Beyond Borders with Ethan #8: How to Achieve your Full Potential with Philosophy, Reflection and English Fluency | Leo Gomez

Leo Gomez, founder of Learn your English (.net), is an ESL teacher, trainer and entrepreneur. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has taught English in six different countries. Leo believes that individuals develop through reflection, experimentation and learning from their mistakes. Amazingly, he hasn’t used the course book to teach in more than seven years. Leo emigrated from Brazil to Canada, where he started his business called Learn Your English. Through courses, masterclasses and two podcasts, Leo and his business partners work to build a language community for both instructors and learners to become more autonomous and effective.

I had a great time talking to Leo – at moments I felt so engrossed in the conversation that I forgot we were recording it. We have a lot in common. We started out discussing philosophy, journaling and meditation. Then we talked about Leo’s journey to achieve native-level English. We also touched on the challenges to teaching English as a non-native in Canada, and how he overcame them. He shared all sorts of insights for English learners, like “the seven C’s of English learning”, and the role of purpose and learning a language. That’s not all, Leo, also gave tips for teachers, and how you can stop depending on a textbook. We got into learner autonomy, why this is so important, and how teachers can promote it.

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  • Flabbergasted
  • The crux of the problem
  • Strike a balance
  • Intelligible
  • Call BS
  • Menial Work
  • Complacent
  • Spur you forward
  • Journaling
  • Parenting
  • And many more in the app.

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  • Peter says:

    Excellence show, Leo is a very experienced, wise guy. It’s been very precious lesson.
    Ethan You ROCK like always

    Ps nice haircut 😋

    • Agnieszka from RealLife English says:

      Great to hear you liked the episode! I will pass your message to Ethan 😉 Have a great day, Peter!

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  • Abel says:

    Great interview and lot of tips to follow definitely . I wonder how can I get the transcription of this interview without using the app. I would like to get it in my computer.


    • Justin says:

      Hey Abel, Awesome you enjoyed it, but yeah the app is the only way you can get it right now! All the best