Short Self-talk

If I happen to go astray, a lover of khair (goodness) should help me back to the right track. Since we are here it means we are meant to undergo so many paths, looking for the straight one. And when we find it we’re still meant to be tested, because this life is a place of trails. We cannot know what will take place next so we are supposed to get reminded of death every time. It’s the only way to straighten up, getting rid of our misguided thoughts. We’re to double check our intentions if they are purely for the sake of Allah!? We need Him; He doesn’t. Keep it in mind this upcoming month has to be different, has to be our chance to better, refine ourselves from within, to be more of a soul, not mere a body. May Allah bless s with the good intention to (soul) fast, to spread the word of Allah, to forgive, to be of help to others, to bring happiness wherever we go, to please Allah…

I cry that I’ve been giving up on bettering myself…

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Digging To Know

I’ve been practicing writing randomly. Yet, I learnt that there’s no logic in my paragraphs. For one, I’ve been writing sort of fiction, solely to get used to writing.

Now I think I’m at another level. It’s critical thinking level. I realized that writing somehow taught me to criticise my potential. I started to question why. Why do I need to write? Exactly why bother writing ignorantly? I noticed my writing is out of order. I’m not organized in terms of coherence and cohesion. And that’s the one reason why most of my ideas go unnoticed; because of my poor structure and poor vocabulary. Instead of saying it simplified, I tend to structure it wrongly soulless. Having realised it, from now on, I’ll be paying attention to my reasoning. In addition, if I cannot write it is because I have nothing to say. It’s not I don’t know how to write. The how* dilemma is for the editing part.

Now I’m concentrating on the why. Knowing my why will automatically push me to do my reading. And again reading is not reading a lot of material but reading is selecting what interests my why*. It’s there. I’ll recognize it. It comes as result the art of taking notes. It’s really art as you would know it but it’s for the sake of attention. Still, taking notes is an art few know how to do it, and those few who can produce good writing. And it means I have to paraphrase, not annotate what my reading material imposes on me. This cliché « use your own words » is what works out here. Because I do it as I understand what I write, I build up my understanding of the topic so it becomes easy to produce my own writing. In fact, this progression will teach me critical thinking, and writing will teach me to practise my critical thinking. For the best way to learn critical thinking is to write. And to write, I have to know why I want to write since this why is what will push me to read critically. In the end, it’s how writers do it. They write well because they have enhanced on their criticality through actual self-recognised writing.

Creative Style

Writing style cannot be achieved by merely memorizing syntactical rules. If you want to have a style of your own, there’s one way to do it, which is to do extended reading. Reading many good writing styles, in parallel with practising writing, will markedly foster your writing style. There’s a fundamental relationship between reading and writing as well as listening and speaking do have critical relationship.
Theory of SLA says that we acquire language from the first place in the womb, and that’s noticeably observed in children first utterances and cries when they come to existence. Because of the fact that ears are first to function in human, babies start acquiring it in the womb. As they are born, they utter sounds. Knowing that listening is the first thing to occur, then it results in utterances as a way of imitation of what’s been stored. Similarly, I believe, reading and writing are interconnected. By so doing plenty of reading, writing style will automatically be perfected through practice. Moreover, I see that if second language learners want to improve their writing styles, they will have to take the fact of first language acquisition into consideration, and start practising creative writing as well. Indeed, creative writing is the way to make second language learners express themselves freely, without paying more attention to grammar. My hypothesis is that they need to write whatever they think about, using their own words. I see they have to sell themselves, making no fuss about being wrong. Factually, this way will make them think in the language to which they’ve been exposed, and so they will describe it in their compositions. They shouldn’t be worried about its rules at first, but instead should spend more time on listening to native speakers. As a result, they will acquire the notion of language judgements and acceptability. They will judge their use of it, if it is acceptable or not; well-formed or ill-formed. In brief, too much listening to native speakers will help you automatically to speak their language the same as they form it. As one becomes a good speaker, his writing will sound proficient. So all he needs is getting his style perfected through studying its syntax; going from descriptive approach to prescriptive approach.

There’s one specific solution when it comes to writing readable organized whatever kind of writing you make: Academic or non-academic. It’s building a habit of reading to understand what you read. I believe that inadequate reading results in ambiguous writing, where one cannot know what the writer is saying. Syntax says that we can come up with many surface structures out of one basic deep structure. This is actually the same with reading. Having focused on one book to read, you would come to many conclusions in different forms, stimulated by that book. Like, as you have your reading habit planted, your understanding competence is therefore accentuated. In parallel, your composition will get readability. This means you no longer write aimlessly. You now value your writing by understanding that you have to do reading and research.

 

Not Really

A meme circulating in social media among Moroccan students that says, » what can you do with a license in English studies?  »

Many users have liked the comment: « You can watch MBC2 (movies) without having to read subtitles. »

Though it is not the truth, I cannot stop myself from laughing at it. This Meme culture has become a trend, that if you aren’t into it, you will be looked at as though you are illiterate. Society has shifted from books towards memes. It happens you come across students who read memes more than books.

But the meme you can watch MBCs, I believe, is hilarious and disheartening at the same time. Hilarious, because it’s just a laughing matter. Disheartening, because it spreads falsehood and it kills the spirit of students majored in English studies.

As a student myself, major in linguistics, I can show you that students of a language have many options if only they give it thought. And I somehow dislike the meme since I see that English department students support it. I don’t consider myself in their side. My reasons are options to take into consideration before going after the meme, and say, you can only use it to watch MBCs.

Why MBCs in particular, anyways?!

Options are:

Become a blogger, a journalist, a novelist, a critic, a columnist, a storyteller, #a teacher is always there#
a translator, an interpreter, a book reviewer.

These options are of no consideration when it comes to students without a goal. Or they think having a degree in any language, English, my case, means being a teacher.

Not to mention the question of competence or performance in the language.

That’s why you read such memes.

In conclusion, when we aren’t capable to reach our goals, we spread subjectivity among others. We use memes to kill the spirit, thinking it’s just a meme. It’s not. It’s mockery.

Inner Utter

An observation or a sensation I usually come to realise as a recognition of how I should supplicate so as to get a blissful breath from Allah straight into my heart and, my heart is thus at peaceful certainty.

The other way where I make supplication soulless or as though I’m in hurry that I get a slip of tongue and, there’s no spiritual connection being made, eventually.

Supplication has its how to go through it. Running fast wouldn’t get me a slice of the cake. I would discover it’s eaten by a slower in supplication. They know how to eat Spiritually.

Spiritual connection is heart in love with Allah’s plan. Spiritual connection is trust. Love is trust. Here I’m getting reminded of when I did it fully recognisable of the words. It felt powerfully trustfulness. I use big words because the feeling’s been undergone bigger.

Connectedness is a must so it’s recognisably attainable, my Spirituality.

Me the Teacher

This first moment of the session I’m going to stress out a something, that is, I want you to know that the exam will be on one of the three topics I’m going to specify along the semester.
I’m telling you this now, before going any further, because I really seek your learning more than testing your memory. So free yourselves from expectations about the exam question. Instead, listen to my lessons with curiosity, with the intention to learn a something for life. I choose to teach methodology because it’s critical, crucial course to our existence. Methodology will tell you about history and the knowledge came up with it. It will show you civilisations. It will explain you there’s a meaning in life that you need to figure out for yourselves, each.
My quote for the course is: « Get some meaning to your life. »

 

Do you want to invest in my course, then?

Focus Makes Life Life

 » My life changed because I learned to focus. »

This statement is simply structured but its weight is really something else. It suggests a cause-effect relationship, that is, if we focus our lives will change.

The focus is on focus. It’s the cause. If we figure out how to implement it, the effect will come accordingly. The problem is we don’t focus, or we try to do many things at once and we so end up accomplishing less or nothing worthy.

In fact, it’s hard thing to do; doing multitasks at once. Brian cannot bear it so we lose everything.

There’s a reason why we tend to want everything. By nature, we love to have everything. Everything points out at: I want a job, I want a lot of money, I want to be a writer, I want to marry the beauty girl on earth, and such kinds of materialistic wants.

But, do we come to accomplish our wants? 

NO !

We don’t do the first thing of the equation so the result won’t appear, logically. Math is rigorous. We have to respect the process of how things must be done if we love to see a result out of it.

Meaning:

Do focus on a single task and then wait for the fortune.