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E2P25 | How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Fun and Exciting

On the 25th episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we handle the following points:

Pronunciation Point: Phrases for the New Year!

Main Topic: How to make your New Year’s resolutions fun and exciting

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Mentioned on this episode:

What is English 2.0? – Episode 10

What is English 2.0? – YouTube

Freedomain Radio Podcast – iTunes

School of Greatness Podcast – iTunes

Tim Ferriss – Blog

English 2.0 Podcast – iTunes
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The Most Effective Method to Improve Your English is…

皆さんは私にこの質問を聞いています:「英語の上達方法について何が一番いいですか?」それはとてもフェアな質問ですけど答えが科学的じゃありません。色々の教師やテキストが科学的に英語の上達メソッドを考えてたくさんの本があります。

 

しかし、「日本人は英語が出来ない」と言う考えを信じていたら(毎日生徒から聞いている)、そういう“メソッド”は間違っているんじゃないですか?
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What do Foreigners Eat in Japan?

Steph and I eat and discuss our favorite Japanese food at WATAMI.

Some of the things we eat and discuss are:

Daikon Salad – 大根サラダ

Gyoza (Pot Stickers) – 餃子

Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls(with Bean Curd Skin) – えびとアボカドの湯葉春巻

Scallops and Mushrooms in Butter – ほたてとしめじバター

Sushi: Shrimp, Tuna, Salmon, Squid, Octopus, Sea Urchin – すし:えび、まぐろ、鮭、いか、たこ、うに

Raw Horsemeat – 馬刺し

(Pork-Based) Ramen – とんこつラーメン

Bonito Flakes – かつお節

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Mission Critical!

In attempts at accelerating my own life goals and becoming more effective with my time, I have implemented some ideas from two of my favorite books.

The first is called “Mission Critical” taken from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Basically, he describes “Mission Critical” as the single most important task that you have to do that day. What task, if it is NOT completed by the end of the day, will make you feel like you wasted your day and dissatisfied?

Well, to help us define that task, we have to know one more thing…what does “important” mean?

For this answer, I turn to another book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In this book, he describes each task as having two qualities, “Important” and “Urgent.” To me, “Urgent” means a task that must be done very soon. “Important” is a task that doesn’t need to be done right away but critical for the long term.

The result?

On my whiteboard on my door, I have divided it into two Mission Critical tasks to be done each day by 11am if possible-one Urgent, and one Important. This helps my productivity rise and my speed accelerate!

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