#212: 7 Habits to Learn English Effectively

In this episode, Ethan is joined by Max and Izzy. Both exceptional English speakers. They discuss the teachings of one of the most influential self-development books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book provides a set of simple but really powerful principles that you can use to be successful in life and also as an English learner. 

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  • Key teachings and ideas from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • How you can apply those teachings to your English learning.

Words You’ll Learn:

  • What’s cracking?
  • Be the product of
  • Proactive
  • By leaps and bounds
  • Carve out the time
  • Wack (something) in

Quick Definitions:

  • What’s this book about in a nutshell?“: in the fewest possible words.
  • Take responsibility: to become responsible for something in your life, as opposed to expect it from other people.
  • Self-talk: talk or thoughts directed at oneself
  • Busywork: work that keeps a person busy but has little value in itself.
  • Bash: to criticize.
  • Reflect on how you can spend your time on things that will push the dial on your English“: cause a noticeable change.
  • Errands: a short journey either to take a message or to take or collect something.
  • No-brainer: something that requires or involves little or no mental effort.
  • Burning the midnight oil: to work late into the night.


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  • Mehmet says:

    It’s a great podcast. I learned many things. Thank you very much for your effort.

  • IBRA says:

    hi can you add transcript

    • Andrew says:

      No need for that actually. You can watch youtube version of the podcast with subtitles, so…

  • Maciel says:

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  • Andrew says:

    I read this book exactly because of your recommendation actually and I have something to add in terms of applying these habits from the book. I don’t want to belittle the value of this book, but for me, it’s kind of a paradox, so to speak, that for people who actually already know these things and apply them in their lives this book will be super obvious and they won’t find there so much new or exciting, but on the other hand, for those people who don’t apply these things yet ant want to be effective it will be not so easy to apply them. I’m saying that because I know a lot of people, for example, who aware of that principles, but guess what? Right, they continue doing what they’re doing)
    Incredible, simply incredible how it can be true, but it is truth. You tell them that they have to carefully listen first, and only then to reply (something related to the topic, of course), but no, they just say what they wanted to say initially, without trying to understand another person. This is ridiculous, but that’s just the way it is)
    At the end, I want to say one more thing: it doen’t matter if you’ll find this book mega-useful in terms of self-improvment or not, but it is certainly useful for your English learning journey, that’s for sure.

    • Justin says:

      Hey Andrew, thanks for your response and engagement! Yeah, each to their own. The right book finds us at the right time, and sometimes it’s not the right book. But for me I’ve read it 5 times and I extract something new every time. If not new knowledge and perspective, for sure I need to deepen my application of it!