Episode Summary: On this episode, I talk about the difference between my students who have failed and those who have succeeded at reaching their English goals.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Have a positive attitude (1:00)
  3. Accept that mistakes are a part of the process (4:14)
  4. Learn from their mistakes (10:27)
  5. Recap (14:03)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Curious (adj.): eager to know or learn something.
  2. Complain (verb): express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something.
  3. Effort (noun): a vigorous or determined attempt.
  4. Embarrassed (adj.): to feel awkward, self-conscious, or ashamed.
  5. Afraid (adj.): unwilling or reluctant to do something for fear of the consequences.
  6. Impressive (adj.): evoking admiration through size, quality, or skill; grand, imposing, or awesome.
  7. Tandem partner (noun): a language exchange between two people learning the other person’s native language.
  8. Excuse (noun): a reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offence.
  9. Headspace (noun): a person’s state of mind or mindset.
  10. Growth (noun): the process of developing physically, mentally, or spiritually.
  11. Overcome (verb): succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
  12. Accomplishment (noun): something that has been achieved successfully.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. from time to time: occasionally
  2. self-fulfilling prophecy: a prediction that causes itself to be true due to the behavior of the believer.
  3. your attitude determines your altitude: the key to success really is put simply, have a positive attitude.
  4. to look up to someone: have a great deal of respect for someone.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect use of the plural) the problem is NOT the problems is

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What is a growth mindset?
  2. What is attitude?
  3. What was the brother of Jorge’s friend obsessed with?
  4. Who did Jorge’s mom speak with every morning?
  5. What happened when Jorge tried to be perfect at German?
  6. What does Jorge do when he begins working with a student?
  7. What is the difference between the students who make improvements and those who don’t after 3 month of lessons?
  8. What does Jorge say to people who say they have no time?
  9. Why is Jorge on this planet?


Question to consider:

Which of the three qualities of a successful English learner do you have? Which one is missing?


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