John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Speech, 20 January 1961
“Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” (at time 14:00)
Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 28 August 1963
“I Have a Dream”
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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.
Papa English: 8 Spoken Contractions
- Gotta = hafta
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Just the Music! Tomás Improta and Lucas Freitas
- New Year’s Eve
- Cold weather
- Winter season
- I can see my breath.
- “Zipper-up hoodie”
- “Practically frozen”
- Winter hat
- Shovel snow
- Frozen pond
- Snow angel
- Snowball fight
I wish I had this when I was taking piano lessons in Portuguese, so here it is in English. Enjoy!
- Pretend you already speak English.
- 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 also wants 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.
- www.tedxesl.com – TED Talks specifically for learning English.
- www.breakingnewsenglish.com – has transcripts, very basic.
- You will have to translate some to get the meaning sometimes. This is how to do that.
- Once you translate, repeat in English until you feel the meaning in English. Translating is necessary sometimes, but bad. Translating satisfies your brain too easily and you want a hungry brain.
Television has gone down the tubes.
Reality TV is the worst… or is it? No. Reality TV is the best, just as long as it is real. I’m talking history, people. I’m talking about current events. I’m talking about people really doing things. In the deluge of content available now, here is the cream of the crop as I see it, to include audiobooks, lectures, and podcasts.
Video and TV
- Extra Credits History. Awesome short history summaries. These can help you decide what you are interested in.
- Numberphile. All about numbers by mathematicians. (Give it a chance!)
- More Freedom Foundation by Rob Morris. Political, but connects recent history to current events. Follows a coherent line of thought from video to video unlike mainstream news coverage.
- YouTube Fulton Sheen. Simple lessons on life from the 1950s.
- YouTube Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Lectures, Podcasts, Audiobooks
- The Great Courses available on Audible. My favorites so far:
- History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration
- The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained
- Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
- The Vikings
- By far the best way to get The Great Courses is by subscribing. It is much cheaper and you can cancel any time. Send me a text and I can get you a free month and one for myself.
Stuff I Haven’t Seen (Yet)
- Hardcore History by Dan Carlin. I haven’t listened yet, but I hear it is good. It is free.
- YouTube Michio Ikaku
- Comment with more suggestions!