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
Bad news: Learning English is difficult. Good news: It's not as difficult as many people think.
Do you know what the key to improving at a language... or anything else is?
Time and times.
You need time to perfect your skill, and you need repetition (times) of doing it correctly. This is the key to improvement. Think of learning a new language in the same way you think of learning a new sport, instrument, or any other skill. It's NOT impossible, it just takes time and repetition to improve.
In today's episode, Jesse discusses this idea and shares some insight from his own life and path about how he's applying this to his progress is things he's learning. Experience is the best teacher... if you learn from it. This is why repetition is so important. Repetition is experience.
If you remember from Episode 33 of the More Than English Podcast, if you can dedicate just 10 minutes a day toward learning this new skill, you will be shocked at how much you can learn.
You will also be able to learn valuable expressions and phrases to become more fluent in English. Share this with somebody who is learning something new.
What about you?
What are your keys to learning something new? Share ideas and tips below to help out the community.
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Do you have a high English level, but you have a difficult time with your listening? It can be frustrating, right?
Why is listening to a foreign language so difficult?
In today's episode, Jesse will explain strategic steps that you can take to improve your listening comprehension. Jesse will give you three tasks to do next time you're listening to an interview, a Ted talk, a YouTube video, or any other thing that you want to listen to. Follow this advice and these tasks and improve your foreign language listening immediately.
Steps to Improving Your REAL English Listening
1. Don't try to pick up every word.
Are you missing the forest for the trees? If you focus on a single word that you didn't catch, you might miss the bigger idea about what you're listening to. What do you do in your own language when you miss a word? You probably pick up the general idea from the rest of the message.
Ask yourself 3 questions:
a) Who is the intended audience of this listening?
b) What is the main idea of what I'm listening to?
c) What were some supporting points of that main idea?
2. Focus on what you know instead of what you don't know.
Too many times, we can become discouraged about the things we don't know. If we become discouraged from that, we'll be discouraged all the time because we'll always not know more than we know. That's the point of learning, isn't it? Sometimes, it's good to notice our progress as a bit of encouragement.
3. Have a notebook and write down new words or expressions.
This will help you out a lot. It will keep you focused and encouraged because if you will learn more about the things we don't know. By writing down new words and expressions in REAL context, you will learn them on a deeper level and have a visual record to continue to study from.
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Do you feel like you're not improving in your English? There are many complicated parts of English that students find very difficult. Maybe you're studying grammar, vocabulary, phrasal verbs, expressions, verb tenses, and other details in English. In this episode, Jesse teaches you a trick to try when you get stuck with your English and you feel like you're not improving.
The secret is... Less is More. Focus on only one grammar point, vocabulary, or expression that you're having trouble with and become obsessed with that for one week. Jesse will go into further detail with this in this episode.
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