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The waiters and the people of I’m gonna do

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salam alaikum everyone,
Are you someone who is waiting around for some miracle to occur before you start progressing in your Arabic?
In May 2009 whilst abroad learning Arabic I met countless students who like myself had joined the summer intensive program.
They had this energy about them. One would say, ”these next two months I’m gonna get really busy on my Arabic.
I’m gonna do this and that I’m gonna work like mad memorize the dictionary.” Unfortunately this person after 3 weeks went back home saying, ”it’s too hot now I’ll come back another time.”
In Get Fluent In Arabic I talk about stopping ourselves from saying I’m gonna do such and such. Saying I’m gonna is one of the first steps to procrastination.
There’s an old Chinese saying I mention in my book How To Be Productive And Achieve Your Dreams under my pen name Kevin Miles it goes ”talk doesn’t cook rice.”
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The Waiters 
The second category of people I met are the people who I call the waiters. They’re the people waiting around for a million things to happen and fall in place before they get on with working on their Arabic or anything else in their life.
They say things such as
I’ll wait for the weather to improve then I’ll really get busy working on……
I’ll watch this soccer match then I’ll start working on…
I’ll drop the kids off to school then I’ll reeeeeally get busy.
I’ll wait for my laptop to get fixed,
I’ll wait for my broadband to get fixed,
I’ll just relax for a bit
I’ll wait for the economy to improve.
As soon as you decide to wait for things you’ve submitted control of your life to the outside world.
Below are a few examples how people wait around for things to happen in their life.
-waiting around for the partner of their dreams.
-waiting for the phone to ring for a job interview
– waiting for money to come into your business account magically without any marketing
– waiting around for your boss to notice your good work at work
– waiting around for the perfect teacher to teach you Arabic instead of practising and building your four language skills.
We need to stop waiting for things and ask ourselves what can I do to make things happen? This question forces your mind to start thinking of practical ways to make change a reality.
Our situation in the outside world will never change til we change our inner world.
“God does not change the condition of a people til they change what is within themselves.” (Al Qur’an)
The level of your Arabic will not change til you change your inner world.
We all procrastinate from time to time but it needs to be controlled and limited.
Procrastination was a serious problem for me whilst abroad trying to learn Arabic.At the beginning of my Arabic studies I’d have an entire seven days to get my homework or exam preparation done. Somehow or another I’d find myself revising or doing the exam prep one and a half day before the deadline.
How To Stop Procrastinating Doing Your Arabic Homework
It was only until I’d do my homework immediately after class was finished that it would get done.Whilst all the students had left the class I’d sit in the class get the homework done then go home. Or if I went home I’d have a shower sit and do the homework before eating.
By the way if you have any children this is also the best way to get them to do their homework before they relax and watch tv when they come home from school.
I think our minds are still in work mode but once we start relaxing it can be very difficult to get out of it.
Once when I came home my wife gave me a long list of tasks that needed doing immediately
”I’m gonna do it later in the evening I’m tired now.” I said Uh oh big mistake!
Two minutes later my friend called me,
salam bro wana go for a game of football It starts in ten minutes?
In ten minutes?!
I’ll be there in five.
The tasks didn’t get done.
The next day I had my own personal tasks to do but now I had the tasks from yesterday to complete.
Seeing me stressed out my wife said,
”When we procrastinate and leave things for tomorrow we are only giving ourselves more to do and more stress. That’s what leaving things to the last minute is about.”
Boy from those words did I learn my lesson or what.
If you ever catch yourself thinking or saying I’m gonna do, or I’m gonna wait, or I’m waiting for… that’s when you know you’re procrastinating. And procrastination only leads to regret.
thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this blog
for more to improve your productivity feel free to check out How To Be Productive & Achieve Your Dreams
Wasalam
Shajahan Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic
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Reducing Laziness

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Assalam alaikum,

today we’ll talk about how to reduce laziness. It’s something that may affect a lot of us. Feel free to post your own ideas in the comments section below.

Types of laziness

1.Physical

2.Mental

From my experience there are two types of laziness physical laziness weakens the body. Mental laziness weakens your mind.

Ways to reduce laziness

Move

I noticed the less active I became physically the more physically lazy I became. So a good remedy is to move around and be as physically active as you can be. Movement causes creates heat which causes our bodies to release energy. If you find yourself lazy move around run up stairs fast and you’ll feel energized. The less you move the less energetic you’ll feel.Movement reduces laziness lack of movement increases laziness.

2.Comfy bed

If you can’t get out of bed in the morning perhaps your bed is too comfy. If you find it hard to wake up in the morning leave your curtains open so the light will wake you up. Remain lying down and kick your legs in the air as if you are cycling. The fast intense short exercise will create and release energy into your body.The worse thing you can do is lie in the morning til one PM with your phone. Technology is definitely a factor for increasing laziness as people lie on their beds, couches on their I pads, phones and watching tv.

3.Eat less if you eat too much you’ll feel sleepy and laziness will kick in.

4.Desk job I remember when I started working in a bike shop having worked at local government roles. My level of activity and energy went up. The job involved lifting bikes fixing bikes, taking new, old, repaired bikes up and down a two flights of stairs. In one day I was lifting up to thirty bikes a day. And running up and down the store flight of stairs. When I travelled to China to teach. My lessons involved playing physical games with the students. It became obvious to me how dangerous having a job at a desk was to my health.

5.Walk more

Our world is dominated by sitting. Sitting at work, in a car, public transport, sitting in school. Even when entertaining ourselves we might be sitting watching TV, at the cinema, video games, using our phones, I know how comfy the car is but why not walk or cycle to your destinations more instead of sitting on a car seat.

6.Sleep

After midday take a midday nap up to an hour. In Arabic this is called qayloolah. It will energize you. I was actually surprised to find that the Chinese have this concept in their country. Many shops businesses close from 12:30PM to reopen at 3:00.

7.Fast

This is an excellent way to increase your energy levels. Contrary to what a lot of people might think you should actually feel a lot of energy whilst you’re fasting.

8.Get a job that requires movement

When I was teaching young children English and Arabic in China I’d come back from the lesson sweating buckets.

9.Play brain games to keep your mind sharp such as connect four, draughts,

10.Don’t see yourself as lazy coz then you’ll just fulfill that prophecy.

Thank you for reading this

Feel free to add any other ideas you can think of 🙂

Thank you

(Author of Get Fluent In Arabic)

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How Do I Avoid Forgetting My Arabic?

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Before coming back to the UK there was one thought on my mind that would constantly worry me.

Once I get back home will I forget my Arabic?

Some of my teachers would relate ‘‘horror stories’’ of students who went away for six months. When they came back to Egypt to study with the fajr center their level of Arabic had become so low they had to start two levels down again.

My teacher Ustas Islam told me as long as you remember the style of the language you’ll be fine.

If you’re worried about forgetting your Arabic or becoming rusty follow the plan below.

I followed this simple plan which not only helped me maintain my Arabic all these years but also enhance it.

Listening – Daily watch the news daily 30 minutes If you want to understand religious lectures the good news is you don’t need to have a high level of Arabic. The speaker speaks slow but I wanted to understand the news that way I knew my listening skills were good.

Speak online for at least 30 minutes with a native using italki or language exchange. Nowadays of course you can do this using your phone as opposed to daily logging into your laptop.

Read Arabic news stories such as Al arabiya, or BBC Arabic.

Write I use this at work, at home when I write private stuff that I don’t want people to understand. Writing is probably the easiest skill to not forget. Whilst listening and speaking are usually the two skills most people become rusty in very quickly.

As long as you practice the four language skills weekly then you’ll be fine. The reason why people forget the language is because they spend too much time away without practising the language skills.

But what if I forget about grammar? If you’ve read Get Fluent In Arabic you would have read that grammar is a knowledge not a skill. A skill such as the four language skills takes hours to master. Knowledge such as grammar can be learned simply by reading about it.

But applying the grammar to your writing and speaking is a skill as it’s practical. Memorizing the technical grammatical, terms and theory can be done in a matter of minutes. I remember for my exams I’d spend up to a maximum of thirty minutes to revise all the grammar I had ever learned. The bad news is you can’t do that with the language skills. Once forgotten it will take you some time to rebuild those skills again.

If you can’t practice all four language skills each for thirty minutes daily. Then practice three if you can’t find the time to do that then two if not that then one. The problem is a lot of people don’t even practice one skill a day and as time passes their Arabic starts getting weaker.

There are 7 days in a week so I’m sure we can all fit in a total of at least two hours a week 30 minutes per skill.

thank you once more for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my blog really appreciate it. 🙂

Thank you 🙂

Shajahan Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic

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Are you a tomorrow person?

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In May 2009 abroad learning Arabic I met countless students who like myself had joined the summer intensive program.
They had this energy about them. One would say these next two months I’m gonna get really busy on my Arabic.
I’m gonna do this and that I’m gonna work like mad memorize the dictionary. Unfortunately this person after 3 weeks went back home saying it’s too hot now I’ll come back another time.
In Get Fluent In Arabic I talk about stopping ourselves from saying I’m gonna do such and such. Saying I’m gonna is one of the first steps to procrastination.
There’s an old Chinese saying I mention in my book how to be productive and achieve your dreams under my pen name Kevin Miles it goes talk doesn’t cook rice.
The second category of people I met are the people who I call the waiters. They’re the people waiting around for a million things to happen and fall in place before they get on with working on their Arabic or anything else in their life.
They say things such as
I’ll wait for the weather to improve then I’ll start working on…
I’ll watch this soccer match then I’ll start working on…
I’ll drop the kids off to school then I’ll really start working hard.
I’ll wait for my laptop to get fixed,
I’ll wait for my broadband to get fixed,
I’ll just relax for a bit
I’ll wait for the economy or the political situation to improve.
We need to stop waiting for things and just get on with doing things.
Our situation in the outside world will never change til we change our inner world.
“God does not change the condition of a people til they change what is within themselves.” (Al Qur’an)
The condition of your Arabic will not change til you change your inner world.
We all procrastinate from time to time but it needs to be controlled and limited.
When we procrastinate and leave things for tomorrow we are only giving ourselves more to do and more stress. That’s what leaving things to the last minute is about.
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High Scores Low Skills

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Salam alaikum everyone,

I’m not against exams. I think they’re crucial as the pressure to pass kept me working on my Arabic.

The problem occurs when we let our grades  tell us how well we are progressing. Once whilst I was leaving to go home from my lessons I was walking by one of my teacher’s classes. He motioned to me to come in. I told him لا أستطيع هناك مهمة خاصة أريد أن أنفذها la astateea hunaka muhima khasah uridu an unnafizaha (i can’t there’s an important task i want to do.

He would not take no as an answer.

I entered the class and stood near the entrance.

The teacher winked at me and said أريد أن أريك شىء uridu an urika shayan I wana show you something.

Inside were two students who were extremely happy. It was obvious why. They had both scored 90% in their exams. They were on level thirteen of the fourteen level course. I was excited. I was on level four and thought these guys must be pros. Until one of them spoke. تكلم مترددا takalama mutaraddidun

He spoke stuttering. The teacher played the Bayna yadaik CD for the lessons they had studied from level seven. The other spoke stuttering ‘‘this is too fast ustas.’’

I quickly understood the lesson the teacher was trying to convey to me. A lot of students get high marks in the exams but the exams don’t really test a student’s listening or speaking skills. The two students would finish the course but unfortunately their listening and speaking skills would be underdeveloped. Guys, don’t make this mistake.

On page 60, 79, 98, and 103 of Get Fluent In Arabic under the title know the signs of progress I give students a system of knowing how well they are doing developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Feel free to check it out here

Thank you for reading this blog 🙂

wasalam alaikum

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