While most of you non-native speakers of English speak English quite well, there is always room for improvement (of course, the same could be said for every person for any subject, but that is another matter). To that end, I’d like to offer you a poem. Once you’ve learned to correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you will be
speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
If you find it tough going, do not despair, you are not alone: Multi-national personnel at North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters near Paris found English to be an easy language … until they tried to pronounce it. To help them discard an array of accents, the verses below were devised. After trying them, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months at hard labor to reading six lines aloud.
Try them yourself.
English is tough stuff
Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse. Read More…
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
most patient of teachers.
– Charles William Eliot
I wish I have had and a teacher like Taylor Mali. Once you get over his formidable side you will feel moved, empowered, inspired and motivated.
If you had 4 minutes, please watch his speech and you will never again ask yourselves what do teachers (have to) do (and make):
Taylor Mali: What Do Teachers Make?
You’d like more? There is more:
Taylor Mali: Miracle Workers
Have you had teachers that had inspired you for living?
Stay tuned for my favourite Taylor Mali piece. 😉
And no, you may not work in groups,