In other words, such a person will never find treasure - even if it is buried in his own backyard!
I do agree that keeping your eyes in the future is important to get a proper perspective, but only if you act accordingly in the present. On the contrary, the most promising dream will sooner or later become a mirage.
That's why this book is based on a practical experience that is still working. Just as you, I continue learning, discovering and developing new skills on every single day.
My main goal is to help you identify your own resources and your personal capacity, inspiring you to do your best to achieve your language goals.
Please do not consider me as a handbook or a manual. Though there is a physical and temporal distance between us, I write as if we were face to face. With the Internet and so many means of communication, there’s no reason for us to be apart.
Please feel free to contact me.
It is not my willingness to learn a new language that keeps me up at night...
I believe it all began on October 31st, 1991.
We were giving a welcome party to 28 foreigners who had just arrived and 4 Brazilians in Pernambuco – Brazil, and as I was the only one who didn’t speak any English...
I felt like a blind in the middle of a crossfire!
With everyone talking all at the same time, all I could do was pay attention to the facial expressions of the ones nearby.
Whenever I heard a joke being told, I would laugh out loud – not even knowing what it was all about! :-) (Can you imagine what it feels like being a foreigner in your own country?)
At that moment, I could do one of two things: start complaining, or learn English and move on. Guess what I chose...
Surprisingly, such an unusual beginning gave me the courage to dive into an outstanding learning adventure. I enjoyed it so much that teaching languages have become my lifetime career.
Exactly ten years later at a special event, I launched my first book on language learning. That night, with music playing and dozens of smiles shining through, I couldn’t hold back the tears. What a sweet memory...
As soon as I could, I made the transition from student to teacher.
In the classroom, I’ve always tried to show how much I respect the students, and they usually correspond by relying on me as we learn the language together. As soon as they find a firm footing, they ask me questions like:
Well, I hope you get the answers to these questions and many others in the following pages. Please keep an eye on the tips and tricks along the way and practice the concepts, as you understand them.
Believe me, it is not rocket science.
Taking one step at a time you will have much more fun than I did at that welcome party. I'm sure it is easier to laugh when you get the joke...
“Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.” - Thomas S. Monson