The Keys to Success are Persistence and Patience!
Our clients are very, very smart! Some are even brilliant and they are accustomed to learning very quickly. We counsel them that changing accented speech habit patterns in English is like learning to play soccer or play a musical instrument. Yet they are impatient with themselves when a new, complex speech sound coordination like the American "r" or voiced and voiceless "th" or the /z/ sound at the ends of words like
is, was, these, designs is really challenging.
The keys to success are patience with the step by step procedures, with the process of listening and repeating and correcting
and persistence--not giving up! The role of the instructor is not only to teach, but to help clients understand the learning process that is so different from academic learning. And a good instructor constantly inspires and encourages clients to think positively and recognize each small gain.
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Albert Einstein
"A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying." B.F.Skinner
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not...Genius will not...Education will not." Calvin Coolidge
"I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step... In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking." Og Mandino
"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." Julie Andrews