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Learn English: meaning of self-improvement

Date: Jan 14 2020

Themes: Health, How To

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive


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Do you ever feel like you need a change in your life? Could it be that you want to study a different subject in school? Or do you feel like you need to move to a new place? Perhaps the change you need is within yourself.

Sometimes simple self-improvement is the key to change. Improving yourself can look like many different things. You can take a class to learn a new skill, or begin a new exercise routine to be healthier. Self-improvement is about making yourself better, and then feeling better, too.

Lily tells Marni that she has been feeling stressed out and doesn’t know what to do. Learn more in today’s English lesson about self-improvement.


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Lily:  Marni, I just feel like I’m such a hot mess right now. I don’t know what to do with my life. I’m just so stressed out.

Marni:  Oh, no. What’s wrong? Do you think you need a little self-improvement somehow?

Lily:  Yeah, maybe. I’ve been looking in on a bunch of different books. Like this New Age author I’ve been reading who is trying to improve me from within. It’s like this big experiment. I don’t know if it’s working or not.

Marni:  Do you think it’s about self-acceptance? Do you just need to accept yourself as you are? I think self-care is really important. Take care of yourself. Love yourself. And honor who you are.

Lily:  That’s kind of the content of what this book is saying. Like you should accept yourself for who you are. And make yourself the priority as far as your self-growth is concerned. I don’t know…

Marni:  Lily, we’re all a work in progress. But we just have to learn and grow together, and accept who we are. And you’re going to do fine in life.

Lily:  Thank you, Marni.

Marni:  You’re welcome.


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Lily has not been feeling very good lately. Maybe working on self-improvement will help her feel better. She says that she’s been reading books by a New Age author to get ideas on how to improve herself from within. It’s been an experiment so far, and she’s not sure if it’s working.

Marni thinks it’s a good thing that Lily is making self-improvement a priority. She thinks that if Lily can learn to accept herself, then she’ll be able to feel better. If everyone understood that we are all a work in progress, then we wouldn’t be so stressed out.

Do you feel like you need self-improvement? How would you work on improving yourself from within?



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Yes, you are right Shoba. The procrastinating ruins our life. But lot of people do it because  they postponing things. I mean many daily duites like tasks at your workplace and at home. But it is much worse when somebody afraid of changes their life. For example they don’t dare to quit at their job or put end of their marrige just because they got used to it. They acquiesce in them. They don’t take the neccesary steps in ordet ot thei better life. There is a good saying : if you don’t help yourself nobody can’t help yourself.

I think that everybody can changed if they really want it like Shoba and buttafly, and I really appriciate them for it.

Anyway the big challnge in my life ( besides learning English) to be a much more punctual and accurate, Unfortunatey I am a absent-minded, disorganised person and I would like to change myself but sometime it is hard enough !  ) /p>

The last thought : a famous slang acrosses my mind : Just do it ! :)




Yes I need self improvement. I need to lose weight. But with my appetite and laziness it doesn’t seem so easy.. 

08:11 AM Feb 11 2015 |



Sri Lanka

At the start of this year I realized that I have developed the habit of putting things off until the eleventh hour.

I put off working on my assignments and spend a lot of time on my laptop. Then I stress myself out when I try to do them at the last minute. The same thing happens with my household chores and parenting duties. 

I think my family and I will be much happier and healthier if I manage to stop procrastinating. And I’m sure it is one of the ways to self-improve myself. 

07:15 AM Feb 11 2015 |




People, change if you dare! Well, having said that, I think it’s time to eat my own words… again and again! :)

I don’t dread changes. I’ve recently made one of the most life-altering decisions in my life. I ended an unhealthy marriage after nearly two decades. While I am still trying to navigate through this rough terrain, I feel the peace that is within me day by day. The flame starts to flicker. One day I hope it will turn into a mighty blaze again :)) How am I going to do that? By starting with simple steps to get to the bigger goal. So change, if you dare! It’s definitely worth it!

Marni: “Lily, we’re all a work in progress. But we just have to learn and grow together, and accept who we are. And you’re going to do fine in life.”

Those words are golden and should be in bold print on those retro tin signs you get to buy everywhere now.

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