THE SWING OF THINGS

A swing on the land of an English farmshop

 

We drift, we move, we get stuck, we continue… And it´s nice when we finally get into the swing of things. When it certainly seems that we´ve found the path, the light at the end of the tunnel, the spark that finally lights the fire…

We live at a time of constant movement, of unpredicted changes, altering our day to day lives, disturbing our calm, diverting us from our routes but eventually, it all comes clearer and our eyes get ready for it…

It´s weird how some of my English classes go very smoothly, some others not so, how experience pays, and improvisation rules…

Students like spontaneity, they accept that we, as teachers don’t always have all the answers, we are human, but with their great attitude we thrive and so do they…xxx…More next week

(the title for this entry was inspired by one of my favorite songs by A-ha)

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DISCIPLINE

English learning at my office, in Cruces-Barakaldo

 

We talked this week, me and my students, about the importance of attending classes when learning a language, about keeping a routine, a structure, a way to force yourself to do it, in order to continue advancing with English learning.

On my first year in UK, I lived in a small town and was unable to attend English lessons due to my working timetable. I could see how my level of listening improved by being surrounded by english people at work and watching TV. Also, my reading skills got better, thanks to my interest in reading newspapers and magazines. But my speaking and writing didn´t improve at all. Once  I moved to London and started to attend English classes twice a week my level progressed very quickly. I had tasks to complete, I was shown ideas by my teachers to enjoy the language in many different ways and all these motivated me to advance further.

A teacher can change your life. A teacher can direct you back to the right track. Many people can learn alone but for most of us, a teacher will walk hand in hand with us and show us everything our minds are willing to take…xxx…More next week

TRAVEL

A pause on my journey after seeing this sign of an English farmshop in Kent, December 2015

 

Often misused, but this is a word that everyone loves… It brings a smile to my students when I ask them to speak about traveling. Learning about new lands, customs, people, places…

Hans Rosling talks about the changes in traveling patterns in our world in recent years on his Ted talk, about how easy it is nowadays to move around our globe and cover many plans, schedules, sightseeing visits and non-stop discovering…

Also, in another Ted talk,  Thomas Hellum shows us the beauty of Norway when traveling by train or ship on his Slow TV programs, so soothing and entertaining at the same time…

I´ve always loved traveling, it was easy while living in London to get away for a weekend anywhere in Europe. Quickly arranged journeys, short trips to visit friends I had met in London, oh, the beauty of living in such a cosmopolitan city, of having the chance to meet people from every corner of the world…

Now is the time of year to get your TRIPS organized, for many they´re already sorted, I´m sure! The beautiful summer just invites us to get lost somewhere….xxx…More next week

 

 

TEMPTATIONS

Products for sale in an English farmshop, December 2015

 

We´re faced with temptations every day. Treats, brief joys, the tiniest satisfaction to which we easily succumb… It´s hard not to give in with all these little pleasures available, sometimes too easy to reach, sometimes making us take risks…

We live at a time of pretty-easy, of wanting-getting, of no waits, just shop around from home or work and get it delivered the next day, even buy a few pairs of shoes to try on at home and return the ones you don´t want without extra charge, so simple!!

Convenience is very convenient in many ways but everything up to a point! Keeping a conscious mind of everything that goes behind, for instance, who´s getting rich by me doing this? What happens to the local people in my town struggling with their little businesses? It might be worth thinking about all these too…xxx…More next week

BLOCKAGE

Street sign found in many places in UK, this one is in Newcastle

Invisible energy surrounds us. Inertia, tendency, attraction, fear of disappointing others… We don´t see it but we feel it, and wonder why it´s happening to us…why things don´t progress, advance…why we can´t prevent actions from taking place despite trying as hard as we might…

The environment affects us in a way that we sometimes can´t control what we end up doing. We tend to make the same mistakes again and again…

Everything happens for a reason and we are here to learn non-stop, full stop!

We never stop learning, because when we think we have, a new challenge appears putting us to the test again.

Life is a journey on which we encounter barricades from time to time, blocking us from proceeding but, with patience, we find a new way to continue, in a stronger and better position…xxx…More next week