Yesterday I told you about my French friend living in Belgium
I told you he’s not happy there, partly because he doesn’t like speaking French.
He prefers living in a country where he can speak English.
He says he feels better when he speaks English.
He’s friendlier, more outgoing, and more confident.
I’ve got some friends who say the same thing.
Then I asked you for your opinion.
Most of you said you agreed; when you speak English you’re a different person.
One reader said speaking English makes him feel “powerful.”
Before There Was Mr. Vig There Was “Max”
Now I’d like to share my experience being a different person.
In the fifth grade I took French.
And on the first day of class, the teacher gave us all French names.
My French name was “Max.”
And all year, every day, for 50 minutes, that was my name.
I thought the teacher was nuts.
Now I think I know exactly what she was doing.
The Real Reason You Have An Accent
Most people think their accent problem is in their mouth.
I think it’s in their head.
An adult can learn all the rules and all the words, but never master the accent.
A kid can learn all the rules and all the words AND master the accent.
Because a kid has a flexible identity.
If he opens his mouth and sounds like a different person, he’s ok with that.
If an adult opens his mouth and sounds like a foreigner, well, that feels strange.
So what’s the secret to feeling ok with sounding like a different person?
Become a different person.
When you speak English, change your name so you can change your accent.
And just like Superman changing clothes inside the phone booth, you’ll become a new person.
A more powerful person.
Ready To Take Action?
What do you think?
Do you like this idea?
Do you think it would work for you?
Do you want to have a new “English” name when you speak English?
If yes, go here and pick a name: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/century.html
Then copy and paste the sentence below, and share your new name with us in the comments section.
“Hello everyone, my new English name is _______.”