I would like to take you through a typical first lesson with one of my students. Typically, for a first lesson, we look at your goals. Let's look at your goals. I will teach you how to set goals, and how to use English to make a plan to accomplish those goals.
This is going to be an interactive episode, so I'd like you to get a pen and a piece of paper to get ready to write down your goals. Also, take a photo of your goals and tag me on Instagram @SweedAcademy
You don't have to make 3 goals. If you only have one goal, do these exercises for that goal!
How to make goals
Here are some important things to keep in mind when creating your goals.
You should be able to check off your goals.
Goals should be:
Ex. NOT "I want to improve my listening." ---> "I will be able to understand a Ted Talk."
Ex. NOT "I will improve the guitar." ---> "I will learn 2 barre chord songs."
Ex. NOT "I will be successful." ---> "I will make 10,000€ in the first quarter."
Goals are NOT "I want to..."
Your goals SHOULD be written "I will..."
Write your goals down and post them somewhere you can see on a REGULAR BASIS.
Get a pen and paper or your voice recorder ready because this episode will be interactive. Jesse will guide you through the Proust Personality Test to go deep into getting to know yourself even better.
The Proust Personality Questionnaire is a fun exercise that will ask you different levels of personal questions that you probably don't think about in your daily life.
Answer these 35 questions honestly for yourself either orally or written, and you will surprise yourself. You will also learn some new vocabulary and have practice forming questions in English.
There is no vocabulary lesson at the end of this episode, but I explain some unusual vocabulary words during the test that will help you answer the questions. Let me know about your results.
How will it help me?
Some ways people have used this questionnaire:
- Having fun
- Writers and Actors/Actresses have used them to create characters
- Practice thinking in English
Option #1 - Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down your answers to the following questions.
Option #2 - Use your phone voice recorder to record yourself saying the answers with the episode.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your greatest extravagance?
7. What is your current state of mind?
8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
9. On what occasion do you lie?
10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
11. Which living person do you most despise?
12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
16. When and where were you happiest?
17. Which talent would you most like to have?
18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
21. Where would you most like to live?
22. What is your most treasured possession?
23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
24. What is your favorite occupation?
25. What is your most marked characteristic?
26. What do you most value in your friends?
27. Who are your favorite writers?
28. Who is your hero of fiction?
29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
30. Who are your heroes in real life?
31. What are your favorite names?
32. What is it that you most dislike?
33. What is your greatest regret?
34. How would you like to die?
35. What is your motto?
"I'm not a language person." This is a lie that I used to tell myself because I was either too lazy or didn't know how to learn, so I didn't learn Spanish when I was in high school. We sometimes say, "I'm not a musical person." or "I'm not a business person." and this mindset holds us back from learning and improving in many areas.
In this episode, Jesse talks about this mindset and gives advice on how to overcome this mindset and improve anything you want. As always, the final segment of the show is an English lesson teaching key vocabulary and expressions from the show. Do the quiz below as you listen to test your listening ability.
Visit sweedacademy.com/podcast for show notes and a quiz to test your listening.
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