Talking about Life in the United States + How to Be Successful in English

Apr 11, 2018 | Confident English Spotlight, English Confidence and Fluency

Whohoo!! I’m excited to share Episode 4 of my Confident English Spotlight interview series with you!

Every month in 2018, I’m interviewing a woman in my Confident English community who has developed a successful career, is doing amazing work for others, is doing something inspiring and has overcome challenges in English. In each interview, I also ask how they became more confident and fluent in English.

And I want to share their stories with you for inspiration and motivation. 

In episode 4 of Confident English Spotlight, I interview Cida

Cida is an environmental lawyer from Brazil. She has had her own law practice for her whole career. Several years ago, Cida also became an aromatherapist after living in London for 1 year.

For the last two years, Cida has lived in the United States and today we chat about these questions:

  1. Let’s start with where you’re from and what is one thing you really miss about where you’re from?
  2. A couple of years ago you moved to the U.S. – what is something that surprised you about life in the United States?
  3. You have a diverse and interesting professional background. You’re an environmental lawyer and you’ve had your own practice. Talk about why environmental law is important to you.
  4. What is it like to have your own practice?
  5. In addition to your law background, you’re also a certified aromatherapist – what is that?
  6. Now that you’re living in the U.S., English has been essential for your daily life. What has been important to you in becoming successful in English?
  7. What advice would you offer to someone else who is struggling with their English confidence?
  8. Do you have a favorite word in English?

If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated with your English, listen to this interview! Cida offers some great advice on how to get unstuck in English.

And if you’ve missed previous episodes of Confident English Spotlight, you can find them here:

Life in the U.S. and becoming successful in English.

Lesson by Annemarie

“We have to go beyond our limits all the time in life. In English is the same. It’s a mindset change.” – Cida on how to be successful in English

Notes from Today’s Confident English Spotlight with Cida

I’d like to highlight some great language Cida used in her interview so you can add it to your daily English.

to admire someone or something = to regard with wonder, pleasure or approval.

Cida mentioned that she admires the way Americans view problems as challenges and the way they focus on a solution.

to do good things for future generations 

One reason environmental law is important to Cida is it gives her an opportunity to improve the world now so future generations can benefit.

to handle stress = another way to say ‘to deal with stress’ or ‘to manage stress’

Aromatherapy was an opportunity for Cida to handle stress.

to have a high level of stress

We have several ways to talk about having a high level of stress in English. Here are a few common examples:

  • to be/feel stressed out
  • to be at the end of one’s rope
  • to be overwhelmed
  • to be/feel burnt out


to go beyond one’s limits = to go outside your comfort zone

Cida mentioned that to become more fluent in English, it’s important to go beyond your limits

serendipity = making fortunate discoveries by accident

This is Cida’s favorite word. Do you believe in serendipity?

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 to practice what you’ve learned in this interview with Cida. Here are a few questions using today’s key language:

  1. Who or what do you admire? Why?
  2. How do you handle stress or what do you do when you’re stressed out?
  3. Have you ever gone beyond your limits in English? What did you do?

The best place to share with me is in the comments below. I read and give feedback to comments, plus it’s a great way to learn from others in the community. I look forward to hearing from you.

~ Annemarie

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