Trekking in Nepal, English at Work, and Life as a Transportation Expert

Jan 17, 2018 | Confident English Spotlight, English Confidence and Fluency

I’m SO excited to share this week’s lesson with you!

Do you sometimes wonder how other people become so successful, fluent, or confident in English? You’re curious – and hopeful – because maybe, just maybe, someone has an idea that is perfect for you. It might be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

If you’re like me, then you get motivation and inspiration from others who have made it. People who have done what you want to do.

Maybe it’s a motivating idea, an inspiring quote, or a personal story that can change what you’re doing right now. And it can help you accomplish what you want.

That’s exactly why I’m sharing this special lesson with you today. But this isn’t my usual Confident English lesson. Nope.

Instead, this week I have a special interview with someone in our Confident English Community. A woman who has been successful in her career, who is making a difference, who takes crazy adventurous trips, AND who has overcome her fears in speaking English.

I’m calling this Confident English Spotlight because it’s my opportunity to shine a light on someone amazing. And I’ll share one new Confident English Spotlight every month in 2018.

In this Confident English Spotlight with Beatriz, I ask her the following questions:

  1. Tell us about something unique in Spanish culture.
  2. What is one Spanish food you can’t live without?
  3. You’re a transportation expert – what does that mean?
  4. What do you love most about your work?
  5. What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
  6. Tell us about your English journey to improve your fluency and confidence.
  7. What would you say to someone who feels discouraged or frustrated with their dreams right now?
  8. What’s your favorite word or expression in English?

I know this video is longer than my usual Wednesday lessons. But watch it! It’s so worth it. Plus, I have a few challenge questions for you at the end of this lesson based on what Beatriz and I talk about. I’d love to hear from you.

And even more, I hope to inspire you to stay focused on what you want in English. Remember – it’s possible. Everything you want is possible. You just have to take that one step each day.

Find out how Beatriz has become more confident in English.

Lesson by Annemarie

Notes from Today’s Confident English Spotlight with Beatriz

Bridges to Prosperity

In our chat, Beatriz mentioned her upcoming volunteer trip to Panama with Bridges to Prosperity – an international organization which “envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists.  Our programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers, in partnership with organizations and professionals.”

If you’re interested in learning more about this organization, just click here: Bridges to Prosperity.

“I guess when we have a lack of motivation, it’s because we feel we are failing. We feel we will not be able to achieve our goals. So, I think it’s really important to take this idea and go to the garbage with it.” – Beatriz

I’d like to highlight some of the language Beatriz and I used in the discussion so you can add it to your daily English. Plus, I’ll definitely be asking you some challenge questions based on this language.


Can’t live without

We use this to talk about something that is important or essential in our life; something we cannot imagine losing or not having; something that is irreplaceable. 


To get into

To become interested in an activity or subject; to get involved in an activity.



Something real, not imaginary; something that can be seen, touched, or experienced.


I made it!

A common way to express the feeling of accomplishment after getting to where you want to be in life or in your career. We also use this when we arrive at a destination after a long period of time or a challenging journey.


In our chat, Beatriz said: “I’m quite adventurous. One of my best experiences is spending a month in Nepal, trekking, and climbing.”

This is great language for describing oneself. If you’d like to know how to describe yourself and your personality, be sure to check out my full lesson on this topic: How to Describe Your Personality in English.

Now that you’ve watched the video and reviewed some of the language from the interview, I’d love to hear from you.

This is a great opportunity for you to get practice and feedback, plus you can learn from others in the Confident English Community.

Here are a few questions using today’s key language:

  1. What is one food or dish you can’t live without?
  2. Is there a new activity or hobby you’ve gotten into this past year? What is it?
  3. Have you ever had an “I made it!!!!” moment! Tell me about it. What happened? What helped you accomplish your dream? What motivated you to work hard?

The best place to share with me is in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Annemarie

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