IWTYAL 115: My teacher wants me to slow down

Yuki asks: “My high school English teacher wants me to speak more slowly. What should I do?”

In this episode:

  • There is often a conflict between the way languages are taught in schools and the way you want to learn them yourself
  • When it comes to exams, you need to do whatever it takes to get good grades
  • Beyond that, focus on the long-term

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  • Israel Lai

    Olly you should totally share your Cantonese word list! 🙂

  • dandiprat

    Remember Yuki, that one of the most important principles of communication is modifying one’s language to suit one’s audience. If people can’t understand you you should slow down to help them understand. By the way, you English is awesome. I wish my language skills had been that good at your age. I don’t think you need to worry about anything.

    • Great point!

      • João Gustavo Cerceau Lourenço

        Come to Brazil, we are next to olympic games!!

  • Yuki

    Thank you very much for your advice!!
    I found it important to obey my teacher in my school English class .I try to check my accent or pronunciation while I’m speaking slowly.
    By the way,I have other two thi to ask you.
    First,I can’t join my speaking lessons in August because there is no class at that time.What I want you ask is”How should I maintain my speaking skill when I can’t take the lessons?”
    Second,I started to learn Spanish by myself recently,so I would like you to recommend me”very basic Spanish language Podcast.”
    Write you soon!

    • Hi Yuki,

      In August, you could try joining the community section in iTalki and finding speaking partners! You can help them with Japanese, and they can help you with English.

      As for Spanish, you could try this one:

      • Yuki

        Got it!!
        I’ll tell you my score soon??

        • Please do! I’m waiting! 🙂

          • Yuki

            Sorry to reply to you late,Olly.
            I received my grades last week and it was good luckily!!
            And I have another question.I’m thinking about joining the Tokyo Olympics as a volunteer,so I’d like to try to learn another language after I enter the university.But I’m not sure what kind of language I should learn.Actually,I can speak very very basic Spanish,but I’d like to try another language,like French.
            Give me your advice.お願いします。

          • Yuki, congratulations! Learning a language takes a long time. I advise you to think about which language will have long-term benefits for you in your life.

  • Mariana Botelho

    Hey Olly!!
    First of all, I love your podcast. It’s really fantastic in all aspects.
    So, I’d recomend you come to Brazil, but since you’ve already been here, I’m going to recomend Croatia. I’ve been there while I was living in the UK and was one of my favourite experiences ever!
    The country is incredibly beautiful, the food is delicious and the people are fantastic. I’d specialy recomend the Plitvice Lakes, Krka National Park and the island of Hvar.
    Also, croatian is a beautiful language and the Kuna (their currency) used to be something close to 10 Kuna = 1 Pound, so I was able to eat on a 4 star restaurant with 20 pounds.
    It’s hard to describe it with words. You just have to go there and see everything.
    Thank you, and keep up the fantastic work!!
    PS: If you like Game of Thrones, some scenes were recorded there.

    • Hi Mariana, awesome! I’ll definitely check it out!

  • Tadeusz Mollin

    Come to Gdańsk, Poland in August, Olly. It’s a great and cheap place, and you want to touch upon Polish, right. I’ll show you around. The beers are the best and cheapest in the world. Saw you in Berlin, and we will meet in Greece, too, I’m sure.

    • Thanks for the invitation! Sounds like fun!

      • Tadeusz Mollin

        You are a big star of mine and a major inspiration. But I hate your obsession of business. I really think you nead to calm down and have a few more (Polish) beers. Does that make any sens to you?

        • I prefer Czech beer, I think… 🙂

          • Tadeusz Mollin

            That’s a common belief, but very few foreigners know anything about Polish beers or even Poland itself. Have fun wherever you go.

          • I’m definitely one of those people who knows little about Poland. Although living in London I do meet a lot of Poles, and everyone I meet is really lovely. Haven’t tried the beer though… I’ll ask in my local shop!

  • Mel Vargas

    Hi Olly. Ever thought about visiting the Philippines? Philippine beaches are amazing and great for some serious relaxing.