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20 Affirmations for English Learners

October 7, 2021

Do you ever have negative thoughts?

  • I will never learn this language.
  • Nobody understands me.
  • I don't belong here.

Affirmations are the opposite of negative thoughts. They are statements of truth that are positive in nature. 

  • I believe in myself. 
  • I have friends and family who love me.
  • I am a hard worker.

Daily affirmations are a form of mental exercise that can transform your mind just like physical exercise transforms your body.

What Can Affirmations Do?

  • Change your mood

  • Relieve stress

  • Improve your sense of self-worth

  • Boost your confidence

20 Affirmations for English Learners

Listen and repeat these affirmations.

  1. I learn a little bit every day.
  2. I am doing my best.
  3. I know more today than I knew yesterday. 
  4. I am ready to learn something new today.
  5. I can ask for help. 
  6. I can help others who need me.
  7. I can achieve my goals.
  8. I can do difficult things.
  9. I can learn from my mistakes.
  10. I can use more than one language to communicate.
  11. I play an important role in my community. 
  12. I accept all of my emotions.
  13. I am ready for a new challenge.
  14. I am different and unique.
  15. I treat others with kindness and respect.
  16. I am grateful for my friends and family. 
  17. I am thankful for my teacher.
  18. I take care of my body and mind.
  19. I focus on things that matter to me.
  20. I feel wonderful.

5 Ways to Use Affirmations

Here are five things to try:

  1. Write down one affirmation before bed every evening.

  2. Write down one affirmation whenever you're experiencing a negative emotion (sadness, depression, fear).

  3. Say (or sing) a daily affirmation in the shower!

  4. Recite an affirmation silently before a test, exam, or other challenge.

  5. Focus on your affirmations whenever you notice negative thoughts running through your mind.

Sentence Starters for Affirmations...

  • I am + positive adjective | I am strong.
  • I am a(n) + noun | I am a survivor.
  • I + simple present verb | I work hard.
  • I can / will + base verb I can get a job. I will succeed.
  • I am thankful for + noun | I am thankful for my family. 
  • I am proud of myself for + -ing verb | I am proud of myself for participating in class. 

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Comments (13)

Ofelia Q.(Student)

I know that with my effort, dedication, and the help of my teachers, I can achieve my goals: (1) learn English (2) have a part time job, or (3) do volunteer work. I am doing the best I can and I have people around me who are giving me support to whom I am very grateful.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi, Ofelia! Thank you so much for sharing your affirmations. You are a great role model for other learners.

Sabira F.(Member)

Thank you

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faiza adam(Guest)

it was good.

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Swaleha Shahzad(Guest)

I learn a little bit every day. I know more than I knew yesterday and I am always ready to learn something new.
I feel wonderful now since I communicate easily with every one and I am thankful for my teacher and family who always supported and appreciated me.

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Lei Kayanuma(Author)

Hi, Swaleha! That's great to hear :) Keep up the great work!

Gai Mallin(Guest)

I design my life, I love others as myself, I'm proud of myself the way I am and I deserve a happy life.

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Lei Kayanuma(Author)

Thanks for sharing, Gai!

Rabia S.(Student)

If I work hard. I can achive my goal. My goal is to graduate from high school.I will achive my goal.

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Haleh Haddad(Guest)

Thank you for all advice

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Laura S.(Student)

For the past five years I've been working in one of the top companies in the world and I can not be grateful enough for all the things I learned during this time. Now is time to start this new adventure, I'm proud of myself for taking the courage of quitting but I also feel anxious and excited for what is coming. For that reason I'm focusing in small steps and learning English is just the first one of them.

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Karen S.(Student)

I feel sad when I called my Mother and I realize that she is not good. So when I see that she is sad, I try to make her feel better, I talk more with her about her day, asking what she did in her day. It’s hard to me sometimes because I’m so far from her. So I try to be more present calling her at night and talking with her as much as I can.

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