If I were to ask you what the best question is, what would you say? Of course it depends on the information you're looking for, but are there any questions that are more useful to growth, learning, or growing?
Think of the W questions... and H question (Who, What, Why, Where, When, How)
In this episode, Jesse explores what the he feels is the best question and the reason for it being the best question.
SPOILER ALERT: It's "why" followed by "how".
This is the question that's fundamental to learning. If you want to know the reason somebody did something, you ask 'why'? If somebody says something hurtful, you want to know why. If you want to make good decisions or understand the reason you've made a bad decision, you ask yourself 'why?'
Why is fundamental to learning. Followed closely by "how". In fact, these question compliment each other perfectly. First, you ask 'why', and then you can ask 'how', as in, "How can I + verb"
Do you agree?
I'd love to hear from you and know your opinion to this question. What is the best question?- If you could only choose one
What's the difference between a reason and an excuse? Sometimes, we HAVE reasons for not doing what we need to do, and sometimes we MAKE excuses. If we understand the difference, it can help us be more productive in our day. In this episode, Jesse is going to explore this questions and share his opinion about the difference. Do you agree with him? Share your comments and your opinion. Find episode notes and more resources at sweedacademy.com
So, what is the difference?
Simply put, it comes down to your motivation for giving it. Why are you saying it?
An excuse - tries to blame it on the excuse. (You're trying to excuse yourself from the culpability.)
A reason - you accept responsibility for the error and explain what happened.
It's all in the words we use with EXCUSE or REASON
You make/ come up with an excuse.
You have a reason.
The Truth Is Your Friend
If you're faced with a situation where you've made a mistake and you need to account for it. Go with the truth. You'll earn more respect that way, and in the long run, you'll benefit from it. People often forget about mistakes that are made. People rarely forget about trying to cover up those mistakes or lie about them.
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Do you have ten minutes a day to practice or improve something? At the end of six days, you will have practiced an hour. We can all find ten minutes a day to practice something.
First, decide something to improve.
Second, make 10 minutes a day to CONSISTENTLY practice this thing.
Third, once you are consistently practicing this thing every day, find specific areas to improve at this skill.
These are the steps to success.
Below, you can listen to the whole episode where Jesse outlines his method to learning something new.
Japanese philosopher Musashi said, "If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things."
You're not going to become a master at something in one jump. Consistency is key. There are two things you need to learn and become proficient at something... Time and Times. You need to practice many times, and you need to give yourself time.
By the end of the week, putting 10 minutes a day of practice into something, by the end of the week, you will have put in an hour. And that's taking Sunday off!
Put away the excuses, and find out where to start. What do you want to improve at? Let us know!
Learning language isn't much different than learning a sport, an instrument, or how to do anything. Repetition repetition repetition. You will perform how you practice.
In this episode, Jesse talks about studying English in a different way. Focus on the muscle memory with your brain and your mouth to get used to doing it the right way.
Jesse gives some tips and examples for you to practice this on your own or with your teacher. If you would like to study with Jesse, visit sweedacademy.com and sign up for a lesson.
Listen to the full episode below and then answer the listening questions.
True/False Listening Quiz
Answer these True/False questions as you listen:
1. Jesse is a sports trainer.
2. Muscle memory helps in sports, playing an instrument, and language learning.
3. The way you brush your teeth is an example of muscle memory.
4. Repeating yourself is boring and unhelpful.
5. The phrase 'I would like' is followed by 'to verb'.
6. Repeating words in your mind is a great way to improve pronunciation.
7. If you say a sentence correctly once, you know it.
8. Drilling will help you improve in everything.
It's always important to get off to a good start and make a good first impression. However, starting a conversation is often very difficult and makes us nervous.
In this episode, I want to share some strategy, tips, and expressions to use when you want to start a conversation with somebody.
After the episode, we will have an English lesson and look at the expressions, vocabulary, pronunciation, and some grammar from this episode. Learn these, practice these, and use these next time you want to start a new conversation.
I. VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS
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