[singing] “The eye of the tiger.” Hi. James from
www.engvid.com, singing one of my favourite workout songs: Rocky Balboa, “Eye of the Tiger”.
You’ll notice that Mr. E has on a cape, a spit curl — you know, curl — from Superman.
That’s coming out June 14 — advertisement. But anyway, he’s working out. Look at those
chest muscles — pectorals, chest muscles. And those arms — biceps. He’s a super worm
because today we’re going to “Work out your English with Mr. E.” Okay. Anyway, why are
we doing a workout for something that’s mental, right? It’s not physical — “physical” is
body; “mental” is mind. Well, really they have something in common: they’re both good
for you. A workout changes your body and makes it something you want it to be. Learning a
language is the same. You’re actually changing the structure of your mind. You’re changing
things in your brain so you can get a certain result: a new language or a new way of thinking.
The principles, or the way we go about it, are almost the same. I’m going to break it
down because sometimes people get confused with ideas for learning and think it’s difficult,
but they understand, you know… you run: your heart is good. You lift heavy weight:
your arms get big. Same thing. Let’s go to the board.
Okay, “R”, “W”, “N”: three basic blocks of any workout. Anybody who’s very big and strong
will tell you you need these three things in order to get in good shape and to be strong.
Well, what are they? Let’s start off with the one that everybody
knows best: A workout — a “workout” versus a “program”. Now, I have this on the board
for a reason. “Working out” in English means to exercise or do actions to change your body
— make it stronger. In this case, a “workout” is like a lesson. This is a lesson. This would
be a “workout”. It’s one time — you go in. You do it, right? But it’s not the same as
a “program”. A “program” is a few workouts put together with an idea. You want to get
to somewhere, all right? In this case, to get there, we want to learn English. That’s
what we want to do. That would be the “program”. The “workout” would be the lessons that we
take in order to learn the program. Simple enough? You’re saying, “Okay, I know this.
Why are you teaching me?” Well, what most people don’t know, to get the most out of
a workout, there are three variables — three variables or three things — that you must
do. There is “intensity”, “duration”, and “workload”, okay? So “intensity”: How much
you do. Sorry, “intensity” is how hard you work. “Workload” is how much you do. And “duration”
is for how long. Well, in learning a language, there are three answers to this. So if we
start off with, let’s say, intensity. Do you passively — and passive means just sit there
and watch. You’re not speaking. You’re not active. You’re not doing anything. You just
listen, or you just read: that’s passive. We can really make it more intense by taking
the information that you hear and you read and using it right away by writing something
like writing a response on www.engvid.com — you know, send us a comment — or talking
to somebody. You learn a lesson — automatically going out and talking about it. That’s really
intense, okay? So that’s the “intensity”. You can change it from being passive to active
or both. The second one we can look at, as I said,
is “workload”. What is the “workload”? How much are you doing, right? Are you doing a
page or are you doing grammar? Are you doing verbs — sorry, are you doing, you know, vocabulary?
What are you doing? Each subpart of it is harder. Writing is harder. It’s a big workload
— right? — versus learning ten vocabulary words. What’s your workload like?
And the other one is “duration”. Personally, when I study, or if I’m studying a language,
I like to put in at least 30 minutes. I don’t have to do ten hours. In fact, sometimes doing
too much is not good. But how long are you doing? Five minutes, and you say you’re studying?
You’re not studying. 30 minutes is like the bare minimum, you know, just the smallest
amount. Maybe an hour is good, maybe two hours. So let’s look at those three variables in
a workout, and as you change them you’ll notice your ability to learn English gets better
and better or goes down, right? So remember what we said: There’s “intensity”, which is
how hard you’re studying; “workload”, how much you’re studying; and “duration”, how
much — how often — not how often, but how long do you study. Five minutes? Ten minutes?
An hour? Okay? An hour a day is great. You don’t need more. Watch a few of our videos.
Okay, next: “Program”. I told you the “program” is a large thing. A “workout” is one thing;
the “program” is all the things. What do you want? You want to learn English, so you need
a program. You need to put it in such a way that it works. Well, there are also three
variables for this. “What?” Yeah, there’re three variables. Number one, you have to — when
you’re looking at a program for learning something, for — let’s talk about language. You have
to be consistent. You study today, but not for six months? That’s not consistent. Your
workouts are no good. They’re not going to help you if you do them every five months.
It’s got to be consistent. Daily is best. What about review? Well, once you learn something,
you’ve got to review it, right? You’ve got to review what you’re learning, go over it.
That’s why teachers have tests. I did a video where I talked about the testing method and
why they tested in a certain way. You have to go over. What did I learn? Review it. Review
it. Go over it. It’ll help your memory. And finally, you’ve got to clean up the garbage,
like, correct your mistakes. When you make a mistake, correct it, okay? Over the long
term, if you’re correcting the mistakes, you’ll find that the consistency — the reviewing
and the correcting of the mistakes — your English will just improve and flower. Before
you know it, you’re speaking the language, not learning the language. I know you like
that. I do, too. All right, so we talked about a workout. Now,
everybody thinks that’s it. You work out. You just lift these huge heavy weights, and
you run, and everything’s good. Sorry to tell you: The human body doesn’t work like that
and nor does your mind. You work out, but you need something called “fuel”, or something
to make it work. When I was talking to you about your workload, in learning lessons or
learning methodology — method — what we’re talking about here is nutrition. Nutrition
is the food you put in. If you work out and you eat bad food, you will get a bad result
— lots of work; no return. But with nutrition, what we want to talk about is — well, what’s
“nutrition”? What you put in. What are you studying? Okay. I often tell people study
what you like. It makes more sense. Now, that’s at the beginning, okay? But I also have to
look at, when I’m talking about nutrition — it’s what type of information you’re taking.
There are two types of English, really. There’s what I call “bar English” and “business English”.
And I would teach this to my students because they would come in and say “I’m studying for
IELTS and TOEFL, and I need to know all this academic stuff.” And I went, “Great, so are
you not going to ever go out in a foreign country and talk to English people? You’re
just going to sit in a room and sign documents?” -“Why, yes, I’m going to have beer with them.”
-“No, you’re not because you don’t know ‘bar English’.” “Bar English” isn’t just you go
to the bar and you drink and you say, “Hey man, give me another beer, or, “Dos cervezas,
por favor.” You know, it’s not that. It’s what we call “social English”. It’s the contractions:
“I wanna go” or “I’m gonna” that you shouldn’t use when you’re using formal English, especially
when writing. No. No, no, no, no, no. But you do when you speak, and it makes people
more comfortable — the idiomatic speech, which isn’t necessarily good for an office
environment, but it’s quite acceptable and expected when you’re at a bar, at a beach,
and with your family. Okay? This is what I put “nutrition” in. Stuff you should take
in. You should balance off the academic with a little bit of the social. It’ll make your
life more whole, and you’ll find that you can actually go out, talk to people, and that
will enhance your learning, okay? Cool? You like that?
Why do I have “out”? I’ve always said when people work out — because sometimes I dabble.
“Dabble” means to play in something. It’s not also what you put in, it’s what doesn’t
come out. So in layman’s terms, which means common people terms: No poo poo; no good.
Okay? So you’re taking all this stuff in, the bar room and the business and that, right?
But what are — what are you taking out? I touched on it on the workout. You’ve got to
correct your mistakes. A lot of people take in bad English because they study something
badly or they don’t correct anything, and continue with it. Well, those mistakes build
up, just like bad food builds up and creates a bad body. After a while, you’ve studied
a year. You have so many mistakes. It’s almost impossible to fix. So you give up, saying,
“I will never be good.” In computer words or language, parlance — “parlance” means
wording — “garbage in, garbage out”. I’m telling you take in — know what you’re taking
in. You need the academic. You need some social. Work on those aspects. You also need to watch
what you don’t throw out — things that are useless to you — you may never even use.
Why are you learning medical terminology? You’re not a doctor; you’re a garbage man,
right? Know how the garbage machine works. Cool?
Anyway, and the final one is “Rest”. Everybody knows — not everyone; silly to say. But a
lot of people who work out realize quite quickly that you can work out, and you can eat the
right food, but if you don’t get adequate — and “adequate” means “enough”. If you don’t
get enough rest, the problem is your muscles won’t grow because your body is always repairing
or fixing itself, okay? So that’s what we’re looking at here when we talk about rest. You
need to grow. You need to get bigger. And you need the time to grow. People grow over
time. Things grow over time — so do muscles. Language is the same. You need a break. You’re
like, “What? You told me I have to work out hard and all this intensity and all this.
I’ve got to watch the garbage I put in and all” — yeah. But you need to rest. You need
two forms of rest. You notice I have “breaks” and “time out”. Breaks: when you’re learning,
if you learn in chunks, take 20 or 30 minutes. Work on something. Take a break. Five minutes,
ten minutes, take some air. Walk around. Let it sit, okay? What do I mean, “let it sit”?
Let the information go into your brain, and then come back. Don’t always cram. “Cram”
means taking something and pushing it in again and again into something, okay? Don’t cram.
That’s bad. It’s not enjoyable either. Don’t cram information. What you want to do is put
the information. Give it time to settle. Come in a little bit, then come back to it. You’ll
find that you understand it a little bit better. So take breaks in your learning. After 15
minutes of learning, 30 minutes, 45 — take breaks. They’ve found that in learning language,
20 to 30 minutes is very good for the brain to get the information and learn from it.
Now, that’s a break while you’re learning a lesson or in a workout. But in a program
— see I’m coming back to this again. In a program, take a time out. Now, what I mean
by “time out” is going to sound funny. Take a time out from actually learning, sitting
in front, reading books, being in class. Take a break. Don’t do any language. But when you
go outside, try and use your language. Try and use it in a natural environment. I know
for some of you, I know don’t live in countries where English is a primary language, that
will be a little difficult. So people like, a Spanish person in America — United States
— they would find it easier, or a German person because there’re so many English tourists.
But take a break from actually active learning. The “learning curve”, we call it — what I
found with students was that they’d come in here, and they would go up, up, up, up, up,
and then there would be called a “plateau” — a place where they would stay — and then
they would say “my English is going down”. And I would say, “Actually, it’s not going
down. Your brain is analyzing and learning. It seems to you down. So one day when you
go, ‘Now my English better’, it was always here, and it was always going up. You just
didn’t see it until it came here. Your brain needs time and so do you. So what I want you
to do is — I want you to take a break right now. That’s right, take a break because I’m
finished this lesson. But before I do, let’s do the review.
People always say the most important part of the workout is actually the rest so you
can get the information. But to go over it again, work out. There’s a difference between
a “workout” and a “program”. A “workout” is the lesson you’re studying, okay? Work on
the process in that lesson. There’s a video on that process. Go check it out. You’ll see
it — another learning lesson. The “program” is the end goal, what do you want, and what
workouts or what lessons are you going to study to get to that end goal. A student is
different than a businessman, which is different than a person vacationing. They’ll all have
different programs, and have to have different workouts to get there, okay? Remember that.
Next, “nutrition”: just like your workout, what are you going to put in your body? What
are you filling yourself with? Is it more social — bar talk — or is it more formal
— education or business? Don’t forget you’ve got to clean out those mistakes. When someone’s
correcting you, or you find a mistake, correct it. If you leave the garbage in — don’t take
it out — it’s going to make you bad, okay? Garbage in; garbage out; good nutrition; good
learning in: mistakes come out. And finally, rest. Take breaks while you’re learning as
well as a longer break, maybe a day or two. Give your time — yourself time. Give your
brain time to think and absorb. Cool? You like that?
Well, it’s our break time, okay? Because this is a workout — a www.engvid.com workout.
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Anyway, have a good one. I’m out. Super E — he’s gone from “Mister” to “Super”. This
is a break. Remember: you have to come back and study another video later. Ciao.