4 questions you should never ask you language teacher once you’ve paid them
Question #1: Which is the best movie for learning English?
There are a few variations of this question:
Which movie do you recommend?
Which TV show do you recommend, which podcast, youtube channel do you recommend for practicing my listening?
There is no such thing as the best movie for learning English,
Every movie is good for learning English. The most important thing is to enjoy the movie.
The very fact you are asking this question means that you are not into movies, and that’s okay. You don’t have to watch movies, but you still need to listen to native speech.
The audio content on the internet is virtually limitless: news, audio books, podcasts, YouTube channels, you name it
Pick something you like or you need for your school or job and listen to it daily.
A better question would be: What shouldn’t I listen to? that you can ask me, things to avoid, and my answer is: bilingual CDs, bilingual educational programs, avoid those like the plague
Another question you might ask me is how to use movies to learn English, that I can answer, just don’t ask me which is the best movie.
Question #2: What kind of books and texts should I read to improve my English?
The very fact you are asking this question means you haven’t realized that English is not just for communication, English is the language of science, English is for acquiring good quality information, information about your health, business, hobby and so on and so forth. Don’t ask me what you should read.
A better question would be: what shouldn’t I read, that I can answer
Don’t read boring textbooks, TOEFL or TOEIC prep textbooks, don’t read bilingual texts that translate everything, avoid those like the plague.
Don’t ask me what to read, ask me how to read, that I can answer.
Question #3: What does ... mean?
Don’t ask me that, I am not a dictionary, I am too expensive for you to be using me as a human dictionary. But more importantly, me spoon-feeding you words is of almost no benefit to you, 10 minutes later the word is gone.
You learn by looking the word up yourself.
You have Google and online forums, but most importantly: you have dictionaries, free online dictionaries, monolingual learner’s dictionaries
And on that note
Question #4: How to pronounce this word?
Don’s ask me that, you have dictionaries for that, you have the Phonetic Alphabet, you have free audio recordings of both British and American pronunciations of every single word.
A much better question is: how to use those free monolingual learner’s dictionaries.
That I can answer
The answer to that question and every OTHER question you might have about how to learn English, you can find in my book Virtually Native