What Type of English Learner Are You?

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There are many different types of learner! Have you ever wondered what kind of English learner you are? Well, you can take our quiz to find out! Read on to find out more about the different learner types, and how Lorraine’s own language learning journey inspired her to start Intrepid English!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Lorraine, and I am the Founder of Intrepid English.

What most of you might not know is that I started Intrepid English seven years ago from my parents’ spare room. In fact, I taught my first online English lesson sitting at a desk that my lovely parents had fashioned for me out of two bedside tables and an old door. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was a little bit nervous.

I had just spent several years travelling around the world, so how did I wind up at a makeshift desk in my parents’ home in the South of England starting a business at the age of 29? To answer that question, I need to go a little further back.

When I was at school, I hated learning German. I couldn’t understand why I would possibly need to know the difference between ‘nominative’ and ‘accusative’. I didn’t have any German friends or family. I had never visited Germany, in fact, other than a few rather depressing facts about Deutschland that I’d picked up in history class, I didn’t know much about it at all. 

After trying my hardest to improve my German test results, I came to the conclusion that I just wasn’t a ‘foreign languages person’. I gave up and spent my energy focusing on my favourite subject, English Literature. 

Fast forward ten years. I’d been backpacking around the world when I ended up in… you guessed it… Germany


It didn’t take me long to regret my teenage attitude to studying the German language. Why hadn’t I taken it more seriously? It would have made it much easier to integrate into my new environment. Well, it couldn’t have been helped… I just wasn’t the ‘foreign languages’ type.

Then I noticed something surprising was happening; I started to pick up phrases quite quickly. I became quite curious about the expressions I was overhearing. I was excited to meet new people and I was even told, more than once, that my German accent was actually quite good. 

What had changed?

I wanted to learn. I had a reason to learn. I had a community of friends who wanted me to succeed.

I discovered how satisfying it was to have a whole conversation in a language other than my mother tongue. I could meet people who had a different outlook, culture and mindset to mine. I made friends and I learned ridiculous words like Freundschaftsbezeugung (which means ‘demonstrations of friendship’, if you’re interested). I was having fun!

The moral of this story is that it’s hard to be enthusiastic about something that seems a bit pointless. Learning a language is hard, so if there’s no purpose to it, it’s likely that you’ll give up when you encounter a complicated grammar structure or have trouble understanding native speakers.

When you have a reason to learn, you are less likely to give up. When you have a community of people around you who know how you feel, who encourage you to keep going, and congratulate you when you make progress, you will reach your goals faster and have fun in the process.

There are many types of language learner, from those who struggle to find the time for English to regular once-a-week-every-week students. From those who love to improve their English for pleasure to those who have to pass an English exam in one month!

Whatever your experience of learning English in the past, we’re here to help. You might even start to enjoy it so much that your attitude to language-learning changes, like mine did. Once I found a reason to learn and a community to encourage me, I started to succeed.

At school, I thought I just wasn’t the ‘foreign language type‘. Not only did I discover that I am, but I also started a company which has helped thousands of other language learners do the same.

What type of English learner are you?

This blog was written by Intrepid English Teacher and Founder, Lorraine.

Find out more about Lorraine on her Intrepid English Teacher profile page

If you have any questions, or you would like to request a topic for a future blog, you can contact us by using the chat box in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, or email us at Intrepid English.


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  1. Hello Lorraine
    Thank you for this blog: great idea!
    However, something is missing in your description. Even if I am motivated and want to learn, it needs a teacher who can inspire, who makes the student curious, and who challenges and encourages. An unsuitable teacher can destroy any motivation.
    You are the best teacher I have ever had because you fulfil all necessary aspects that make a teacher a great teacher. You are able to make learning fun.
    I learn languages because I am interested in cultures, in people. Moreover, languages open doors to people.
    Thank you for giving the students the chance to learn with you and Intrepid.
    I wish you a great evening.

    1. Wow!
      Thank you so much for this lovely message. It’s a pleasure to teach you English because you are genuinely passionate about the language, our culture, food, music and much more. I have to say that your presence in our Intrepid English Community inspires and encourages all of us, and that’s why we appreciate you so much, Richard. Your serene photos provide a glimmer of pristine calm to my day, too.
      Keep up the great work and excellent attitude!