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.

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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 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!

How to look and sound more confident

We've been getting a lot of emails from our subscribers, telling us that their biggest problem in speaking and communicating in English is that they lack the confidence.confidence

To me, confidence is a state of mind - and having to change your state of mind is harder than it sounds. Confidence is believing in your abilities and not worrying about being embarrassed or making mistakes.

So how can we change our state of mind so that we can gain more confidence? One of the ways to do this through positive self-talk. We talked about this in our free email course, Speaking with Confidence, so I hope you've already watched those videos.

In this post, I'm going to talk about three ways to look, sound and feel more confident, especially when you're in a social situation and have to communicate with others.

  1. Stand tall, smile, and don't look down at the floor.

Every time you face a situation where you're feeling shy, scared, or nervous, your posture will automatically display these feelings. It's likely that you're slouched in your chair, biting your nails or looking down at the floor. Now, when you're confident, you would normally be standing tall, looking up towards what is in front of you, and maybe even smiling.

Research has shown that if you display the posture of confidence, it can help to convince yourself that you really are confident. This is because your mind makes associations with how you feel to the posture that you have.  So it's just a matter of reverse engineering. The next time you're feeling nervous, stand or sit tall as if you were confident. This will help to convince yourself that you are confident and brush away any nerves and doubts that you may have.

2. Ask questions and be curious about others.

Sometimes we are faced with a social situation where we have no confidence to speak because we're scared or nervous. We're worried that we have nothing interesting to say or that we'll fumble or do something embarrassing.

Now, a great tip to get over this is by focusing your energy on other people around you, and not on yourself. Instead of worrying about what to say or do, focus your attention on others. Ask people questions and be curious about them. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own heads and realise that everybody else is human just like us.

Plus, people generally love talking about themselves, so you can ask several questions to get them to open up. Soon enough, they'll be sharing something interesting about themselves that you never knew, and you may even find something in common with them. Once you're in an engaging conversation with another person, you'll forget about your worries and become more confident with yourself.

3. Maintain eye contact with others when you're speaking to them.

Now I'm not saying that you have to stare into a person's eyes the whole time, because that would just be scary. When you're talking to someone, try to keep it natural by looking at the person in the eyes when they're speaking. When you're speaking, it's completely normal to look away from time to time, but try not to look down at the floor too much. Looking down to the floor may show that you're nervous and self-conscious. Maintaining eye contact shows that you are listening and attentive to the conversation.

So there you have it. Three easy ways to look and sound more confident in any social situation. Just remember: everybody gets nervous sometimes. It's normal. With a few changes to the way we stand, sit and communicate, we can come across as confident to others. Soon enough, once we find ourselves at ease with others, confidence will come naturally to us.

Did you like these tips? If so, share this post on Facebook and leave us a comment below! What do you do to help yourself get over your nerves? We love hearing from you!

The difference between "hear" and "listen"

hear listen

Several weeks ago we received an email from Anis, asking us the difference between "hear" and "listen".  So I thought this would be a good idea for a blog post, as many can benefit from this.

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Are you an introvert? This one's for you.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you're not familiar with these terms, let me summarise them for you. Extroverts find energy from interaction with other human beings, prefer to think out loud and enjoy being in vibrant surroundings. Introverts find energy when they are alone, prefer to think before expressing their opinions and enjoy quiet surroundings. Here's a quiz for you to find out whether you're an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert (which is a combination of both).


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The difference between "lend" and "borrow"

Not too long ago, my family and I were at our favourite restaurant to have our usual weekend brunch. The place is usually packed with customers, so sometimes it would take a few minutes or so to find an empty table.

lend vs borrow

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How to read more books

When I was a kid, I used to love reading. Back in primary school, we had these clear plastic pouches where our teachers would put in a different book each day for us to read at home. I'd rush home and make my mum read a book with me every night.

read more books

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Play around with English tongue twisters

Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Tongue twisters and nursery rhymes make such wonderful vocal exercises to loosen your stiff tongue. They have long been used by actors, politicians, and speakers to help them speak more clearly because they're just that effective.

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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What do you do with your time?

What's your hobby? Some of my friends tell me they don't really have fun as they're too busy to incorporate any fun activities (other than online shopping!) in their lives.

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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3 Ways to Deal with Procrastination

When it comes to learning, whether it’s improving our English, or anything else that is important to our self-development, we tend to put them aside for later as we deal with more “urgent” matters. This is called procrastination, and almost all of us are guilty of this.


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