A Lifelong Journey of Staying Hungry and Foolish 🥰 學習是給自己最棒的禮物🎁!

Last September, I started my English learning journey on Amazing Talker. Thanks to my hard-working colleague who highly recommended Melody to me, I have enjoyed my learning trajectory since then.

As a teacher myself, I’ve constantly used English in my daily life. But still, I felt it was not enough. My lack of advanced vocabulary and poor clarity of thoughts made me wonder how I could improve my spoken English when discussing challenging topics. That’s the reason why I decided to have classes with Melody.

Melody is an amazing teacher indeed. She surprises me every time by giving me various materials. The topics she has introduced such as “deep work”, “minimalism”, “deliberate practice”, and “meditation” are so interesting. By sharing lots of books with me, she has introduced me to so many awesome authors like Gary Chapman, the writer of “The Five Love Languages.” Through thinking and researching complex issues, my speaking skills and worldview have obviously improved.

To enlarge my word bank, Melody always uses dynamic words in our conversation, giving me a chance to write them down and try to utilize them purposefully. Being a professional teacher, she gives me sincere and straightforward feedback, helping me see my weaknesses and improve on them. As a keen learner herself, she also recommends different books and learning materials, like logical puzzles and Netflix shows. Melody is also a good storyteller and a wonderful listener. We share stories about our lives and exchange ideas, making our English lessons so inspiring and mind-blowing.

Sometimes I talk to my friends who have also participated in Melody’s class at some point, we all agreed that her lessons influence us a lot not only in the language-learning phase but also in character development. She cares about you as an individual, as a friend, not just as a student. That’s why I consider Melody as my life coach, one who leads me onto the right track.

The most effective class I’ve had with her was about “minimalism.” After the lesson, I even put “being a minimalist” as my yearly goal, trying to encourage myself to purchase only things that add value to life. And I did manage to achieve this goal since my husband recently told me, “You're buying fewer things now!”

“Education” is also one of the most thought-provoking topics that I’ve had with Melody. As a teacher, I always try to discover ways to teach effectively. I am very grateful that I've met Melody, a passionate teacher, one who always encourages us to be curious about the unknown. She once said, “to bring yourself up to the next level, you need to speak more, think more, express more, and read more.”

What a great example of “Staying Hungry and Foolish” she is! Always hungry to learn more, and foolish enough to love her students and give so generously. There’s no teacher like Melody. I appreciate that Melody comes into my life and becomes one of the best teachers in my lifelong learning journey.

去年下半年,因緣際會下,透過同事的分享,認識Melody老師😄。

本身作為一個老師,對於學習的熱忱從來沒少過,難得聽到同事大力讚賞一位老師,再怎麼樣我都想親身經歷,同事口中行雲流水的上課模式!

於是火速預約第一堂試聽課,沒想到一試成主顧,才半小時的試上,就讓我感受到Melody老師對學生的「認真負責」。她不只是想教你英文,她更想讓你學會「自主學習」👍。

有別於其他老師總用同一套教法套用在每個學生身上,Melody為學生量身打造個人的學習進度。雖然因為時間關係,我只能與Melody一週見一次面,但每週課後老師都提供精實的複習筆記,以及下堂課需要預習的素材,讓我日日都有功課要完成,也確實把許多耍廢的時間都拿來做功課了(深怕被老師發現我偷懶~😫)

作業內容也超級多元,讓容易感到無趣就放棄的我,每週都很期待老師給予的挑戰!諸如英文影集配音、即興一分鐘口說、邏輯思維題目挑戰、國際新聞練習、英文廣播聽力、週間寫作練習等等,每種都很有趣,我也十分享受作為學生,可以全心全意完成作業的時候🤓!

Melody老師為了訓練我的字彙量與批判性思考,常常指派爭議性議題作為討論題目,練習透過正反面論述,好好地學習如何清晰地發表意見。剛開始練習論述,真的是毫無頭緒,只覺得腦子一片空白,不知道要講些什麼😭!透過老師一步一腳印引導,每週給予不同建議與鼓勵,我漸漸能與老師辯論議題,也能更流暢地闡述自己的想法✌️。

Melody老師是位充滿正能量的人生導師!課堂中除了英語學習,時常是我們巴著老師聊天,聊個沒完,跟老師聊天不只很輕鬆,更能感受老師對我們的關懷❤️🧡💛💚💙💜!有次和老師分享週末玩耍,老師突然說出“Happiness is only real when shared!”,那天我嚇傻在螢幕前,因為Melody一秒讀心,馬上發現我的核心思維 (my lifelong core value)! 跟著老師學習超過半年,這半年中的課中,時常有關掉視訊,我的內心仍澎湃不已激動的感受。無論是在英文練習中被老師直指弱點,或是分享生活瑣事時得到老師的提點,這些溝通的練習,都讓我情緒有莫大的起伏 (I’m an introvert!😳) ,時常需要好好沈澱一下,思考一下,才能繼續下一步!

Melody老師也常常提供多餘練習的課程,讓我們參與。每次每次,我都敬佩老師充滿能量,願意給予學生好多好多。當被老師扶持一把的時候,我都會想著,要帶著這個能量,去承接今天遇到的小朋友們,讓他們可以接收這個來自他人給予的力量👏!當一位老師重新回到學生身份時,我更能理解孩子們的心理,When I put myself in other people’s shoes, I understand them better.

我想在這個疫情期間,最大的收穫莫過於遇見Melody老師,這不能出國的時節,還能與遠在加拿大🇨🇦的老師練習英文、聊國際事務、偶爾分享出國趣事,真的是最棒的禮物🎁。

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5 Comments

  • Wanting, thank you for sharing your story with us! I am so glad that you have found a teacher that you can really connect with and has been able to help you reach greater potential, not only in English, but in life. Keep on living with passion and pass on to the next generation!
    謝謝妳跟我們分享妳的故事!我很高興妳找到了一位妳能更深連結的老師,她幫助妳不單在英語,也在生活上達到更高的潛力。不要停止以熱情活出每一天,也繼續傳達給下一代吧!
  • Thank you for sharing so many things here! There are a lot of good thoughts/core values in your story that inspired me. For living, I like your topic "Staying Hungry and Foolish" most. For learning, I like "speak more, think more, express more, and read more.” I'm also interested in the Netflix shows you mentioned, I see some films recently as well. Finally, I want to say I totally agree that we are so lucky to meet Melody!
  • 寫得真好,我看得很投入!看得出來您跟Melody一樣都是很棒的師
  • Melody is really a rare and amazing teacher. I love learning from her too. We are so lucky to meet her.
    Your story is so great too and I can also learn a lot from your story.😝 I believe you are an excellent teacher too.
    我從來沒想過學習也是一種禮物,你的文章也給了我一個新的看法。😁
  • I'm so grateful that we crossed paths, Wanting!! Seeing you learning and growing continuously makes me so proud and inspired at the same time~
    I believe that you also have GIVING as one of your core values and that's why I also learn so much from you whenever we spend time together~ I receive just as much as I give, if not more!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reflect and put your thoughts into words. It is such a pleasure and honours reading your writing and being a small part of your life~
    Keep learning, keep growing, and keep giving!