Week 9: Size, location and direction, body parts and your first conversation!

Welcome to Week 9 of the Kick Start Languages 10 Week Course! This blog accompanies my Week 9 YouTube video so if you haven't seen that yet check it out here:

Yet again, I want to start this blog by giving a huge shout out to everyone who has got to this stage in the course and is still persevering with their language learning. You guys really are an amazing and unusual breed of human. Top work!

So, did you have that all important first conversation last week? If so, you're an absolute legend! How did it go? I'll be talking a lot about how to build on this all important conversation in my Week 10 video and blog so my suggestion for you guys is to try and get a second conversation under you belt. If you haven't had your conversation yet, is it booked in for this week? Again, if so, that's amazing! If it isn't booked in then you're in serious danger of putting this off. Do not fall into that trap. I've ranted about this enough in my Week 8 blog so I won't rehash all the old arguments but suffice to say this is a speaking course so you need to pluck up the confidence to have that first conversation!

As I want most of your focus this week to be around preparing for your first (or second) conversation in the language you're learning and building the personalised vocab that you think you'll need in your day to day conversations, I've deliberately tried  not to overload you with too much additional conscious learning this week. The only words I want you to learn are:

On

Under

Behind

In front of

Next to

Straight on

Left

Right

Large

Small

Street

Road

Head

Heart

Hands

Feet

Pain

This set of words should allow you to speak with confidence about where things are in the physical world. This is obviously incredibly useful if you are trying to describe, or being told, where anything. Crucially, just knowing these words for direction will allow you to ask for, and understand, directions from people in the language you are learning. This is obviously going to be really important if you are find yourself lost in a place where few people speak English.

The only body parts I'm making compulsory to learn are your hands and feet (always useful to know as they tend to get injured more than other body parts!) and the ones which could be critical for you to know in an emergency situation. This is the only aspect of the course that could literally save your life if you are able to explain to somebody that can't speak English that you have bad pain in your heart. Obviously this is very dramatic and it is highly likely that you won't ever need to use that line (thankfully!) but it's still worth knowing. Far more likely is the fact that knowing how to tell somebody you have a headache will allow them to find you painkillers (if you're into that sort of thing!) or at least give you some sympathy!

As usual, you can find all the translations of these words if you are learning SpanishFrenchItalian German or Dutch by clicking on these links.

In addition to all of this conscious learning don't forget to keep plugging away with the unconscious learning through YouTube videos like the Easy Languages series and through learning songs in the language you're learning. Also, don't forget if you want to start reading in the language you are learning check out the Kindle Unlimited free 30 day trial: https://amzn.to/2W75awe (Remember it's £7.99 a month thereafter but you can cancel anytime and if you do so within the 30 days it is totally free)

Good luck this week my friends! I hope those conversations go well! See you in Week 10!

Jonny

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