and listen to the song while reading and learning the words, and read books in English.

  4. hi Chistina !!! I'm using all tipe of resorces, book, facebook, a lot of you tube, headphones with inglish recording sentences and words, videos, movies, 1 blackboard in my bedroom, magazines, everything you could imagine… but your language is so hard, i'm 2 years and 6 mounths studing and never give up !!!

  5. Hello Christina, I find very useful watching your videos, and some other youtube channels such as: English with Lucy, Go Natural English, English with Vanessa, Papa teach me, etcetera, so that I can get inmerse in English.

  6. Hi Christina thank very much for your video. It's amazing and outstanding, I love it. The activities that I make every day are to talk with google mini and Alexa in English, I think that is a great way to practice

  7. I have been learning English in Effortless English program of A.J.Hodge, it really helps me learn faster. To improve my pronunciation i use Pronunciation Workshop of Paul Grubber then when I knew how to move my mouth, my tongue I turned to ELSA speak app which is very famous, so now I speak English a lot better but I think i've got to intermediate level plateau so i'm trying a lot to get to advanced level now.

  8. I've been feeling stagnated as you mentioned in your video… And I've started to investigate why, and found you!! Thanks a lot!

  9. Cristina, thank you so much. Your are an absolutely professional in your sphere. Your advices useful and great. Please don’t stop to do it) I think the “learning English world” will disappear, if you stop helping people, and it’s no joke and no sarcasm. Thank you from Russian learner 🙏

  10. Dear Christina! I really want to know when you are going to have a course for English teachers. I use your videos as a resource for my students, and they love you! Please…..consider launching a course only for teachers around the world! Tks a lot!

  11. 🙋Salut Cristina….I'm reading my first book in Inglish Language…It's a great challenge…By the way the Book is called The Cross and the Switblade

  12. In fact there are many methods to improve any language but I think there is one method can absolutely make a huge improvement it works in this way (listen _repeat _record _comper) it helped me a lot although I still stucking in the intermediate level, but never give up here we are.

  13. Hi, Cristina, I see a lot of Youtubers English Teachers and I understand them very well however when I go everywhere and someone talks to me I don't understand a single word

  14. I'm using BBC learning english apps to learn English. But I found their YouTube for the first time before downloaded their apps. I also try to improve my English more by watching another youtuber like you who also sharing an English lesson too. Nice sharing Christina. New lesson today for me "hit the brick".

  15. I wish you could be my tutor. I need help to understand more writing and pass Composition class :(. Thanks for you videos.

  16. Thanks for being transparent with us, this video is fascinating and I look forward to more videos to improve our learning skills, you're such a brilliant and out spoken lady . Greetings from Algeria.

  17. This was an important and amazing video I needed to watch before since I started to feel stuck in my current english Lever. … Thanks Cristina!!!

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