New Game to play and Learn the Usage of Tenses in English

TIP -a Game to Learn Tenses without Translation support

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Thanks for the feedback of 75-100 people who played this Game; we are pleased to release it this week from our new center at Sector 2. I Request your inputs and feedback on this game in the feedback process/form. We have included this game as under

The Game will be played at T.r.i.c.k.s Center: following all the and under the watch-full eyes of games co-ordinator Nisha or Myself.

Basic Students must play it with 32 cards for 5 days;

Get-selected or Intermediate students 10 days with the full deck of 52 cards ….

Objective is to Make the sentence ASAP and score maximum BINGOs! with the right usage of right tense.

Come and have fun to play the Game ‘time it perfect!’

 

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Happy Republic Day – Describe the Picture

Happy Republic Day - Describe the Picture

Thanks to Google, we have a nice and ‘easy to describe’ Picture/Logo on India’s republic day. Transformation of their own LOGO to include the popular theme of the Day is a wonderful demonstration of creativity!… How much do you agree with me? and How many times do we get this pleasant surprise from Google?

Learn English Activities for the Day:

  1. Students of BASIC/Word-Play: Describe any Picture or the Republic Day Parade as you see today. Stick to Simple Sentences, write/speak 10 sentences describing what happens on the Day (usually, sometimes and Simple Present tense).
  2. Students of Intermediate/Get-Selected: Give live commentary of the Republic Day Parade for 10-15 min. -you can run it up in your Mind and learn to use some new verbs/adjectives associated with a national event. Speak for 2 Min. in the class (as much you can even 5 min. for people who have done over 30 classes).
  3. Students of Go-global/Advanced: Write/speak on What special you saw this year? and what do you feel about the day? What did you do ‘on this day’ when you were a child? (Tips: use all your tenses well – switch between past and present; include Phrasal Verbs and Modals as required)

Have a Good day and all the best for your Practice of English as a Language…

T.r.i.c.k.s NOIDA Center wishes you a Happy Republic Day!

GD Topic for Get Selected Students- what do we discuss today?

Its much important that you speak your mind to give a good impression.
Its much important that you speak your mind to give a good impression.

Fill the above contact form to give your suggestion for the Topic. The mail will go to Gaurav Goyal of Go Global for evening batch and Avinash Tripathi of Get Selected for the morning Batch….

Choose a topic in which everyone can participate and come prepared… All the best for a good discussions and learning!

The Notes on ‘How to make a good impression in a group discussion are in a separate post’

How many people in your circle know that you can Converse in English?

People often say: My spouse, My family, Only me or not Many etc., When I ask “How Many people know about your learning English”

This is an important question as its the language you wish to speak in with people right. You are doing it to improve your communication with these very people and as you tell them it automatically sets a stage for you to practice with them… The people who support your efforts are obviously your friends and interested in your GROWTH.

Its difficult to Learn a Language in isolation so my request is declare ‘what you are learning- communication/conversation skills’ to as many people as you feel comfortable with. You don’t need to say ‘I want to practice my Spoken English with you’ maybe you could start as under:

  1. Level 1Put MORE words of English in your everyday speech.. greet everyone
  2. Start answering all the questions asked in English… Yes/No questions are quite easy followed by How Many, How Much, What, Where, Who, When and finally ‘How to’ and ‘Why’ types of questions.
  3. Invite people and make polite requests in English… you already send your greetings and good wishes in English right?
  4. Write all your formal email and answer them in ‘correct and polished’ language
  5. Give your introduction to new contacts, start asking questions to begin a conversation.
  6. Discuss your hobbies, interests, needs wants…and feeling etc.
  7. Describing your daily routines, holiday/childhood experience (past) and future plans

The above can broadly be called ‘Speak-up’ and ‘Speak-out’ situations where your need to speak 4-5 sentences or up to 1 min. to express yourself such that others don’t take you wrong. So declare to the world at large that you have the ability to “speak easily and with confidence to anyone” – you do this by speaking to more and more people – as making a radio broadcast is not possible. This will gradually increase your circle of practice within your existing friends and ‘English – conversations’ definitely increase your friends circle. You gain confidence as you add common words/expressions in your active vocabulary, learn the basic structures (Grammar rules) and speak with clear pronunciation. We cover them in our BASIC program.

Are you ready for doing ‘meaningful conversations’ as you face more ‘real-word’ situations in Business?   

By this time or after the everyday-conversations, you would have developed enough confidence and skill to put intonation and modulation in your speech as used by more polished business speakers and you will be more comfortable to do any ‘meaningful conversation’ that help you establish a relationship. It can be when you face an ‘interview’ or other business situations where you need to ‘Speak-about’ yourself in details or ‘Speak-on’ a given topic for 2-10 minutes. Essentially, you need to ‘sell-yourself’ or your professional profile – to be more polite! You showcase your technical knowledge, skills,  talents, strengths, experiences and demonstrate communication skills such that your first impression is good and the person wants to deal with you in future as well.Level 2 small size

In these professional situations you will use be required to speak more meaningfully so you also need to have good listening -nearly 100% comprehension of words, right expressions and pronunciation, tone as well as the body-language. You begin to form paragraphs to make a ‘connected speech’ that is impressive enough and goes like a story (with a solid beginning and a great ending). There is always a need to get applauds and sometimes, all of us need to win an argument. There is immense power to influence your audience with your Conversations – make them engaging and leave an impact!

Read my posts on the topics under Conversations, In-case you can ‘Speak-out’ but feel difficulties in ‘Speaking on a topic’, you may need to join an Intermediate Level program that also focuses on your ‘Communication’ skills. You could have reasonable level of ease, confidence and fluency with your English maybe in 2 months. (Remember its not about speaking fast).

Are you a Learner like Arjuna or Ekalavya? or Hanuman who needs to be reminded of his powers…

Are you surprised by my question?

First of all, why don’t we understand two characters from ‘Hindu Mythology’ before we talk about your ‘Learning style’ and our ‘Assessment approach’, shall we?

You may already know the characters and heard most of the stories from Mahabharat; read the description of 2 characters specifically the underlined text. Read out slowly (or aloud) as you read for your best ‘comprehension’ in English. I intend to use these traits of a good learner in my post… Read on.

Key Points: Full-time student of Drona, Best Archer of his time, Undefeated Worrier, Learned in Practice with Kirants.

  -As per the epic Mahabharata

(source: Wikipedia)

Arjuna (meaning ‘bright’ or ‘silver’) is the 3rd of the Pandavas, who with Krishna, is considered to be the hero of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. He plays the role of a good listener in the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna was considered the finest archer and a peerless warrior by many notable figures in the Mahabharata. He is the only undefeated hero in the Mahabharata. He was a (full-time) student of guru Drona. He also learned archery (in practicing) with Kirants of Nepal in a disguise as Kirants were renown archers of that time.

Arjuna was also well trained in religion, science, administration. He became a master in using the bow and the arrow (Archery). He was the best archer except a Kirant prince called Ekalavya whom Drona tricked into vowing never to raise a bow. Arjuna’s strength lay in his extraordinary levels of concentration. In a famous incident under Drona’s tutelage, Drona deemed none of his students other than Arjuna- who had the steadfast focus to shoot the eye of the bird on a tree.

Interestingly, I used to read a lot of ‘Amar Chitra Katha’ during my childhood. Great its coming to good use to build an example or a case study for my students :-).

I Leave the story here to pick-up some important points on How Arjuna Learned Archery (as skill like speaking English):

    • He was a good listener – he asked right questions, had great concentration;
    • Full-time student of his trainer of Archery at his academy, learned for many years;  
    • Practiced and polished his skills with Kirants -or the best Archers of that time.
    • He was undefeated in the war and is still considered the real Hero.
    • He was the best Archer of his time (Except one) – our next hero Eklavaya.

Coming back to ‘the story’ mythology…

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Ekalavya is also a character from the same Hindu epic, the Mahābhārata and therefore the stories of Arjuna and Ekalavya must be connected. We do find some connection on their Learning Archery from the same trainer. Read on the profile of our second character.

Ekalavya: He was a young prince of the Nishadha, a confederation of jungle tribes in Ancient India (now part of Nepal). Ekalavya aspired to study archery in the gurukul of Guru Drona (same academy where Arjuna went to study), the greatest known teacher in the use of weaponry and martial knowledge at the time. He sincerely sought the mentor-ship of Drona in weaponry and martial arts. Drona discouraged him, and ultimately rejected the boy due to his caste.

Self-study of Ekalavya: Aspiring to be an Archer like Drona, Ekalavya began a program of self-study, using a clay image of Drona for inspiration. Eventually, he achieved a level of skill superior to that of Arjuna, who was Drona’s favorite and most accomplished full-time student, and part of the royal Pandava family. The Pandavas come across the boy in the forest one day, and Eklavya told them of his self-study under the idol of Drona. In a dramatically cruel move, the guru demanded that Eklavya cut off his right thumb in obeisance to his guru, a request that could not be refused by a student. Eklavya agreed to the demand without hesitation, cutting his right thumb and presenting it to Drona as Gurudakshina*

(*Trainer’s fee – I also love to get fee for training but only from my full-time students 🙂 )

Again, leaving the story here to concentrate on the key Points on How Ekalavaya Learned Archery:

  • He aspired to study under the best trainer of the time and be the best
  • His trainer could have given him the knowledge on usage of weaponry and martial skills but refused
  • He does self-study taking inspiration from the image of the ‘role model’ -his virtual guru 
  • With only a virtual trainer and his own hard work, he achieved a level of skill superior to that  was taught to full-time student by the same trainer
  • With practice, his skills with ‘the bow and arrow’ developed as he kept practicing with ‘the best archers of his time’; he had a lot of self-motivation and determination to be the best. 

I ponder, if there are students who can remain motivated to learn on their own for 2-3 months without being inspired or pushed to practice in a class-room or language lab.!  We are now exposed to many methods to know about ‘Spoken English’ – like emails, blogs, web-sites, on-line or on-phone programs, self-study CDs, kits or books – you as a student should use what suites you the best to Learn. There must always be some method for transfer of knowledge between the teacher and student. 

Take a quiz to assess your Learning Style and mail me the output for interpretation/analysis. This is very useful to give you practice tips, must be done within 7 days of the start of the program with us. As we see, from the stories  of the 2 archers above, there can be 2 major categories of learners:

  • Students of Type A: who need constant support and want the trainer to speak to them more in the Class, they need guidance and instructions as well as every-day inspiration – they are good listeners and may have great concentration to see and observe in a Sm@rt Class. They may need a gentle push (or a prompt) and constant encouragement to put their knowledge into practice. They need more group practice as they also need to compete with other learners in the class, sometimes they take time to speak-up  They typically ask more questions (sometimes even if they know the answers as they need a confirmation of the trainer)
  • Students of Type B: who learn by doing more, spend more time in the Language L@b and they participate more in the Class they just need some corrective feedback or encouragement from time to time. They may need inspiration maybe once in a week and can get it from various sources (have a role-model to follow besides the trainer). They also pick-up and share the CDs, books and use internet to check what other resources are available for self-study. They volunteer for doing some work to support class activities and come prepared with the topic of the day. They compete with themselves.
  • Both have one thing in Common: a desire to Learn

Arjuna-Ekalavya never fought any war with each other to prove who was superior, so it is difficult to say which learning style is better to Learn to Speak in English. In real-life also we see that both find their own pace and get the right types of learning environment and the trainers as they desire. Both types of Learners can speak well!

Indian education system produces more Type A Students than Type B; Type A are likely to seek more counsel before they start.

Please make it clear during your counselling that you are exposed to all the four learning methods: Listen, Read, See and Doing (practice), ‘As any good trainer should’, we give you exposure to all the four methods of learning so that all types of learners are benefited. We have a dedicated Language L@b where we provide unlimited practice time and Sm@rt classrooms where trainers give you conceptual understanding and discuss topics of interest. Speaking Fluent English is a skill there is no escape from Practice for both type A or B – to learn it faster both also need to do the practice under the supervision of a qualified coach who can guide them to do it right.

So are you type A Learner: like Arjuna or type B learner like Ekalavya. If you don’t know your learning style we give you a small questionnaire to fill in the assessment center to help you figure it out.

In our grammatical skill assessment test, you may also come out be like a Hanuman – who does not know his powers until someone reminds him (yes the story from Ramayana as you may have read it) 

The Type B Learners are more likely to read my posts on this blog to get some inspiration of general guidance on practice. Unfortunately they are less likely to walk-in for an English Study Program as they are confident that they can acquire great skill to Speak good English by practice itself. Drop-by if you need motivation or inspiration. Don’t fret I generally don’t demand a tongue!