So we were involved with a renovation of the “Old” Alexandria Hospital in Virginia. The new 200 bed addition had just had it’s Emergency Room online for two weeks and a few of us were on the fifth floor taking out some kitchen equipment. The old kitchen had a “dumb waiter” which ran down to the ground floor, and we were taking it out. I asked my super what it weighed and he estimated 200 pounds. So, we tied a rope to it, ran it around a pulley attached to a roof beam, and I held the rope, braced against half a wall we had left standing, while two other guys banged out the clevis pins holding the cable which connected the dumb waiter box to its a counterweight. I had the rope around my back and wrapped once around my right forearm in a stance I had been taught for belaying rock climbers.
Watch your favorite English language TV show or movie, and as the characters speak, repeat loudly the exact words they are saying the moment you hear them. In other words, ‘shadow’ their dialogue in real-time. Don’t worry about getting every word or sound right – focus on listening carefully, moving along quickly and keeping pace. After the movie ends, repeat the exact same movie and do it again. And again. By forcing yourself to speak at native speed, your brain becomes hyper-receptive to what you are hearing, and you will find yourself not only picking up the words quicker and quicker, but also unconsciously mimicking the inflections and vocal nuances that are usually difficult to learn for a non-native. It will also fix the stammer that comes with uncertainty or lack of confidence. In this way, the actors in the movie become your speaking partners.I was using Learn English by Speaking with the Best Online Tutors • English Ninjas