THINK OUTSIDE the BOX to learn English faster

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Whenever I hear someone say to me to think outside the box I always imagine myself going outside and standing on my head.  It’s a great place to start. It shakes down all those ideas that were blocking the top of your head to the bottom and the ones that were stuck at the bottom can trickle up to the top.

Nice way to look at it.

But basically this title of ‘thinking outside the box’ is really all about being creative, trying something new and not being afraid to fail.

So let’s first look at what is ‘thinking inside the box’:

  • Taking a course
  • Doing your homework
  • Getting a one to one teacher

As you can see I have only written 3 and that is because ‘thinking inside the box’ is incredibly limited. … That’s why we recommend thinking outside the box.

So here is a simple way to look at it all in terms of opportunities and how we can think differently about them:  (and you have to think really creatively here).

Imagine you have three groups (places to go) with three categories (kinds of English)  in each:

At home In the city In the countryside
Watching TV Seeing a movie Going for a drive
Reading a book Going to a restaurant Enjoying a beautiful view
Talking with friends Playing a game e.g. football Having a picnic with a friend

Here are all opportunities to learn English, and if you have been reading my blog long enough you will know what you need to do with each.

Now I want you to mix these up a bit and see what comes out of it: e.g.

At home In the city In the countryside
Enjoying a beautiful view Having a picnic with a friend Reading a book
Seeing a movie Going for a drive Talking with friends
Playing a game e.g. football Watching TV Going to a restaurant

See how the activities are still the same but the location is different. Yes…I know it is going to be difficult to play football in your house, or go to a restaurant in the countryside, but this is exactly where you have to be creative….maybe you are going to play an online football game at home with a group of friends (all in English of course), or perhaps you will go for a drive with friends, follow a map and you will find a restaurant in the country, imagine the fun you will have asking for directions from the locals who only speak English…

Anyway I wanted to just give you an idea of how you shouldn’t just do the obvious, you need to try to find all kinds of unusual ways to see things.

Once you begin thinking outside the box the answers are endless…that is what’s called…being creative!

if you have others let me know.

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