Vultures have a bad reputation.
It might be because of that infamous photograph of the child and the vultures, or just the common belief that vultures are dirty, vile creatures.
So, why do I say that you should become a language vulture?
It’s simple really… Most of the beliefs about vultures are misinformed. Yes, vultures eat dead, dying or sick animals. Yes, they fly in circles to wait for an animal to die. And yes, they will fight other animals to get the food.
But do you know what else they do?
They clean up the environment.
Vultures have an incredible ability to destroy many of the life-threatening diseases that can be deadly to other animals. Their stomach acid kills the harmful bacteria which would normally kill a dog or a person. Vultures have evolved to not only survive from eating sick animals, but they can also prevent other animals (including people) from getting sick as well.
In some ways, vultures are like a recycling plant. They turn dead or sick animals (that most other animals wouldn’t touch) into energy.
Vultures aren’t so bad after all. In fact, I like ‘em.
But what does all of this have to do with learning English?
Well, if you have ever done a Google or YouTube search on ‘learning English’ or ‘English expressions’, you’ll notice that there are thousands of responses. Some of these responses will be useful, but some will be an awful waste of time that will just make you sound silly.
And that’s where you need to be an English learning vulture. You need to evolve so that you can take in the good and the bad English, and then keep the good and forget the bad.
Starting is easy. All you need to do is this:
Realise that not everything you learn in English will be 1. useful or 2. worth your time.
The next step, well that comes with practice.
I’m working on a new project right now. It’s still in its infant stage which means it’s still just an idea and an outline. But if you’re a bit of an English language geek who’s sick of the bland and basic that English most people are teaching, then you’re going to want to check it out.
It’s also going help you evolve into something of an English learning vulture.
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