The Four Ps for Polished Performance in English Language

The title of the video is suppose to be “How to speak accurate and proper English“ but this video clearly demonstrate that there needs to be much patience, perseverance and practise in a simple conversation such as shown in the video. So, here are four Ps that you may want to consider in being diligent to execute them in your lives as you continue to learn English.

Patience, Perseverance and Performance and then the fourth and equally important Practise.

With this Posse of Ps, it’s hard not to reach your English goal (and hard to keep away from P-words too)

So let’s expand on them and see how they can help you to achieve your dream in being an excellent English speaker.

1) Patience

As you already know that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your English. If things take time to sink in and make sense or execute, don’t worry. If you keep on at a steady pace in learning daily then, you will almost without realising it, achieve the milestone that you are aiming for. One day, you will suddenly realise that you know something, really know it in your muscles, that you have been struggling to master for a while. Remember that language learning goes in a series of plateaux and is not a straight, onwards and upwards line. You may feel that you are not making any progress for what seems like long time and then suddenly, almost overnight, you will definitely get it!  With patience, these steps will happen and you will see and feel them. This will give you even more confidence to keep going!

2) Perseverance

This attribute helps you to pick yourself up in any manner, even after you have had a setback in learning English and slowly pushing forward. It is easy to give up. It is easy to say I’ll never do this. Let’s say you took an exam and didn’t get the result you wanted, you can shrug your shoulders and say that you’re not ever going to get the grade you need or you can learn from the experience and get back on track. Sometimes when you have this experience, you need someone to support you and help you to keep going and find out where you went wrong. A mentor, however, can only show you the way and encourage you. At the end of the day, you are the one who needs to draw on your inner strength and focus on your dream again and take action to move closer to it.

3) Performance

By performance, here I mean actually using your language. Speaking and writing as much as you can to ensure that you have an audience such as your family or friends to receive this performance and sometimes even rate you on it! I speak to English learners everyday and many of them tell me how they don’t have opportunities to speak or they can’t find anybody to look at their writing. Then I speak to others who have found themselves language buddies online and they speak every day and access each other’s writing! You have to try to create opportunities for yourself and it’s so much easier today with the internet.

The fact of the matter is that languages improve with use and so if you need to improve, then you have to use them. You cannot rely on your books alone, you MUST get out there and speak and write.

The more you perform the better (especially if you have good feedback) your performances will be rather surprising for you.

4) Practise

The difference between practise and performance is that one is “real” and the other is preparation for real. If you speak then your purpose is often other than the words and sentences - it is to communicate something to someone. When you write, it is to convey and message or information or get an assessment in an exam. On the other hand, when you practise, you are trying to perfect your skills for the performance. It’s rather like training in sport or rehearsing in music. It is in the practise where you can experiment with new words and phrases or a new style or new ideas. Practise is the focused way in which you get your skills to performance level. It is here that you can try things out, experiment with new words and phrases or new approaches to writing. You can ask people if you are right or gauge someone’s reaction to your new style or new vocabulary. Try and test, test and try, and you will broaden your language for the “real” times. But both practise and performance work together to get you those high level skills that you desire. So, here you are, the 4P approach to getting your language skills to shine and achieving your goals in language whatever they may be.




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