Aug 31, 2015
When was the last time you did a good deed for someone, or maybe somebody performed a good deed for you? Can you remember what it was? Do you recall where it was? Well, it just might be time that you try again. In this episode Gabby brings up the idea of doing a good deed for someone using English language skills.
As travelers in foreign lands we could all use help once in a while, whether it’s about the signs that are not in English, or the restaurants where the menus are not in English. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were in a strange city, and somebody noticed that you looked lost, and then offered to help you find your way again – in English?
Tips like this are useful and can be found at gonaturalenglish.com, along with other resources materials and support. Be sure to take advantage of all that Gabby and the Go Natural English community have to offer.
Episode transcript below:
Hey there! How’s it going?
Welcome to Go Natural English.
Are you ready to get fluent?
Let’s get started.
In this English quick tip I’d like to talk with you about the idea of a good deed English day.
A lot of the time we focus on how English can benefit you.
You can make more money; have a better position; have an international career; meet new people; be able to communicate with people from all over the world; enjoy travel; enjoy access to knowledge and information; and the list goes on.
Obviously English is a very powerful tool for you and your success.
But wait just a minute.
It’s not all about you.
English can actually be a tool to make the world a better place.
And that’s what I want to encourage us to think about today – with a good deed English day.
So, today, after you watch this episode, I’d like you to do a good deed involving English.
What is a good deed?
Well, a good deed is when you volunteer to help someone.
You do something where you go out of your way – something you didn’t have to do, you didn’t need to do, but you did it because you want to help people.
You want to be a good person, and you want to make the world a better place.
So, a good deed doesn’t have to be big.
You don’t have to make world peace.
A good deed is something small.
Maybe you could say “Good morning” to someone, especially if you live in an English-speaking country.
Use your English to greet someone, and smile, and make that person’s day a better day.
If you don’t live in an English-speaking country, you can certainly still do a good deed in English.
You could someone a message on social media or by email in English.
Perhaps you know an English speaker, or you could communicate with the Go Natural English community at facebook.com/gonaturalenglish or on Twitter at gonaturaleng, and help us out (glitch on recording here) on the page or tweet a positive message to someone who you know who is also learning, or who speaks English.
How can you use your English to help people?
Perhaps if you see someone who looks a little bit lost like I was today in the train station here in Tokyo.
A very nice man came up to me and he said, “How shall I help you?” which is very proper English – not very common actually.
I would suggest saying, “How can I help you?” or “May I help you?”
You could help someone if you see them lost or perhaps if you see someone trying to find their way using a map, or maybe they need some kind of help from you.
It could be a different situation depending on your daily situations or where you live.
So, think about how could you use English to do a good deed today?
Could you pay a compliment?
Could you help someone with information?
Could you even do something more like offer your help with a bigger p...