Learn English With Your Eyes Closed!

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2022-04-05・ 3049

Learn English with Bob the Canadian channel


Learning English by watching videos is a great idea. In fact, watching a video a second time can really help you remember what is being taught. Did you know that listening to a video (yes listening!) to a video for a third time can really help strengthen your ability to learn English? In this English lesson I'll talk about all of the visual cues you will see when watching a video, and I'll talk a bit about how you can really challenge yourself when learning English by simply listening to a video with your eye closed, or while doing something else. This technique will really help you to understand English speakers when you can't quite see their mouths, or when they are using facial expressions or body language to emphasize what they are saying. I hope you enjoy this English lesson and I hope you take some time to listen to it with your eyes closed! In fact here is a challenge for you. Watch the video twice today, and then listen to it tomorrow! Have a great day! -- βŒ› Remember: Always watch the English lesson multiple times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with your eyes closed! This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video was edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

Instruction

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Using videos to learn English is a great idea.
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And obviously you already know this,
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because you're watching this video here on YouTube.
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And I often tell my students watching a video once
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is a good idea to learn some English.
00:11
Watching the same video a second time
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is a great idea as well,
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but actually taking the time to listen to the video.
00:18
Yes. Listen to the video.
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To close your eyes and listen,
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or to simply look away and play the video,
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and just listen to it, is also a really, really good idea.
00:27
And in this English lesson I will explain why
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I think it's such a good idea.
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One of the reasons why I think it's a good idea
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to listen to a video after having watched it
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once or twice, is because people in videos tend to talk more
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with their hands.
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I don't know if you've watched any of my videos,
00:50
but you probably have noticed
00:51
that I talk with my hands a lot.
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It's hard for me to keep my hands down here,
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because I just want to use them when I'm talking.
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When people talk with their hands,
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it gives little hints about what they're talking about.
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It helps you to subconsciously understand
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what they are saying.
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So when you watch the video,
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and if I say something like you,
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or I say something like me,
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it's very easy for you to hear the word,
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and to see my actions, and to connect the meaning together
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in your mind.
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But if you take some time after having watched a video
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to listen to it, you don't get to see
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all of the hand motions.
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So you have to work a little harder to understand
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what's being said.
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And I think that's just a really good thing to do
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to reinforce what you've learned when you watch the video,
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by taking some time to listen to it.
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Another thing you probably do
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when you watch an English lesson,
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is you probably watch the speaker's lips and mouth.
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You probably do this without even thinking.
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What you're doing is trying to connect the shape
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of their mouth, and how they're moving their lips,
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with the sounds that you are hearing.
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And all this helps you understand what they're saying
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just a little bit better.
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It's probably a great idea to do this the first or second
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time you watch an English lesson.
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Do watch the person's mouth to see how they're shaping
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their mouth when they make certain sounds,
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and do watch their lips.
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But it's probably very worthwhile to just for a third time,
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listen, close your eyes, and listen to an English lesson,
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without having those visual cues.
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This will certainly be a good thing to do.
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It will help you just understand purely what you're hearing
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instead of using all of the little hints
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that the mouth and lips are giving you.
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So give that a try as well.
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The other thing you might have noticed
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when watching an English lesson,
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is that the person will also communicate
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with facial expressions and body language.
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Facial expressions are things like this,
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if I was talking about something happy I would smile, a lot,
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while I was talking about it.
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If I was talking about something sad,
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I would probably have a sad face,
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while I was talking about it.
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Facial expressions help communicate
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what the person is talking about.
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They might also do different types of poses,
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or they might shrug, or they'll do things with their body
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that also help to communicate what they're saying
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with their words.
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So facial expressions and body language are two things
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that you also see the first or second time
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you watch an English lesson.
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So I do think it's a good idea to listen to that lesson
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after you've watched it once or twice,
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to remove again those visual cues.
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To kind of test your brain in a pure way
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to see if you've actually heard and understood
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the words the person was using.
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A lot of times when kids are learning to ride a bike
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they'll use training wheels.
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Training wheels are small wheels that you attach
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to a bike so that the kid doesn't fall over
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when they're learning to ride it.
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I think English subtitles on English lessons
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are kind of like training wheels.
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And just like training wheels,
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they are useful in the beginning,
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but eventually you should turn them off.
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And as you know, most kids eventually
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take their training wheels off,
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because you don't see a lot of adults riding bikes
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with training wheels on them.
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But there always remains a temptation with subtitles.
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Sometimes it's just really easy to turn them on,
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so that you don't have to work too hard to understand
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what the person's saying.
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So here's what I recommend,
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watch the video once with the subtitles on.
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Watch the video a second time with the subtitles off.
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And then, because this is about listening,
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take some time to listen to the lesson
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when you're not close to your computer,
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when you can't see the subtitles, even if they are on,
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because this will just force you to, once again,
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hear the words and try to understand them
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without any kind of assistance.
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You'll notice when you watch my English lessons
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that there's often things that appear on the screen
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to help you understand what I'm talking about.
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It might be a picture.
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It might be a word with a definition.
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But I always try to make sure that there are visual cues,
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that there are things you can reference,
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to help you understand what I'm talking about.
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And these are great things to have, the first or second time
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that you watch the video.
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They just help to reinforce what I'm talking about
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and they help to connect what you're hearing
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with something that you can see visually.
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But once again, probably a good idea to take some time
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to just listen to the lesson after you've watched it
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once or twice, so that you can try to figure out
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what I'm saying, without all of the nice visual cues.
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It's just a good thing to do because after all, in life,
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when you go to have an English conversation with someone,
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there aren't words, and phrases, and meanings,
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popping up over their shoulder as you talk to them.
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Now you might be wondering why would I want to watch a video
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twice and then listen to it?
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What's the point?
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That sounds boring.
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And I agree with you,
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it actually does sound a little bit boring,
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but what I do know, as a teacher,
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is that it is a very effective way
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to reinforce what you've learned,
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and to remember what you've learned.
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When you watch an English lesson once,
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and then watch it again,
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and then take some time to listen to it,
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that repetition, the fact that you've watched it twice,
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and listened to it once, will really help you remember
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what was taught in the lesson.
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So give it a try, as promised,
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it's not going to be exciting.
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It is a little bit boring, but it's extremely effective.
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Well the thank you so much for watching this English lesson.
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Which, by the way, I do every Friday.
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And if you're wondering what to do next,
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and you have some time, why don't you stick around
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and watch another English lesson.
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