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What is the most important in writing?

The most important thing when we write, it’s a freedom feeling. The feeling that you are able to express whatever you want in another language. So, every subtle feeling inside you can be translated into words.  It’s a sensation of liberty when you could put every single movement created in your head on paper, or on your laptop’s screen. Taking an example of “Exercises in Style” of Raymond Queneau, who told the same history in almost hundred different ways.

It’s a pleasure every time you want to share your inner thought with others. While you learn a language, you share the same power of that language with people. Each language in general and word, in particular, contain a lot of souvenirs that the speaking people put in. You can feel it if you pay attention to. Learning a language means you receive and contribute to this mass of souvenirs. In the same manner, using it means you assimilate and add to.

To finish this text, I copy a phrase that I saw today on the bag of a man on the road. There are three phrases but I forgot the fist one:

“…

Be global.

Be open mind.”

About writing

Many books give advice about how to write. Every exam has his rule about writing. Every type of text demands a way to write, a structure. But how about writing while everyone just tries to put on the paper their thinking, feeling inside without wondering so much about form, structure, words, … In the beginning of course in order to formulate in a natural and fluently way whatever they have in their head. After that, everything will go smoothly by the way they are for perfect the writing: find the precise word, respect the structure of argument, build the correct and standard form, use the good collocation, get some corrections, …

At the same time, increasing “language input” by massive listening, intensive reading is indispensable.  These “inputs” will help us to build up the vocabulary, the structure, everything we need for putting out our idea in a correct form. The ability to recall everything we need to write it down is not natural, it takes exercise, training, a lot of practice.

Another point, it’s regular. We have to write every day. The daily work, even a little, is very important to have a writing skill. Personally, whatever I don’t write or forget to do it one or some days when I try to catch up, I feel more difficult to write things down, less natural to recall words. The feeling is like trying to “recall” an old friend which is farther and farther if I don’t get in touch with him every single day. It’s a lot of work. But we’ll don’t feel that way if we enjoy the journey, or we love writing, or we don’t take it like an obligation but a pleasure thing. Frankly, who can oblige us to write if we don’t want to? Every job has to be done from an inside motivation for a long-term result.

The last point is to write about various subjects. But it will be talked later in the other text.

Writing

Writing makes me feel good. Whenever I have some thoughts which are not positive or some worrying, I just sit down in front of my computer and start to write something. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter, almost immediately, it calms me down and I feel so much peaceful. Writing helps me more concentrate in putting my ideas on words rather than disperse on a lot of other nonsense things. Writing makes me feel so good. Nevertheless, the problem is I’m not good at writing in English. Writing a lot doesn’t mean giving many texts of quality 🙂 I just want to put my thinking on screen (in place of paper 🙂 and I don’t care so much that time for the form of English language to get fluently first. After, slowly, I’ll try to ameliorate the form and the structure of my writing, for sure! I hope that my writing will get better all the time. But skill takes time! and much works to master!

Briefly, mastering writing takes time, and it’s the matter of the future. I would like for now just enjoy my writing and… the weekend! ^ ^

Some words from IELTS

This time, I’m trying to prepare my IELTS’s exam. It’s not easy for me because the listening test demand catches up very detail things, not ideas. Generally speaking, in my opinion, listening is essential for getting main ideas, speaker’s point of view. I was surprised about the fact that all listening exam is about getting some precise words from the text, not about ideas or speaker’s attitude at all. In this point, I prefer TOEFL which seems to ask for synthetic ability. I can’t discuss other parts of the IELTS exam, like reading, writing, speaking in regards of TOEFL’s exam because I never go through none of them.

The revision time for this exam has made me think about a lot of things in my current life. Firstly, I didn’t work hard for an exam for a long time. Secondly, the topics of this exam cover many themes of life, so the candidate has to learn lots of things. After that, this time of learning makes me question about my education that I will give to my little daughter. Which highlight we will give her like education? How do we design her like when she still stay with us? What can we offer her to learn? It’s a big question. A child doesn’t have the limit. He like a page of paper all white, no any trace. It’s a big responsibility to put something on that. We’ll have to think about all that seriously!

We’ll have to think about all that seriously! Anyway, today is a weekend. It’s time to take a rest and relax. I listened tonight the song “Make you feel my love” by Adele which is a tribute to Amy Winehouse.

I’m not really interested in the world of music but I was marked before, long time ago, by a documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse because it’s a special talent and a tragic life too. It made me sad and questioned about life. When I heard Adele, I feel that she is inspired by Amy’s style and she confirmed my feeling in the beginning of her performance. And the song is so touching. In my opinion, even inspired somehow by Amy, Adele keeps her own style which is so simple and so graceful. She is able to touch the heart of people just by her voice, that comes from her heart, definitely! 🙂

Modelling the maintain of languages

Becoming polyglot, it’s hard, but staying it, it’s harder. How a polyglot maintain his level in every language?

The first video that I saw about this topic is of Robin MacPherson. His video sounded meaningful for me because I always asked myself how to not forget a language learned. In his video, he explained his 4 approaches to maintaining the level. In other words, he tried to find down some models to do it.

After that, I read the website of Dr Alexander Arguelles, and he explained: “The practice of Polyliteracy requires many hours of systematic hard study every single day of your life.  Keeping a chart to record your division of hours is essential to balancing your progress. ” He showed also his sample systematic study chart.

Many others explained their own way to maintain their level too, but until this moment, it doesn’t seem very clear and no one is able to figure out exactly how it works. They just tried by their proper way to practice one of them each time in the day in order to do not forget the languages.

 

About listening

I’ve seen some online conferences of the Gathering for Polyglots recently organised in Bratislava, Slovakia. I’m interested in this event a few years ago and have spent a severe time to watch videos and tapes of people. It was a very interesting event which gives an annual occasion to language lovers talking together about their adventures with many languages. This time, something about listening sound meaningful to me.

After Dr Stephan D Krashen, a lot of listening and reading are the most effective way to acquire languages. In other terms, increase the input all the time before taking care of output (speaking and writing). The polyglot Vladimir Skultety proposed also the intensive listening. That remind me of my brother who listened English in our childhood all the time. He even dreamed about the English because he listened to it too much and repeated it all the time too :). J.A.Hoge talked also about deep listening in his method of Effortless English.

So, obviously, we have to listen in two ways when we learn a language:

  • Listen all the time even without really paying attention to the content, which creates an environment of the language learned (radio, film, audiobooks, etc).
  • Listen intensively: That means you take time to concentrate only on listening to get the meaning, after focus on the structure, words, pronunciation then imitate and repeat until you master it completely

Feel deeply

How deep do you feel about your learning in particular and about your language learning in particular? More It’s tranquility inside yourself, more it’s deeply the feeling. It’s a profound feeling in the interior of each one, who integrate into every emotional muscle like the water go deeply into the soil. The same with your language learning. If you enter in an intensive time of learning for a purpose, you will have this feeling, maybe not, it’s so I am. It’s a tranquillity feeling inside you, who make you understand that everything you do is not a matter of the outside, but it’s come from inside. The more you clever yourself,  the more you clean every interior burden, the better you will feel, the more satisfaction you will feel, even with nothing at all, or with a very little thing, apparently nonsense, but you will still feel happy or joyful with this. That means clever your motivation. Stop, and be with every single thought inside yourself, and think, feel about it in order to see how do you feel if you do something because of the outside or the inside of yourself? it’s from you or from other? it’s what you want or just for show off, for flatter your ego, etc It’s not a matter of the outside, it’s an inside thing!