Bachelor of Science
Languages & Linguistics
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Translation Certificate – Portuguese to English
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Daniel Brilhante de Brito Course
Translation Certificate – English to Portuguese
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New World Teachers
(Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
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Knowledge of language comes little by little
through real life practice and real life experience.
As a child you had four to five years of experience listening, speaking and practicing your native language before you went to school to be formally “educated”. You can become fluent in English without ever going to an English speaking country but you really must pay attention to what you see, hear, listen to and read on your journey towards mastery of English. The ultimate language experience is when you go to an English speaking country and then you will really enter into the world of English whether it be in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, India, South Africa, or other English-speaking countries and regions. Each type of English is a world unto itself.
Welcome to the world of language!
To learn a language is a process in time and experience.
Depending on the student and the interest and work the student is willing to do, it will take time but in the end it will be worth it as you will obtain fluency, if you don’t give up, and, if you dedicate yourself fully to learning as much as you can and as much as you want to learn.
Language must be used constantly, even for 5 minutes a day, in some way or another, whether listening, reading, writing or speaking. Some time, each day, build your knowledge and understanding of the language, step by step, moment by moment, hour by hour, year by year by year. Remember, life is always a learning experience. Include it in your wish to obtain knowledge of English in the same way.
You will be on a journey without a destination, unless, of course, you wish to stop learning and experiencing the language. The truth is, you will never stop learning, neither your native language, nor English, nor any language you really, really want to learn. That is just the way it is.
English can become your second language if you want it badly enough. Anything is possible. Anything worthwhile is worth doing and worth learning. The student must, at least, like to learn English. If you’re learning English just because you think it will get you a better job with more money then, depending on your effort, you may achieve that but are you enjoying it? If not, think about it. Learning a language requires effort, determination, time and experience. The best learning, in my view, happens when you really love what is interesting for you. If you just like English a little and are learning it because everyone says you must, you may not get the same results. If you love what you are learning and have a REAL interest in the language, anything is possible, anything. Love what you do, no matter what it is. If you really want to learn and become that which you are learning you have to walk the path towards it. That goes for anything you do in life. If you have no love for what you do or learn, it will not be the same as for others who do. Treat your learning of English as a love affair, if you can. Get to know everything that you can about English just like you would if you are in love with someone. Learn, in English, what you love to know and understand in your very own native language. You can become bilingual if you are willing.
Find interesting material to read and interesting audios and videos/films to see and listen to for increasing your language skills. Be interested in English and find interesting subjects in English that you want to know about. Keep English in your environment as much as you can.
With the creation of the Internet, which is now and essential utility just like water, electricity and your phone, you have the world at your fingertips! There is no excuse now to be able to travel virtually to and in the English speaking world. You can travel virtually to any English-speaking place and learning environment on the worldwide web. You can find, in English, virtually anything about anything that exists in the world we live in. It will only get better as time progresses. The Internet IS, almost, the library of the world in all the languages that are participating. There are online libraries in English where you can find books on just about everything and for free! The Internet Is growing and the amount of information in it is growing exponentially. Be good to yourself and know that you CAN learn. You just have to know it for yourself. You are the master of your self, your very being. You are the boss of your self! Where are you going?
Go at your own pace. No one can teach you English if you are not willing to do the work. You MUST take part in your own education. A tutor can show you and help you become aware of your mistakes so that you can learn to correct yourself, by yourself. Be positive. Tell yourself to remember. The goal is to be able to think in the language as effortlessly as you speak your native language. It is possible, just don’t give up on it and don’t let anyone tell you or infer that you can’t do it because you can, if you really want it. You just need to do the work.
When you feel that you can no longer learn anything, give it some time. Listen to music in English, watch films in English. Relax and enjoy the experience. New interests in English will come, new things will come if you are attentive to your thoughts, wishes and dreams and follow them. Listen to them. Really listen to your inner self. Anything constructive is going to make you better. Just trust that your ideas, intuitions and dreams will guide you to where you want to go. It may not be exactly as you think but keep going!. The way is not always easy but just keep going and trust that life will take you to the experiences that you need. You have to put ideas into action. Action is always the key. thought, feeling, then action.
No one, who is telling you the truth, will say that the way is easy, because it is not. Life takes us through the experience we need but we have to participate with what comes to us. Grab the chances, the ideas that come to you. Thomas Edison failed thousands of time before discovering the way to make a good light bulb. It is a similar experience to learn a language. Remember, we speak a second language like we speak our first language in the beginning, BUT the work is learning to speak your second language the way it is spoken by native speakers. You can do it. It just require attention and changing habits of speech. Remember, listen, listen and remember how native speakers say things and the difference in the way you say it your your native (first) language
Life is about effort, struggle, work, change and transformation. The best never comes easily in anything we do or experience. Things change in our life because we change, we transform, not only our world but ourselves. Be open to new things and new ideas, always. That is key to transformation. Change always comes into our lives but you must grab the chances if you think they are important enough. You will always find something new to interest you in English, just keep searching. Never give up. If you do, just pick yourself up again.
In Japan, there is a saying: Fall seven times, get up eight times. [ 七転び八起き ]
Things change in our life because we change, we transform, not only our world but ourselves. Be open to new things, always. Change always comes into our lives. You will find something new to interest you in English, just keep searching. Never give up. Always look, always search for more. You just have to be curious and you have to be persistent. You can do it! Don’t believe me, know it for yourself!
Believe your self! Believe in your own ability and believe in your constructive dreams.
Everyone has their likes and dislikes so why not find what you like and learn it in English, as much as you can!
Become knowledgeable in what you like to know and learn. You learned your native language because it came naturally to you. You were surrounded by it. You learned it slowly and little by little, always building on yesterday and hoping for tomorrow. Live in the present moment, each present moment. Listen and understand, really understand the fullness of each word you are learning. Look in the dictionary. Use all the dictionaries necessary, bilingual, monolingual, slang, expressions and many others. Observe the way people write in English and the way people speak it. The written word, when it is spoken through the written form is usually the formal way, mostly. The spoken word when it is verbalized is not only formal but, also, informal. There are many levels of understanding depending on the words you use and hear. What is said and the context you are in will also affect your experience. Knowing a second language fully and even your own native language fully and as completely as possible is, always, to experience it and learn. It makes your life a much richer and much more vibrant. Deep and full knowledge of language will make your life a much more meaningful experience. There is no end to knowledge in anything we do in life. Knowledge is not a goal or destination, it is a journey in more and more understanding throughout our lifetime. It has always been so and it will always be so.
Surround yourself, as much as you can in English. Make it your second language, your second life. If you really want to get to the level of English to be able to speak fluently and effortlessly, you must do the work. You will need dedication, persistence and determination.
Learn to succeed because you can. Success is not worldly fame or worldly power. It is to be your happy in the way that you can be and to become satisfied with who you are and what you do. Life is about becoming real, your true self. It is becoming more evolved inwardly and, finally, it is about being at peace with yourself and the world. The rest, what we see in the world, is temporary. It is an illusion to what people think is happiness and success. Material success and gain is wonderful, yes, but you can’t take it with you when you go from this life, only your experience for good or for bad is what you become. Nothing more than this can you take.
Stay strong when you think you may be going through a bad period with English. It will pass like all periods of good and bad do. It takes time for our mind to fully absorb and acquire a language.
Take a break from English for as long as necessary when you think you have had enough. You need to rest your mind often. You will need to give it a rest when you think it is too much to learn but, if you just wait and follow your imagination, when prompted internally, you can find so much in this world that you will never have to worry about getting bored, ever. You can make your experience a pleasant and even fun way to learn naturally and without getting stressed about it. The key is not to do what bores you but what stimulates you. We cannot always avoid having to study boring material because our authorities will give us things that maybe we are not interested in, however, we have to try to make it interesting for ourselves. Remember, we have the Internet now. Much of your research and understanding will come through your travels on the Internet looking for information. There are many resources of information to help you online with English. With the Internet you can travel anywhere you want, virtually.
You have a dream to learn English.
Follow that dream, persistently and dedicatedly.
You can do it.
You just have to know that you can and not give up.
Go through the process, word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence until you are at the level you want to obtain in English. It will get easier but, remember, you will always be learning something new. Keep in my mind that we are always learning something new in our own language and in another language it is the same thing.
Nothing is impossible for you to achieve unless you decide it is.
Remember these sage words of The Oracle of Delphi. They pertain to anything you want to do and be in life.
Contemplate them, not just the words, but contemplate the real meaning.
What are you going to do?
How far are you going on your journey towards mastery of the English language?
The Untold Want
“The untold want, by life and land ne’er granted,
Now voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.”
– Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Leaves of Grass, Songs of Parting
Now, Voyager 
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.