[CASE STUDY]

Meet "Jennifer":  If She Can Do It, Then You Definitely Can Too!

(those are her words, not mine!)

In November of 2014 I took on my first student as a “coach” and coached her one-on-one.

She's the only student I have ever done this kind of one-on-one thing with and the reason I did was that I noticed something with her...

For anonymity's sake I'm going to call her Jennifer (which is not her real name) and the reason I bring her story up is that it's really quite interesting...AND extremely relevant!...

See, Jennifer's story in a few ways is a rather common one, yet in one unfortunate way absolutely not.

She's a 51-year-old resident of a small town in eastern USA (also leaving out her exact location on purpose, but “small town” is important).

She first got introduced to Korean TV dramas back in 2012 which lead her to learning more about the culture which ultimately sucked her in to the point where she really wanted to learn the language.

Since starting to learn this language, she had tried just about every resource available including the videos at Talk to Me in Korean, Live Mocha, Youtube videos, Memrise, language partners, and list literally goes on and on and on...

She'd tried nearly all there was to try and yet still couldn't “make it click”.

She'd tried nearly everything out there and yet failed to make the progress she'd hoped for and the ability to put sentences and conversations together in any sort of fluid and confident manner.

So another common trait of Jennifer is...

Due to her poor ability to speak Spanish after 4 years of classes in high school, Jennifer held (literally for 33 years if I've done my math right) the utterly-false belief that she just “wasn't very good at languages”.

This is a trait that many people carry around with them, often stifling their own motivation and progress by constantly having those nagging questions in the back of their mind, “Can I really do this? Is it worth all the time and effort?”.

But the truth is it's completely ridiculous, completely false, and I'll (she'll) prove that to you in a second...

And the third very common trait is that she lives in a small rural community where she has access to absolutely NO Korean people to help her or to practice with, much less any classes she can attend.

So to recap...


  • She is well past (what many people consider to be) the “ideal” age to learn a language.
  • She believed herself to be bad at learning languages.
  • She lives in a remote location with no access to decent classes or teachers.

And actually, it was even worse than that...

On top of all the obstacles she already
believed herself to have...

A few years back, Jennifer suffered an unfortunate event in her life.

It happened in the middle of the night while she was sleeping and even doctors are not sure whether it was due to a stroke, sleep apnea (which is basically where you stop breathing and supplying oxygen to your brain while you sleep) or what exactly happened.

She survived, but not without harm.

A lack of oxygen to her brain left her with a form of brain damage which robbed her ability to recall memories from her past – friends, family, important events – AND:

She even lost and the ability to communicate...IN ENGLISH, much less Korean!

Since then she has regained a lot of her memories and the ability to communicate (although still not perfectly according to her, but I had never noticed anything)…

However she still has difficulty retaining new information, which is obviously a critical ability when it comes to language-acquisition.

Fortunately, for Jennifer and her desire to learn
this language, she is an absolute champion
(a ROKstar even!).

Why?

'Cause while there are lots of people who struggle with lack of classes or people to help or the time to learn a language, or the false belief that they're just not good at languages or that they're “tool old” to learn a new language...

There are very few people in this world who have an actual legitimate, doctor-certified and prescribed “reason”.

And even fewer who refuse to use that reason as an “excuse” to why they can't...

See, despite all these limits, all these “reasons” why it was “hard” for her, Jennifer refused to let this stop her and was trying her ass off.

It's actually her effort that made me take notice and decide to help (at that time I had no idea about her accident)...

Long story short, I basically explained what I noticed about all the resources she was trying to learn from, spent a bit of time laying out some daily action-steps for her and her turn around was absolutely amazing...

NOTE: these are the EXACT same steps I lay out in the "Roadmap to Speaking Success" – your daily action-plan and proven path to fluency, included 100% free with your ROKstars membership

Within days she had completely realized how and why she was struggling ('cause she was focused on the wrong tasks)...

And within weeks she had noticed a significant improvement in her ability to reproduce the stuff she was learning...after struggling for YEARS to do so...

And it was about a month when she
heard it for the first time...

Her language partner literally said out loud how he noticed a vast improvement in her...

One month and she was completely turned around and continuing to progress 'cause she now KNOWS the actions she needs to focus on, and the activities that were just keeping her "busy" but not really progress her ability to speak the language.

In fact, here are a few bits and pieces of emails she has sent me over the course of the last few months...

"I just want to say I think your focus on teaching people how to study is brilliant.


I was just learning a little bit about everything in a completely disorganized fashion and what is happening with your coaching is that I am learning new habits.


The 2 hours I put into practicing the material until I could say it confidently was the BEST 2 HOURS I have ever spent.  Before, it just sounded like work.  I was resistant.  But I trusted you and now it clicks.


If I could go back and correct my mistakes, it would be to never have searched the Internet for all the ways to learn other than KDA."

So that's Jennifer's story.  If you feel that you have not got the results for the amount of time and effort that you've put in, then consider giving me a chance to help change that.

Join the ROKstars today and let's
get you speaking Korean.