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  • Hello, I'm Ray!

  • Today I'll be sharing the story of how I learned English~

  • This is Ray’s English Corner, for those of you who don’t know

  • this is like my vlog-style videos

  • where I talk about things in my life in English

  • Today I’m going to walk you through the stories of how I learned English

  • Right now my whole career is built around English

  • My YouTube channel, my social media websites

  • my speeches all around Taiwan, it’s basically all about English

  • Of course I still have room for improvement

  • I do not think that I have perfected English

  • sometimes even I still make mistakes in my videos, sorry about that

  • But I’d say I’m in pretty good shape

  • I've passed the advanced level in GEPT

  • and I’ve aced the TOEIC examinations in all fields

  • but more importantly I’m passionate about sharing the language

  • and I’m constantly learning new things about the language

  • So, the big question is, how did I learn English?

  • How did Ray Du English learn English?

  • The short answer: just like the rest of you

  • I studied hard, I memorized my vocab, I prepared for my exams

  • But let’s get into the details

  • When I was in second grade I was sent to Singapore with my sister

  • to move in with my aunt’s family and to learn English

  • When I first got there

  • my English level is exactly what you’d expect from an eight-year-old

  • Practically zero

  • I can spell the word apple I guess, but maybe with like just one p

  • I explicitly remember that I failed

  • my primary school entrance examination

  • and there was this one question where it asked me

  • to pick out the piano from four musical instruments

  • There was of course, the piano, a violin, a drum, and a trumpet

  • Yeah, I picked the trumpet

  • So I had to cram for it

  • I was nowhere as capable as needed be in order to enter a school

  • where every single subject is taught in English

  • First I went to a language school that was

  • all the way across the other side of the island, it was really far away

  • And, that didn’t work out, so after that my aunt got me a private tutor

  • and that didn’t work out

  • And then I got another tutor, which didn’t work out

  • and I got another one and so on and so forth

  • At this point, I was honestly just sick of everything

  • I mean, why did I have to leave all my friends in Taiwan

  • and come to this place to learn this impossible language?

  • It just wasn’t working out for me

  • But then, I got assigned this new tutor

  • What she did with me was a little different

  • Uh, no, she didn’t molest me

  • Before throwing me heaps of assignment

  • she first asked me a very interesting question

  • What’s something that you want to do but can’t do because of English?"

  • I thought about this question for a bit, like really really deeply

  • And then, I came up with my answer:

  • “I can’t buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards.”

  • Serious answer

  • But she didn’t laugh at me

  • what she did next was she taught me the phrase

  • "I want to buy a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards"

  • and after I’ve gotten it, she gave me 2 Singaporean dollars

  • and told me to go buy a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards

  • Guess what, I used fluent English and

  • bought a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards from a Malaysian shop keeper that day

  • So that was really the eye-opening experience for me

  • to see that English is not just a subject that I had to cram for

  • but a language that I can use to communicate with people

  • And more importantly buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards

  • Now after thisenlightenment

  • I was more willing to put my effort into learning

  • Now, don’t get me wrong English was still hard

  • I still had tons of homework and tests

  • But, I had a feeling that I was getting somewhere

  • I had a purpose

  • Of course, I could tell you how many words were on my weekly vocab list

  • I could tell you all about the essays that I memorized

  • the newspaper articles that I recited, the grammar textbooks that I used

  • But that’s not really the point

  • The point is, instead of asking how you should learn English

  • it’s better to start off with asking

  • why youre learning English in the first place

  • Starting with why gives you a sense of purpose

  • Are you learning just to pass an exam?

  • Are you learning to meet your parentsexpectations?

  • Or are you really learning for yourself?

  • It’s a pity how English is just seen by most people

  • as a subject that you have to study

  • It’s more of a language that allows you to

  • see a bigger world and connect with more people

  • I love this quote by Natalie Portman, an actress, she said

  • “I hate studying but I like learning. Learning is beautiful.”

  • So are you studying English? Or are you learning English?

  • There’s actually a difference

  • So that’s basically how I learned English so well

  • I started at a young age and I had the advantage

  • of being in an English environment, but above all

  • it’s because I like learning English and I put a lot of effort into it

  • I didn’t stop learning and I don’t plan on stopping

  • So at the end of the day

  • what should you do if you wanna learn English?

  • My advice to you:

  • subscribe to my YouTube channel

  • and learn English every week with me

  • Yup, I’m shameless

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  • We have new videos up every Monday and Thursday at 9!

  • Announcement here, there won’t be a video this Thursday

  • Normally Crown would host the Thursday vid, but she’s feeling very sick

  • She has gastroenteritis, sore throat, bronchitis, running nose...etc.

  • So, this Thursday, she can’t really talk, so...

  • Did anyone notice, that although Ray is really funny in today’s video

  • but, you weren’t able to hear Crown laughing, yep, that’s cuz she’s sick

  • So, no new vid on Thursday, giving you a head’s up

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  • So if you wanna see them first...

  • Well, cuz there’s only 2 YouTube videos per week, you know

  • So, you can follow our FB and IG for more immediate updates on us

  • Youll be able to find us by using Ray Du English or 阿滴英文

  • And that’s a wrap, thank you guys for watching as always

  • and I’ll catch you guys next time! See ya!

  • Hello sir, I want to buy a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards.

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    Ray Du posted on 2016/09/05
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