The way NOT to learn: Use Uncle Google

The way NOT to learn: Use Uncle Google.

​​You’re in a lesson. A word comes up.
You don’t know what it means. What do you do?
You pull out your little device and turn to Uncle Google.
I see it a lot.
Don’t know the answer? Ask Google.
The speed with which people turn to Google for the answer is frightening. It’s almost like they don’t want to use their brains. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
If you don’t want to use your brain, it’s fine by me. But then don’t go complaining you don’t remember anything. Don’t go saying,
“I can’t think of it.”
“I don’t know.”
“I never remember anything.”
Leave your excuses at the door. You are the one who chose to use Uncle Google to think for you. Don’t be surprised when you don’t have the power to think.
I get it – I really do. I’m lazy too. My inner couch potato calls me all the time.
“Come Steven,” It tells me, “Sit, read, relax – just chill.” I’m the laziest freelancer I know. The problem is, it doesn’t get me anywhere. In case you haven’t realized it yet, it won’t get you anywhere either.
So you’ve got this choice:
• Use Google for your memory. Keep doing what you’re doing. Make it easy on yourself.
OR. . .
• Struggle to use your own brain. Before you punch those buttons, recall the place, times, people – as much as you can. See if you can fit the pieces together.
It might actually help. It’s sort of like saying, Do what you want, or do what’s good for you. One feels good right now, but doesn’t help in the long run. The other is hard now, but helps you in the long run.
You’re going to choose one. What’s it going to be?
As for learning English, it’s the same thing. You can choose easy and Google, or you can choose another way.
A daily way.
That’s right. Just a little bit every day. You start creating a habit. You start changing mind.
You start thinking in English.

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