The Glish Method: step-by-step

“When learners do real things with language, language becomes real to them.” ~ Dr. Jonathon Newton

The Glish method is an effective way to push your English fluency to new levels. Glish provides you with an opportunity to have real conversations that are relevant to you.

This method works!

I got a score of 26 on my TOEFL speaking test!!! It is a huge improvement to go from a 22 to a 26 after only a few sessions with this method. And 26 is high enough for all the Master’s programs I am applying to. Using TED talks is actually more helpful than standard test prep because it improved my ability to SPEAK English.

~ Alice (China)

So how does it work?

Here’s your step-by-step guide to the method that makes Glish conversations interesting, enjoyable and an effective way to practice speaking English.

Step 1. Choose a topic & prepare

You choose a video, like a TED talk, and listen. The topic might be professional, personal or academic. The important thing is that you choose something you find interesting. We learn the most when we are curious and engaged.

TED is our favorite resource because there are as many accents as there are topics. Listening to different accents is a helpful practice. TED also provides subtitles and transcripts which are useful for your preparation. You can also choose a video from YouTube or your favorite podcast. It’s your choice.

So, say you choose a TED talk, what’s the recommended way to prepare so you get the most out of the experience?

  1. Watch and listen to the talk while using English subtitles.
  2. Print the transcript, make notes on it, look up vocabulary, and highlight the key sentence in each paragraph. This will help you tell the story.
  3. Prepare to summarize this talk.

Step 2. Book an appointment

  1. Book a 30-minute appointment with a Glish coach. Prices start at 10 USD.

Step 3. Talk

Call the coach on Skype when it’s time for your appointment. They’ll be waiting for you. The conversation goes something like this:


Introductions are exchanged. Hi, how’s it going? Where are you from? etc., then the coach will ask you, “What would you like to talk about today?” (3 mins)


Share the title of the talk and the name of the speaker. Then explain the content of the talk (give a summary) to the coach. You can use the transcript as an aid, to remind you of what you heard. (15 mins)

Take your time. Coaches are patient. We don’t mind if you speak slowly or hesitantly. We’re friendly and nonjudgmental. We can usually ease your embarrassment and help you feel more relaxed. In fact, we’re pretty good at it. 

The role of the coach

The coach listens carefully to what you say and asks you clarifying questions. Coaches show they understand you by rephrasing or summarizing some of your statements.


Now you and the coach will discuss the idea together.  What did you think of this video, this idea? Both of you will share your opinions. Coaches are trained to ask questions that keep the conversation flowing.  (10 mins)


At the end, both of you express your gratitude for the conversation and farewells are exchanged. “I enjoyed our conversation about this topic” or,” I learned something new today, thank you.” (2 mins)

A note on choosing a coach.

You can schedule sessions with as many coaches as you like until you find one you click with (have an affinity for).  Or schedule different topics with different coaches. Using multiple coaches is a bonus practice as it helps you adapt to different accents and language usage. Glish is global and there are coaches from all over the world. All Glish coaches are fluent, friendly and nonjudgemental.

Push your fluency to the next level with Glish.

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