Hello dear people. I've had a request for work to do over the break to make you just great at English. So, I've been thinking about this over the weekend, and here are my top ten ideas:
- Read books. Start with children's books. Read them over and over until they are easy, and you know every word, and you understand the use of every phrase, or at least appreciate the use of the tenses. Then move up to something a little harder.
- Read children's books to children. If you have children in your life, read them English children's books. They'll learn. So will you. But mostly, as you read them over and over, you'll really start to get the flow and cadence, which will help you to read and understand as you move forward.
- Watch an English language movie, over and over and over (It's best to find one you really like). You'll find the first few times is mostly about the vocabulary you don't know. Then you'll start to notice the grammar and special turns of phrase. Again, you'll get into the cadence and the flow, and you'll get a better idea of when it "sounds right."
- Find a reason to write, to someone or just for yourself. You could keep a journal. If you are given to sadness, you might find Shawn Achor's recommendations useful.
- As you all know, I'm hot for you all to come up with a compelling why for your life. You've got anywhere from a few minutes to a hundred years ahead of you. How nice it would be to be excited to get up to put your special dent in the universe. So you could design your life, in English, or your own language. Dr. Peterson's Self Authoring Suite will cost you about 50 sheq a person (find a friend to split the two for one with) to do just that. But as we're talking English, that might be the better choice.
- If you are a musician, and there are English songs you like, learn them in English, but also make it a point to understand them. Be careful though, because musicians and poets do often take license with grammar.
- Listen to, and maybe memorize, great speeches.
- There are many commencement (graduation) speeches on line that could be worth your time. Here are some I like by Amanda Palmer, and Admiral William McRaven.
- Read and memorize some poetry.
- Read and memorize some Shakespeare.
- If there is something else you like, take a course or get some coaching on that. There is something on almost everything available.
- Or just spend time with English speakers speaking English.
- Follow me on Quora, or Facebook, or my personal notes, or my other Blogs or pages
- Or just write me and keep in touch.
You should all have a great Summer.
I love you all.