Procrastination

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday we had a lot of stuff to do – “stuff” meaning things.

We watched this video about a guy who had stuff to do, but, avoided doing most of it!

We noted some of things this guy did and then discussed the notion of procrastination. We had lots of ways to describe procrastination, but, agreed that it is simply avoiding doing something. We all procrastinate by checking emails, watching tv, checking facebook, instagram, twitter….

We took a look at this image which is from a video “Procrastination” and identified the activities .Image result for procrastination by johnny kelly

Then we watched the video and listened to the over 30 things that can be done to procrastinate.

Take another look at the video here and see if you do some of these things when you procrastinate.

Well from reading a book to taking a nap to doodling to watering a plant, we all found something we do too! We talked about the end of the video where they talk about “not being able to decide what way to do something;     over complicating things for your self;      being afraid to finish something;       not knowing when to finish something;     not knowing how to finish something”. 

Procrastination can be a good thing because it allows us to de-stress from a situation or project. It also allows us to relax and refresh if we are facing something difficult.

So, then we took a few minutes and came up with some tips we would offer someone to try to beat procrastination. Some of you suggested making lists ; prioritizing ; keep it simple; and working with a partner.

Lastly, we talked about resolutions we usually make on New Year’s and if we really keep them or not, or just procrastinate getting them done!! We agreed that by March or April we’ve usually forgotten all about our New Year’s resolutions! Oh well!Image result for new years resolutions

Happy New Year’s Everyone.  Thanks For A Great 2016.

If you are going to be in Boston for New Year’s Eve check out  Boston’s First Night Celebration Schedule  and have fun!

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Serendipity

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our Tuesday afternoon classes! Today we began with a discussion of fate and destiny. These two words are often used  interchangeably in casual conversation. According to Merriam-Webster’s Learners Dictionary:

fate (noun) :1 [noncount] : a power that is believed to control what happens in the future           :2 [count] : the things that will happen to a person or thing : the future that    someone or something will have

destiny (noun) : 1 [count] : what happens in the future : the things that someone or something will experience in the future                                                                                                                            :2 [noncount] : a power that is believed to control what happens in the futureImage result for fate and destiny

Well, we brainstormed our ideas on fate and destiny and had a lively debate on what fate and destiny are and what are the differences and similarities. We also realized how difficult and complex fate and destiny really are. To help us out some more with this topic, we looked at the following quotes about fate and destiny and their meanings and if we agreed or not. Take a look at the quotes again here.

Next we watched this clip from the movie Serendipity, a romantic comedy that is all about fate and destiny and love.

 In this movie clip we see Sara and Jonathan who meet by fate and later discover they are attracted to each other by destiny. Sara and Jonathan go to an ice cream shop called Serendipity and decide that this word means fortunate accidents , lucky discoveries.  So, now we need to figure out what does serendipity mean?? According to Merriam-Webster’s Learners Dictionary 

serendipity (noun) :  luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for

The word serendipity was introduced by Horace Walpole in 1754 after he wrote a fairy tale called “The Three Prince of Serendip”. “Serendip” was the former name of Sri Lanka and in the story the characters make discoveries of things they are not looking for. Hence, the word serendipity was born! Image result for three princes of serendip

We talked about where we find serendipitous events in our lives – relationships, meeting friends, finding jobs, travelling to places, shopping, cooking, browsing in the library, and lots more. But, technology has changed serendipity, some of the changes are good and some are not. Take another look at Lenny Rachitsky”s talk on “Losing Serendipity” .

Lenny defines serendipity as “the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something unrelated”. So, are we losing serendipity?

 I guess we can summarize that fate is chance; destiny is choice; and serendipity is destiny with a sense of humor!Image result for serendipity

                                        Thanks for participating today, hope you find some serendipity!                                                            See you next week.

 

Colors

Welcome Everyone,

This is the first post to our Tuesday afternoon ESL conversation group blog! We will be meeting every Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 at the Boston Public Library, Copley branch.

Today’s conversation was about the use and meaning of colors in our lives and across our cultures.We brainstormed all the colors we could think of and then talked about what our favorite colors are and why we like the color.Image result for colors

Colors are all around us, and so we each selected a color and listed all the objects we could think of that go with that color : red tomato ; yellow banana; blue sky; pink lipstick; green grass; purple orchid; black coffee; orange juice, and lots more. Then we watched this film “Colors” which showed us more of these type objects .

We talked about the meanings of certain colors and how they may mean different things in different cultures.  Here is a chart of some colors and their meanings: Related image

Take a look at this video about some more colors – this shows both positive and negative characteristics related to each color.

Lastly, we looked at some common idioms using colors, go back and look through these slides again colorful idioms. Here is the quick review and practice we did on these idioms color idioms practice.

So, colors communicate to us visually and emotionally, in our daily lives. We watched John Legend sing “True Colors” . Let’s “show our true colors because they are beautiful like a rainbow”. 

Thanks for your ideas ,thoughts, and contribution this afternoon!

See you next week.