On 2 November 2020 I decided to depart the corporate career path (energy engineer) for the rest of my life. My knee-jerk solution was to learn to sail and make sailing my occupation somehow. Regardless of what I do, I made the decision because of a fundamental idea: I am convinced that true progress in the next several decades will not be in new technologies, but in learning to use the existing technologies in a more wholesome way. As I went down the list of categories on my blog, I realized my decision affects almost every category.
Hello and welcome to English Lesson 10. I’m going to start by answering some questions from last week. I’m wearing a zipper-up hoodie. It has a zipper. The zipper can go up down up. So zipper-up, and it has a hood. So zipper-up hoodie.
Second question, how to use a shovel. This is a snow shovel. I can clear snow with a sh- snow shovel. I can clean snow with a snow shovel, and I can shovel snow with a snow shovel, and it all means the same thing. It all means to remove snow with a snow shovel.
I ran out of time this week. So I’m gonna recommend another video. It’s called Papa English and it’s 8 Spoken Contractions. The link to the video is below. And, I know everybody likes the subtitles and it might look like he does not have subtitles, but I’m going to show you a YouTube trick. Go to the bottom right corner of the video, click on CC and select subtitles, and you’ll get the subtitles on a lot of videos they’re available there, down there at the bottom.
Learning language is not about information. It is about lack of information. Your brain has to want to learn. You are training your brain. Your brain has to be hungry for the knowledge.
Watch television and movies you do not understand, and try to understand using only English. Use English subtitles, not your native language.
Find English music you like and watch the lyrics videos on YouTube.
Read books in English.
Use an English-only dictionary.
Your notebook should be English-only. No translation allowed. Find a way! Draw pictures, write words next to each other, or write entire English phrases to remember the definitions of words you are writing. It is easier to remember five words together than one by itself.
Speak with friends. Who do you know who alsowants to learn English? Watch the same movies, listen to the same songs, read the same books, and talk about them in English.
We hear that babies learn languages rapidly. We assume it is easy for a baby to learn his language. It’s not easy even for a baby! The baby has to be hungry, he cries, he’s lonely for company, he’s embarrassed sometimes and frustrated… and therefore the baby’s brain finds a way to learn the language! Challenge your brain, and it will learn for you.
Great English Sources
www.ted.com – has hundreds of interesting short speeches, all in English, with the transcripts and subtitles in many many languages including English.