Thinking in English is no easy task. We at TJ English golf would even argue it’s a skill you need to develop, next to the speaking, listening, reading and writing. Now you may ask: how do I do that? In this Friday Vlog we take a look at this topic. How to think, in English.
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I hope this article helps you a bit and I wish you good luck with your listening. Until the next article:
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This is a story of a student of mine who made an interesting choice during a class during which we were talking about dogs. I think it’s a great example of how sometimes you have to chose fluency over perfection and because of that achieving communication, without having the right words. I love this example of resourcefulness and resolve.
The Dog Speaks
When talking about dogs during a class, one my students wanted express that his dog sometimes “barks” loudly. The thing is, at the moment didn’t know that word. Now this is a problem when you want to talk about how different races of dogs bark. On top of that, every language has its own word for barking. So instead of using Spanish in the hope I would understand him, he said “dogs speaks”. My first reaction, I am after all human, was to smile at him, because it was funny. But, my amazement and amusement became even greater when I realized what he had done. He has indirectly asked me for the word in English, without losing fluency, confidence nor composure. Also, he expressed what he wanted to say. Within an English class and in English, these may be two of the most important things combined in one.
Fluency is important, always. When looking up information on the topic you are sure to find many articles that say that, being fluent is more important than being perfect.
What I find even more interesting is that the student in this particular example didn’t mind his own lack of knowledge of the English language. He worked his way around it, set his fear aside and was able to express what he wanted to say. I understood exactly what he wanted to say and so did all the other students in the group. His mission was accomplished, and I repeat, without losing fluency.
Anyone who wants to learn a language can take this example and try it. Believe me, if you can take humiliation, and it’s not going to be a big, you will continue this and learn the language a lot quicker. Good luck, and good one on my student.