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Dos and Don’ts at Bee’s Knees

CO SE NEŘÍKÁ / NEDĚLÁ

  • “To jsem vůbec nečetla.” / “To jsem si ani netiskl.” –> WHY OH WHY?
  • “Já nevím ani česky co říct.” –> YES YOU DO. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
  • “My už jsme všechno řekly/řekli.” –> NO YOU DIDN’T. (SEE ABOVE)
  • “Tak tomuhle článku jsem vůbec nerozuměla.” –> WHY DIDN’T YOU ASK?
  • “Kdo chceš být? – Mně je to jedno. – Mně taky. – [minutové ticho]” –> OK, I CAN SEE WHY THAT HAPPENS, JUST KEEP IT SHORT.
  • Moment, jak to tam přesně bylo… [dlouhé přehrabování v papírech, následné studium relevantního listu ve snaze dopátrat se toho jestli dotyčná postava někde byla šest nebo sedm hodin] –> WHO THE #@$* CARES?
  • [jakékoli dlouhé tiché prohrabování desítkami papírů na úkor mluvení]

JAK SE NEPTÁ
What is the reason…? = co se vám nelíbí na “WHY…?”
So what happened? [ruce za hlavu, nohy za stůl – a vykládej, kolego]
namísto toho se průběžně pokoušejte o tyto typy otázek:

[VERY LONG QUESTIONS] What did you suggest that she should do after she found out that her husband had left the country without telling anyone? / Why did it matter that she was a freshman as long as she played well?

[VERY SHORT QUESTIONS] (He knew he should apologize) And did he? (She is sure that I would leave.) Would you? (Peter wants to be rich.) Who doesn’t? (Don’t worry, this plan is foolproof.) Is it really? (You are smarter than all of them.) Am I?

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LEARN OUT LOUD: LEARNING ENGLISH THROUGH SILENT READING IS LIKE TRAINING FOR A MARATHON BY WATCHING ONE ON TV.

IF YOU’VE COME TO CLASS UNPREPARED, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE BOTHERED COMING AT ALL. NOT ONLY ARE YOU PROBABLY WASTING YOUR TIME, YOU’RE HOLDING BACK YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS AS WELL. (THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS READ THE STORIES.)

ASK ABOUT THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE SENSE TO YOU. THERE MIGHT BE A CRUCIAL CONNECTION YOU’RE MISSING, OR YOU MAY BE LEARNING FROM INCORRECT NOTES. (THE SMART MONEY’S ON MANGLED NOTES.)

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE HIM DRINK. THE WATER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU BUT YOU’RE THE ONE WHO HAS TO DO THE DRINKING.

ENJOY TALKING. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. KEEP IT 50:50. BE NATURAL – YOU ARE THE CHARACTER. (DON’T PANIC RIGHT OFF THE BAT: THE FIRST COUPLE MINUTES TALKING IS JUST A WARM-UP PHASE. IT’S LATER, WHEN YOU START IMPROVIZING, THAT YOUR ENGLISH IS PUT TO THE REAL TEST.)

DON’T DUMB DOWN. TRY TO SAY EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY. IF YOU OVERSIMPLIFY A THOUGHT, GO AHEAD AND REPHRASE IT TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING OR PRECISE.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF: USE YOUR BEST ENGLISH. USE THINGS YOU’VE LEARNED PURPOSELY. IF YOU REALIZE YOU’RE USING THE SAME ENGLISH YOU DID A YEAR AGO, IT’S BEEN A WASTED YEAR.

WHEN TALKING, DON’T SHOOT FROM THE HIP, GRAMATICALLY SPEAKING. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEFEND AND EXPLAIN EVERYTHING YOU SAY.

QUICK EXCHANGES: WHEN TALKING IN PAIRS, DON’T HESITATE TO FINISH EACH OTHER’S THOUGHTS. AFTER ALL, THAT’S HOW NATURAL CONVERSATION WORKS. DON’T JUST SIT BACK AND LISTEN–INTERACT, CHIME IN.

QUESTIONS COME IN MANY SHAPES: GUESSES, COMMENTS, SUGGESTIONS, REMARKS, OR EXPRESSIONS OF SURPRISE OR SYMPATHY.

DO THE FREEZE FRAME: DON’T RUSH IT, WALLOW IN THE SITUATION. LOOK AT ALL THE ANGLES. ANALYZE WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED AND DIDN’T. POINT OUT WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AND WHY IT DIDN’T GET DONE (OR WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW AND WHETHER IT WILL). GUESS HOW THE CHARACTERS MUST FEEL.