14th October KL Workshop... Speaking English with Confidence: Igniting The Spark Within

The most important attitude achievers have is the can-do attitude. This means thinking, "Yes, it's hard and it's a struggle, but I need to get out of my comfort zone and just do it!"

Much to my delight, that was exactly the kind of attitude my students from China, Kazakhstan and Malaysia had during our powerful speaking workshops we recently completed. How could they NOT have this can-do attitude when they were having so much fun uncovering their potential and raising the bar for themselves? Seeing such keen, motivated students transform through the workshop was absolutely gratifying for me.

English teacher
Wang Xia, a manager at a private travelling company in China, sent me a special message after the class:

"Teacher Azimah, I used to be afraid to speak English. You gave me a stage. I dared to challenge myself. In your speech class, I conquered the fear. Thank you."

This is why I love live classes and meeting students. I get to know their struggles, work with their strengths and address their issues. I believe support and encouragement are very important because I know they already have what it takes to be confident English speakers. They just need to know the steps to achieve their goals. And, of course, it is my mission as an English language trainer to ensure that everybody has a great time throughout the process.

This is the experience you'll get (among other things) in our upcoming speaking workshop in October.

The workshop is called Speaking English with Confidence: Igniting the Spark Within. It's a mixture of English and personal development because we feel that it's important for you to learn not only the tools to improve your English, but also the techniques of self-motivation to help you cope in even the toughest English-speaking situations.

There's nothing quite as unique as this course. Heck, we wish we had been introduced to this kind of workshop after we graduated to prepare us for adulthood! But instead of waiting for others to design an engaging, meaningful training course on English and self-improvement, we've decided to take matters into our own hands and do it in service of others who are struggling (just like we did way back then).

This workshop is for YOU if you want to:

  • beat shyness once and for all
  • get motivated to speak and improve your English
  • present a polished, empowered, English-speaking you
  • experience an engaging and practical training workshop on improving your confidence in speaking English
  • discover what else you need to get to the next level of greatness (speaking-wise, interpersonal skills-wise)

We'll also throw in our most popular session, Voice: Talk and Sound Like You Mean It, and you'll receive worksheets to help you review what you've learnt.

To facilitate your learning process in a safe environment, you'll be assisted by our loving facilitators.

We only ask that you participate and come with the genuine intention to learn and grow.

Here are the details of the workshop:

Title:Speaking English with Confidence: Igniting the Spark Within
Date/Day: 14th October 2017/Saturday
Time: 9am - 5pm (break: 12.30 - 2 pm)
Venue: Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

*Early Bird Price: RM200 per pax or RM350 for two persons
Normal Price: RM250 per pax or RM400 for two persons

*Early Bird Price is valid until 27 September. Normal price will apply after 27 September.

If you want to join this workshop, please drop us an email at info@myenglishmatters or send us a message to our Facebook page, My English Matters!

We're excited to see you there on the 14th of October, 2017!

We're offering English Lessons and Workshop-live and online near you!

The team at My English Matters have been getting a ton of e-mail, and we're ecstatic to be able to keep in touch with you and answer all your questions. This is also why we've decided that it's time for us to open our one-on-one and group English lessons and workshops.

For online classes, you get to spend an hour a week with us to learn or improve your English. Lessons can be held via Skype, Facebook, Facetime, or e-mail. The choice is yours.

For live group training sessions, we can't wait to host workshops in KL, Petaling Jaya, Kelantan, and Terengganu.

These are our services:

1) Pronunciation classes - we're not looking to make you get rid of your accent but we want to help you sound more clear and confident!

2) Speaking practice and feedback - general conversation, IELTS, MUET.

3) Writing feedback - e-mail, academic writing, copywriting.

4) Presentation practice and feedback - academic, general presentations.

If you're interested to know more or want to book a session, simply email us at info@myenglishmatters.com and tell us which service you'd like.

Sessions are limited and will begin this October.

Let's work together to create a program catered specifically for you! We can't wait to work with you!

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In a vocal training class I attended, we'd recite several tongue twisters in order to feel the "r'" and "l" sounds roll out of our mouth. Saying your vowels, like eeeaaauuu, and ooo, aloud continuously can help make your voice come out strong and pure.

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So, let me rephrase the question. How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like?

Can you quantify it?

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Hey guys, if you're wondering how to get access to the free videos on "Speaking with Confidence", you can sign up below and we will send you the links directly to your email.

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According to linguists, children are able to pick up as many languages as they are exposed to, especially at a young age (before the onset of puberty). The mind is a sponge, they say, and so children are able to listen, absorb and store the many nuances of language in their memory. This is why it is also important that grownups refrain  from using baby talk when speaking to their children. They should instead become role models for proper speech.

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In the cold winter of 1990, at the age of eight, my family and I moved to the United Kingdom. This was the start of our eight-year journey in an English-speaking land; my father was pursuing his higher education while the rest of us five siblings (all girls) and mother (homemaker)  began to carve* our life in the multicultural city of Manchester.

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