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When we embark on anything in life we will find ourselves going through these three phases, each of which can be transposed to the learning of English also:
- Depending on others
Simply put these are our teachers, our parents, our friends who are forcing us to deliver English to them. This may be to pass tests, to gain jobs or entrance into universities, or simply to interact with those around us.
- People depend on you
This is a nice elevated level that follows our recognition of fluency. Once we have reached this level of competency, there will be other who will depend on you because of what you know. This can be in the case of a translator situation namely, within the family or group of friends where you are the only one who can speak English, or it could be to represent others and do business on their behalf. At the end of the day, this dependency of others on your fluency will create an excellent situation for you, as you are maximising your competency and also increasing your fluency in the process. Your level of English confidence and agility will grow exponentially.
- Help others to be successful and/or get others to get others to depend on them
Often seen as the teacher/student or mentor/mentee situation, this can be the final and most satisfying stage of your English skills. No longer will people be depending on you for the specific English skills, but they will be growing from what you know and will see you as that role model to aspire to. This is often seen in parents whose English is excellent, or business leaders or university academics whose English fluency is so natural, there is no question as to whether it’s possible to be competent international English speaker.