English proverb of the day

"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability? (October 17, 2021)"

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    CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability?
    (the topic was once discussed on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016)

    Making a career choice is more than just landing a job. It is a decision that has a huge impact on our lifestyle and the way we achieve our lifetime goals. But how can we decide on a career path when our academic performance suggests an option but we desire otherwise?
    Imagine you make it through four years of college and get your degree; you graduate and get a job in a related field. But years later, you realize it was actually a mistake. What you are doing is not what you actually want to do. You feel bad having to get up each day and go to a job you do not like.
    That scenario is not rare. For many people, it may take years or more to find out what they are good at, and sometimes, their skills and abilities may not equal their interests and passions. That is one reason why many college students change their major halfway through college, and many never do the jobs related to their majors after graduation.
    The fact is that you cannot be successful at something you are not interested in, but if you have no special skill in something you are passionate about, you can be discouraged; your passion can be drained, and it can be another dilemma.
    1. Are you doing what you love for a living?
    2. Why do people sometimes do the jobs they hate?
    3. How do we know if a job is our true calling?
    3. What should we do to make a smart career choice?
    Topic maker: Giang Hải Đăng

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion!



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    Memorizing and understanding

    (06:50:33 AM 04/04/2014)



    Learning a language is primarily about remembering lots of different words and phrases in that language. But as I pointed out in an earlier blog post, the word "learn" has more than one meaning. There's learning how a bike works, and then there is learning to ride a bike. The first kind of learning is storing ideas, and the second kind is becoming good at a process.

    So here's how the kinds of learning match up with the information I'm giving you on each phrase:

    • I give you a short phrase and a situation so that you can memorize it. Practice saying this phrase. Repeat it over and over until you can say the whole thing to yourself. Your mind will become accustomed to saying things this way. This is the second kind of learning, like riding a bike.
    • I then give you more information about the structures that pop up in the phrase. This is for the part of your brain that wants to understand how it works. Of course, you won't really understand until you've heard it used 20 times in different situations. But at least a little information can prevent you from misunderstanding how it's used.

    Both parts are important, but if I had to pick one, I'd say the memorizing aspect is more important. Why? Because that's the part that most language learners are missing. So if I had to give you advice on how to use PhraseMix to study English, I would suggest:

    • Read the situation, the phrase, and the explanation.
    • Repeat the phrase to yourself.
    • Come back and review the phrase again later that day.
    • Put the phrase into a system like Anki or BrainScape
    • Record yourself saying the phrase & listen to the recording over & over
    • Once the phrase is stuck in your head & you start thinking about it at strange times throughout the day, you're done. Congratulations, you've learned a useful, natural English phrase!

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