I’ve made suggestions for summer reading, so why not summer listening? I can’t take all the credit for this idea. A private student asked that I put together a study guide for the two months we won’t be meeting. The request is specifically for listening practice.
I’m trying to compromise on who should set the tasks. I believe the student should assume some responsibility even in the planning stage. However, I know it is my role to establish guidelines. My study guide begins with two bullet points:
Set a schedule. Choose a realistic number of days and minutes you can hold to from week to week.
Choose your resources. Your resources will match your goals. If you seek to understand more conversational English, your choices will differ from those of a student who wishes to master more vocabulary. You can work with more than one resource at a time, but you should be…
This was the Holi of 2008; a job- offer from Sify to join them at Mumbai as a Branch Manager waited on my desk. The big issue was how to re-settle ourselves -a small family of three- after several years of partial settlement in Delhi. I had fondly heard this Hindi song from the Movie Kirayedaar “Naukari mil jayegee, Chokari mil jayegee… Chat naa milegee aisi jiski deewaren ho chaar”. I was in a funny situation like Amol Palekar in this song. The Joke was really up on me and I had to solve it or let go this job-offer!
My work involved a lot of time to be spent on internet as I was to set-up this eLearning portal and get orders from corporate to subscribe to learning on their own through web technologies. I did spend a couple of hours each day on the world wide web. I came across this advertisement of one of the property websites (which is now a big business with many players)…I think it was 99Acers or some such free information websites. It tempted me to search for my housing requirement online and I just did that and kept my Hopes alive.
Today when I see the lookup ads and housing website https://housing.com/lookup. it fills we up with hope and happiness that things will be brighter for our next generation. They will face no worries in finding a property in any part of the world. The image of Mumbai as pace where hosing is I short supply is already shattered thanks to the newly developing town-ships in New Bombay.
I found some 8-10 suitable options after struggle of 2-3 days to understand the map of Mumbai. Most of the ones in my budget were in Vashi – Navi Mumbai, I was told is an upcoming township not far from the area where I could find my clients. Sify’s office was far by any standards -in Santa Cruz near the Airport. I found out that it entailed change of trains at Kurla and then again at Mumbai Central. I rested my hope on the point that this would be clean area with big roads like what I am accustomed to in Noida. So I went ahead with the option of choosing to stay in Vashi.
We saw the pictures of the property that was on 1st floor, called-up the landlord and settled out the rentals and other terms etc. there came another show-stopper. In Mumbai most landlords insist on 11 month advance but my company’s terms for the lease to be in their name were -one month advance and a month of security. I hoped again that my landlord would agree and with some persuasion and blessings from the lord of all being he did. In a matter of few days, I had the agreement in my mailbox and instructions on where and how to get the flat’s key.
Soon we were on our way to Mumbai to land right in the time of the Ganpati pooja on the sixth day of the festival. This was the first time when I really saw the fervor of processions that go with the festivities of this season, We were awestruck as I was goods took 2 days to come after they reached Mumbai . We tasted the tangy flavor of Vada Paw at Vashi Station while the luggage took it’s sweet to arrive. Our wishes were fulfilled by Ekadant-the Lord of good beginnings but most of all it was the property website that helped us the most. My best wishes to this online property business… “Chaat Bhi milegi aisi jiski Deeware ho Char” , happy searching until then.
It never fails. Every time I start a new grammar topic on YouTube, I am surprised by how much I don’t know. I think it’s the idea of committing to an explanation and sending it out to thousands of learners that makes me dig and dig until I arrive at a feeling of certainty. I also start asking my own questions and consider the possible answers. I almost never give brief explanations. They tend to be very thorough. I know there will be learners with just as many questions, and I try to anticipate them. For example, it’s simply not enough to teach that prepositions come before nouns or pronouns. Since my introduction is intended for upper level students, I found myself explaining that objects can be nouns, noun phrases, noun clauses, gerunds, gerund phrases, and a few different kinds of pronouns.
We have moved to this new office location in Sector 2 Noida. Having burned a deep hole in our pocket for 2 years with heavy rentals and uncertain or less than expected foot-falls in Sector -15, we were skeptical. Our hope rested on two facts 1) we were not going far from where we have built-up this local brand for ourselves we could easily move the traffic 2) the new location was closer to the metro station and the main road.
Our story (as some of you know it) began in 2012 with Bhaagmal complex -the office location for T.r.i.c.k.s English Center never seemed so tricky affair until we experienced it first-hand. Mr. Sohan Singh our estate agent had shown us 4 options, through different agents we had seen 8 locations. More data and numerous options all within our budget of around 30k only confused me- a first time entrepreneur. We decided to go with 2nd floor 600 sq. ft. space and built-up the interiors with wooden-partitions to serve us for the life-time. (we had named our company lifelong learning). The one-time expense of what now lies unattended was INR 2-3 lac. ( it took us the first 6 months to do that billing).
Movement to C-32, Sector 2 was swift decision for me and my partners since we are going in for the sharing option and we hope that the our students will love this place more than our earlier location. The structure is just right for a training center and the environment is great. The reception is off-far more spacious. Oh yes we have moved the gaming tables and the cards are still there to play English Learning games!