Publié le 14 Décembre 2014

I have been hearing about conversation classes forever... or at least 30 years... and guess what ? Most of them haven't helped anyone in any way... Why ?

Because conversations lessons if they are only chatting periods do no teach anyone anything !

A proper conversation class, to be efficient, need to be organized at a certain minimum level, around a theme, with exercises and practice of the appropriate language and grammar... for lack of what they only go down the drain ! Not to mention that too often those conversations end up in the speaker's tongue... and not in the learning language !

I regularly get those conversation victims who think those conversation classes have helped them... and when I test them... they have in actual facts regressed ! And not progressed !

Our brain doesn't memorise chatter -or very little of it if any...

Our brain needs to understand and be offered things in a logical sort way that ids attractive all the while...

And if the student hasn't go a minimum conversational level so much the worse... and the waste of good time and money...

Most teachers will teach regardless of whether the students understand or not... and most students won't tell you when they don't understand... for fear of being judged or by sheer laziness... and those who are learning but did choose to learn will just agree to anything so long as the teacher doesn't bother them any further...

I always and systematically make it a point to check and test every point and progress in all of my classes, and more specifically even in conversation classes... and never start without a proper audit of the students and their needs and objectives...

Jesse CRAIGNOU - Language and Communication trainer and coach

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 14 Décembre 2014

Some people come to me convinced they are hopeless at languages...

There is no such thing as being unable to learn a language... proof is, everybody learns at least one ! And there are people in many parts of the world who learn a few to get through their everyday life and business... so why not you ?

Those people think they are fighting a losing battle whereas they are not fighting this battle before they think it's lost before they even fight... anybody can learn anything to some great extent in life... only those people were told they could and not encourage to strive on... they never met the right teacher...

I tell my students from the beginning that every time they leave my lessons they know more that when they came in... even the slowest of learners... as they will always know more on their way out than they knew on their way in... they can only win !

Furthermore, we learn all the time... new people and news machines or tools in our life... if we stop and think about it we do nothing but learn all the time !

Learning a language isn't such a big deal after all... if one only puts half their mind to it...

That said, the right teacher with the appropriate approach and tools are still a must !

Jesse CRAIGNOU - Language and Communication trainer and coach

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Publié le 23 Novembre 2014

My teenage years were sold to disco music... a genre that has nuts and bolts moving and shaking, banging and booming...

That was until I 'stumbled upon' Arvo Pärt... and his music... and ventured into new music territories that largely included silence as part of the whole works... leading me to discover the space between the words... and eventually to become a music therapist...

In my classes and workshops I regularly use music... and get asked about 'that' music I was playing...

Arvo Pärt's Fratres let me hear the music of heaven's prayer between the lines !

Having also trained as an NLP and General Semantics practitioner I soon put two and two together... and started craving for that treasure respite of silence in this hectic helper skelter world and life we're living...

People negotiating business deals too often forget than 'not only the words do the talking'... and they rattle on until they have their addressee lost in the mire of their words... silence is more than anything the punctuation of words and thoughts...

I was referring this to a writer friend the other day upon offering her a book... and she too was surprised... her African culture had not prepared her for silence and yet... African are known and renowned for their talk and speaking skills...

As a kid my mother used to say that I would end up a monk as I spent hours going round merely silent... pondering about things and issues... which has led me to think better and faster... strangely enough...

In the course of my work I always make sure I leave time to talk about silence... and highlight the benefits of not being won over by words... silence shall overcome... always...

Ask me how

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 15 Novembre 2014

One butterfly
Flew all over the garden
Making it for the spell of a flutter the Garden of Eden
Full of butterflies...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 31 Octobre 2014

A Tribute To The Departed

I was in Iran again last night… walking the streets of Tehran… doing what the Iranians do… eating Iranian food… Iranian mood Iranian fool… until the first light of dawn… until the crack of dawn…

This is happening more and more… I live my life there with my family and friends…

One day I may never come back…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 25 Octobre 2014

Alien Nation is an original series -in its own time a forerunner- which retains the originality of offering a cross-cultural look at life from both alien and earthly points of view in turns...

The plot evolves throughout a series of 22 episodes followed by a miniseries of 5 films all drawn on the original Alien nation film... the characters are rich and endearing and all make for very good -while interesting- watch and entertainment... even if most of the story revolves around criminal cases in bot earth and alien populations... developing on the settling of aliens and the development of humans through their collaboration... as much through their similarities as their differences...

It remains to date one of my pet series for all these reasons and more and I would only recommend it and advise everybody to watch it...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 22 Octobre 2014

Thirty years ago I met an older and wiser friend... who had his toilet fitted with bookshelves... this made me laugh while I liked the idea all the while...

I pondered and considered the options of fitting my own toilet with bookshelves... now that wouldn't be reasonable... but addict readers like me aren't reasonable otherwise why would they read while eating, read on public transports... read while walking the streets... often while listening to other books... often in other languages... when and where could I read more than I already did ?

In the toilet came the answer... of course ! And the next thing I knew I had my bookshelves in my toilet ! It's amazing the number of books you may read there... while not extending your time spent in there...

I wonder how many writers... how many publishers... underestimate -if they take it into account at all- their toilet readership...

Remember... next time you go... take a book with you...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 22 Octobre 2014

Most people will tell you that languages open doors and bring opportunities on any job market... and then again most people know that... whether they do or don't speak other languages...

What most people won't tell you is not speaking other languages you may lose much more than carre opportunities...

Besides the fact that all intellectual exercises and practice is sure to ward off Alzheimer's disease, there is much more to languages than this...

Speaking English will open the doors of communication globally... yet not always nor everywhere at the same time... and again let's remember that speaking English for non natives is no guarantee of good English and the English channel doesn't necessarily convey everything... a notion journalist and reporters should consider when they are sent abroad... instead of believe everything they are told by the locals... which may be a far cry from the actual facts and truth...

Languages are also culture in context.... people speaking their own language will act differently and the semaphores will tally with what they are expressing... which doesn't apply most times when speaking another languages... until the speaking has collected years of practice in both the language and culture...

To me languages are also music and poetry in motion... the words and phrases bring me other pictures of common things and places... another look on life... viewed from a different angle... a reflection on what I do and say... and how... reading literature in the original language uncovering unsuspected puns or poetry the translation doesn't convey in the other languages... the same works for songs... revealing a poetry in the lyrics that is not found in the music...

Speaking different languages has also taught me that friends and partners come with languages...

Many years ago when I arrived in France, most people told me 'Ah ! You speak Italian...' almost as though I had told them I was VD ridden... the disdainful look on their faces spoke wolves as to whoever would people want to speak Italian in the first place...

As a matter of fact speaking Italian has earned me most of my oldest friends and a few contracts where Italian or Italy were concerned and nobody else could deal with them...

A Jewish family friend of mine once told me their children would never learn German... but there are also Jews in German speaking countries... and their children might one day fall in love with one of them and need to speak German in term...

There is that French film about a French guy who is crazy about Chinese language and culture... who ends up learning Mandarin Chinese and eventually goes to live happily ever after in Communist China...

My advice here is never turn down a language opportunity.... Believe it or not but believe me I have learnt a few languages in a few countries I would not necessarily have chosen to go and live... and yet I'm happy I learnt all of them... and I had to live it all again I would...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 17 Octobre 2014

Look at them looking at me… they’re all looking… all booking… all expecting me to say something to do something… there’s no way a man who’s been sitting here… thinking for so long cannot get up and do something… at least say something… anything but something… they’re all wondering what I’m thinking…

Then imagine I got up and said something… they’d all be asking questions… questioning… trying… they’d all want to know… what I’ve been doing here all those years… what I could have been selfishly thinking about all that time… to what avail… and what are my views on this and that… no way… it’s too much to bear thinking about… bare my feelings… my thinking…

What if I had just been resting… pondering on a situation for so long… and enjoying it… in these days of stress and strife a man needs some time to think things out… and let go… no think not talk not do for a change… or keeping the pose… poised… paused… completely oblivious of the world around me…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 16 Octobre 2014

Fire in the sky I fly burning on earth as I burn in heaven… burning yearning desire for ebullient life… ebullient love… fell for the love of a mortal earthling so weak… so precious… I fare by night as I fly by night… the night fuels my flight… as the day laps my might…

One night I saw you resting in the moonlight in your skylight… that night and every night… pure delight that was to seal my fate… from that moment on I lost the wind in my wings… shot in full flight of fancy…

For you only I stood in the rain… in the baking sun… and in the freezing cold… at the expense of time in the expanse of time… in the sole hope of ever finding you… seeing you meeting you again… loving you… I bound by no faith nor law… prayed every night prayed every day… only bound to find you… bound by the love of you…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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