Three reasons Why You Can Speak English 

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Have you ever thought that you cannot speak English fluently? Have you ever felt ashamed when you were with good English speakers? If so, this blog is for you.

I have taught English to students from different backgrounds.There were high-level executives, housewives,or even school students. Some picked up fast. Some took more time.

Students who picked up fast had some common characteristics.If you have those qualities within you, nobody can stop you from learning English.

1.You have an inner urge to speak English.

You should have a sound reason for learning English speaking. May be it is to clear that interview, or impressing a customer or even just satisfying your ego.

Whatever maybe the reason, something within you should push you. I remember a student who joined my class to win his girlfriend!

Since you have a dream, follow your dream. Don’t think that it is only a dream. You are the only person who can do that. Remember, it is your responsibility too.

2.You are ready for adjustments
All these days you were following a typical routine. Now that you have decided to learn to speak English, your schedule is bound to change.

You need time to search for resources. If you are joining an English speaking class, you need to adjust your timetable accordingly.

If you are planning to do it yourself, you need to download some useful apps. You may be having a lot of resources; but what is the use, if you don’t use it.Three ways to learn English fast

All these need time. If you are ready to be flexible, you are out there in the list of achievers.

3.You are regular in your practice.

Practice, practice and practice. There is no shortcut to reach there. But when to practice? Everyday. Yes, I mean it. 

There is no point in practicing 5 hours on a day and forget about it rest of the days. Be it twenty minutes in a day; but do it regularly.

So if you fit to all these points your goal is within your reach.


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How to Overcome Procrastination

Do you procrastinate? You want to say ‘no’ but your heart is shouting ‘yes’.

All of us procrastinate. But if it has become a part of your character, you need to change.

What is procrastination?

When you know that certain work has to be done now, but you put it off for a later time, it is procrastination.

That doesn’t mean that you are a lazy person. You might be doing something else instead of doing what you are supposed to do.

Sadly, you have to bear consequences.

For example after food, if you don’t do the dishes immediately what will happen? It will be difficult to scrub.

When your auto repair is not done on time, you know very well it will cost you more later.

What if you don’t pay your bills on time?  End up paying the penalty as well.

So simply put, procrastination is a thief of time, productivity and money

Why do we procrastinate

  1. Our habit
  2. Our attitude
  3. Our fear

You may have the habit of doing things at the last moment. You might say,  if I do that way, I can achieve more things in lesser time.

Tell honestly, do you get best results when you do things in a hurry?

What about attitude? Are you taking things for granted? You might think if not now, I will get another chance – Are you sure?

Your own fear is the biggest culprit. You want to do it perfectly.Then the fear creeps in.

What if my work is not up to the mark? What will others think about me?

So it is better not to take up that work now. And you wait for that perfect time to come.You just procrastinate.

Think of the consequences

If you don’t do things on time, pressure and anxiety builds up. You will be terribly tensed when you are close to the deadline.

If you cannot complete the task on time, what about your reputation? You will be branded as a lazy person.

Since you have a work pending, you are not able to relax when you have free time.That causes health issues.

Researches show that headache, colds, sleeping problems, allergies, infections and migraine are some of the complications result from lack of relaxation.

I know you certainly don’t want to go through any of the above hassles.

What to do now?

  1. Make a list. [Monthly, weekly, daily task list].
  2. Slice it. Concentrate only on one slice at a time
  3. Delegate
  4. Plan for interruptions
  5. Reward yourself

The first thing to tackle procrastination is to make a to do list. It works.

You may wonder why it doesn’t work for you? Probably, it is not a practical one.

I will show you how to make a practical list.

You can make daily, weekly, and monthly task list. Then you slice the monthly task into four parts and weekly task into five parts.

Put a slice of monthly task in each weekly list. Similarly a slice of weekly task in daily list. This way you are working on all three lists.

Now that you got the list, concentrate on the daily task list, number it according to the priority.

If you can delegate any of the work, just do that.

After delegating, start working on task number one.

Once you finish it, put a tick mark on it, go to the next. Take short break between two tasks if you feel.

One caution- you should plan for interruptions. So don’t get irritated if you can’t finish it within time. At least you are working on it.

What if some other work pops in which is not in your list?

If you feel, that is also urgent and it takes very less time, say within 2 minutes just do it and continue with your original work.

Otherwise, number it as your next task and do it.

Now, what are you going to do? Make your list right away. Don’t procrastinate.

Once you are done with your work, have that coffee or watch your favourite program.

Yes, that’s your reward and you deserve it.

 

She Is My Mother; Daughter Too

 

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I never imagined that, in my life I would ever experience this. Yes, my mother in law is an Alzheimer’s patient and I am her caregiver

Everymorning, she eagerly waits for me to serve her breakfast. When it is  time to  have my breakfast, she would again be at the table for breakfast. She forgets she already had it.

She is very good at making stories. In some mornings she becomes so confused that she calls me ‘Aunty’; even she calls her son ‘Uncle’. Those times, whatever questions we ask about her family, instant answers we get; but only imaginary.

After taking bath, whichever dress she finds, she wears without bothering whose is that.

Whoever comes home, she has a set of questions and statements like ” How are you? How are your children? Pay attention to your children”.

I feed her, I give her what to wear, I scold her when she becomes mischievous, I kiss her, she kisses me too. When I am not around, she becomes restless.

Now tell me,who is she for me?

Yes she is my daughter.