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This word has so many levels to it, it’s difficult to know where to begin, but what I do know is that you are nowhere without it. We use trust in almost anything we do from crossing the road, to doing big business deals, where there is risk, there is trust.
So why am I mentioning this now in relation to learning English? In what ways do we use trust to enhance our English skills?
- We have to trust the government of the country we are in that they will be able to provide the student visa quickly and transparently without any extra charges
- We have to trust the language centre or college we sign up for that they will be able to provide the environment that is going to help us learn the best
- We have to trust the teacher that they can confidently guide us
- We have to trust that the textbook or materials we are using will give us what we need
- We have to trust in ourselves that we will be able to make the most of this learning opportunity.
In every one of these situations we have to take a risk and therefore a ‘leap of faith’ and as a result we will discover the consequences. But a ‘leap of faith’ is not just a simple ‘jump’, you need to also have the right mindset and belief that all things are going to be okay.
So my next question is – why must we trust?
We must trust because when you trust, the person you trust will be full of trust too. That is just the law of attraction. When you have something in your mind, you will attract that same thing.
Also of course we know that not all people are good. In fact there are a lot of scammers and thieves out there, for sure, so how do we know which are to be trusted and which are not? We have to manage the risk. Make sure you do your homework first on the language centre and country where you want to study:
- Contact someone you know who knows someone who studied at that school
- Ask other students about the teachers
- Check the Facebook page, are there pictures there that look like the information on the website is true
- Google reviews of the place you are planning to go and see what others have said
Always know that at the end of the day you will not be putting your life savings or life on the line, then you can say to yourself, ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen?’ Maybe be a bit disappointed and that’s it.
But the most important point is No. 5: We have to trust that we will be able to make the most of this learning opportunity. This is your side. This is where you have to trust yourself, and without trusting yourself, nothing will happen.
All the best.
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