Chapter VII – Part 6

$ Is this the end?

$ Or the beginning. It depends on you. How are you feeling? How did you feel?

$ I was flying away. Generally speaking it was a pleasure but I didn’t concentrate on what I was listening to. Maybe that’s just the reason of the pleasure, hahaha!

$ I sense sarcasm. I, Bill, solemnly promise to deride or ignore every method to make my process of learning languages more pleasurable.

$ You mean, if I want to achieve something I need to have a tough time working on it or at least to sweat like a pig? Otherwise, I didn’t do it properly.

$ You tell me about your puritan work ethics. Or tell it yourself. Anyway, I’m leaving this text with you. You can record it and listen to it from time to time, especially before you start learning English or when your ardor fades away. Another option is to read it for yourself and make breaks to imagine things until you realize that you are so familiar with the sequence of pictures that you don’t need this sheet of paper anymore.

Cavallier gives some visualization tips. Firstly, desire to achieve your goals.

$ It’s obvious, isn’t it?

$ Yes and no. Say frankly: has a thought of this kind come through your head: oh, no, it doesn’t make sense; oh, visualization is a waste of time, I won’t be able to master English anyway.

$ Well, something like this occurred to me.

$ Every thought like this is a wasted moment from the point of view of the desire to achieve your goal. Either I desire or I give up.

Secondly, I believe in the result of the learning process.

Thirdly, I regard the goal as achieved and I don’t worry about the means I needed to dispose of in order to achieve it. “How” comes out of the faith in “what”.

Fourthly, I formulate my target in a positive way.

Fifthly, I experience the joy of the result and I do what I would do if the aim were already achieved.

$ This is impossible. That would mean that now if a stranger talks to me in English in the street I am supposed to understand them and answer. And I can’t do that.

$ Are you sure? People who learned a foreign language change many things in their lives, not only the way they talk to foreigners in the street. What else comes to your mind?

$ When I’m able to speak English, I’ll watch the BBC.

$ Can you start doing it now? It’s not about how much you can understand, whether it’s  90% or 25%.

$ Well, I can.

$ What else?

$ I’ll go on holiday only with my family.

$ Probably first you’ll choose a destination or a travel agent. Can you start doing it now?

$ Yes, I can.

$ Do people who learned a foreign language buy newspapers, magazines and books in that language? Maybe they sing together with their favorite rock band?

$ Well…

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