Persevere [pəːsɪˈvɪə] to win at English learning.

Hi everyone, I am writing to you from my office near Canada’s beautiful west coast. I think I have met some of you online already. If not, I look forward to meeting you soon. I love to help my students learn English. Sometimes English can be crazy but we are here to help you.

There is a great word in English that we all need to know. It is the word PERSEVERE. It means to keep trying and to never give up or stop. The verb is to persevere. The noun is perseverance.

To learn English, we must persevere.

I want to tell you about a great Canadian hero who persevered in a very difficult situation. He will always be remembered in Canada for his great perseverance and courage. He is a national hero. Before we continue, you can google his name to see his picture. His name is Terry Fox.

Terry Fox grew up in British Columbia. This is my province, and it borders the Pacific Ocean. You must come and visit sometime. Terry Fox loved sports and played on his University basketball team. Do you like sports? In 1977, at 18 years old, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. Diagnosed means that the doctors told him he had bone cancer.

He went through treatment and had his right leg amputated. That means that the doctors had to cut his leg off. This must have been terrible. Terry’s life had completely changed, but he did not give up. He persevered. He decided to raise money for cancer research by running across Canada with his prosthetic leg. A prosthetic leg is a fake leg. You can see it if you google his name.

In April 1980, Terry began his run in Newfoundland which is on Canada’s east coast and on the Atlantic Ocean. He began to run 42 kilometers every day for the next 143 days. He persevered.

His run had to end when the cancer spread to his lungs. He had to stop his run in central Canada. He had run over 5,000 kilometers and had raised $24 million. His perseverance made many Canadians decide to give money for cancer research. Every year in Canada, there is a Terry Fox run. Millions of dollars are raised for cancer research because Terry never gave up. He persevered even when he got cancer. He is a hero.

Perseverance makes good things happen. Perseverance will make your English better. Perseverance will make you a good English speaker. My best and most successful students are those who persevere! They keep going and do not quit. Quit is a casual way of saying “stop”.

So be like Terry Fox and persevere. At Mako English we are here to help you. Together, we will achieve success.

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LESLEY LAWSON