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English Learning Excuses and How to Overcome Them

When it comes to learning English, there are lots of excuses out there.  From “I’m too old” to “I don’t have enough money”, there are lots of reasons why students convince themselves that they are never going to be able to learn English.

In this video, I explore some of these excuses and help you to understand how to remove any barriers that are stopping you from learning English, and help you to start learning English successfully.

What do you think?  Is there anything that is stopping you from learning English?

Please let me know and all the best!


Here is the full transcript:

Hi, I’m Paul from Don’t forget to subscribe, and if you do like this video please take just a second to give me a thumbs up below. Thanks for watching.

In this video I’m going to be talking about four common excuses when it comes to learning English, and how to succeed. Coming right up.

Okay, so what are these four common excuses that I would like to talk about today. Number one is “I don’t have the time.” “I don’t have the time.” I’ve heard this one a million times, I would say. I think it actually has much more to do with priority. Is learning English a priority for you right now? If it is I bet you have the time. I bet you have the time that you could stop watching TV for a couple of hours, or you could find some spare time on a Sunday afternoon, or in the evening, or early in the morning. It all comes back to that priority. Is this a priority for you right now? If you do not think it’s a priority, that’s okay, but I want you to be honest with yourself because I’m convinced that if it is a priority for you, you can find the time.

Number two, “I don’t have the money.” Well, how much money do you actually think you need in order to learn English? Nowadays, especially with so many tools, and applications, and platforms available online, there is the whole range of possible solutions from free to very expensive, and I’m sure that somewhere along the line you can find a solution that is appropriate for you, and many solutions do not cost a lot of money. Check out for example.

Number three, “I am too old.” Oh, come on. Seriously? You really think you’re too old to learn English. Absolute rubbish. You’re definitely not too old to learn. I have taught many students over the years of all ages. You can absolutely do it. Again, it comes back to what is your priority, and what do you want to achieve. Don’t let age be a barrier because it isn’t a barrier.

Number four, “I’m not good at languages.” Again, seriously? That’s your excuse. Where does that come from? Does that come from a couple of French classes that you had at school that you weren’t very good at? Does it come from the idea that you think that you have a bad memory? What is it? Is it a fear of getting to a certain level? Are you a perfectionist? What is it exactly that is holding you back. I don’t know, but what I can say is that I don’t think, I don’t believe, that it’s because you are not good at languages. I think if you look back over previous failures, or failures in your mind, you will see that there were many reasons why you didn’t succeed at learning English to your desired level. Perhaps you just stopped studying after three months. Perhaps there was some other priority in our life at that time, but come to me after you have dedicated a significant amount of time to trying to learn English, and then say to me “Paul, I just can’t learn English,” and I will help you as much as I possibly can.

So, how do we overcome these excuses? Well, it’s simple really. First of all be honest with yourself. If you want to learn English it can definitely be achieved. No problem at all. It requires time, and dedication, and effort, and all of those good things for sure, but you can do it, but be honest with yourself because maybe you don’t want to learn English, and that’s okay. And also once you do have a plan, or a desire, or a wish, or a goal, if this is your goal make sure that your actions match that goal. It’s no good having a goal that is up here, and actions, or effort, or dedication, or time that is down here. You need to make your action match your goal, and that will take you to success.

Thank you very much for watching. I’m Paul Urwin, Don’t forget to subscribe, and please give me a thumbs up. All the best. Bye.

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