Predicaments as Driving Forces

Predicaments as Driving Forces

We run into predicaments that may freeze us or act as a driving force to move forward. I am sharing my own story to explain what I mean.

I started a part time side job in a university. Meanwhile, I registered at The Voltaire Institute to study French for the evening classes. To my surprise, the two girls setting next to me in the French class were my students at the university. During the day they were my students; in the evening they were my classmates.

The real predicament for me started upon finding that we were taught French like children learn a language. No written material. Only a video to hear few sentences and then repeat them with the instructor speaking only in French to answer questions. I still remember the first thing we had to repeat "Je vais avec vous". Almost all students comfortably repeated it, and I was singled out as a complete failure. We had three French classes every week. Upon completing the second week I had to make a decision. To continue making very sluggish improvement in learning French was not good for my image as a university lecturer. My two students started to doubt my ability and whether I liked it or not my reputation was in jeopardy. I opted first to drop learning French. This proved to be a short-living one. I said to myself "what would my students say about me?" I wanted to study French because of my need as well for it as I was a frequent traveler. As leaving was not an option, the only left one was to continue in a different way. I had to find a new way.

I found a solution. I invited a French instructor who happened to teach French at a high school. I decided to spend only one weekend from morning till evening learning from him so that my ear would adjust for the French language. This idea proved its merit. I regained my confidence that I could learn French. The private instructor even relaxed me more. I wasn't that dummy. My two students studied French for two years at high school. They had a big advantage over me to start with.

My confidence in learning French grew. Soon, I developed intimacy to French Language, which again started to develop into pride. My pride culminated when a French inspector walked in the class and started addressing us in French. I was the only one to understand all what he said. He asked me if I had studied French before. My answer was no, and I gave the credit to the instructor (even though she disliked me at the beginning being the only retarded student). The inspector gave a very high evaluation to the instructor. This changed her attitude to me. Soon, she and I became "passionate". I passed the globally standardized exam for all classes worldwide with a tres bien grade.

As I am at this old age trying to learn some Spanish I find French language of great help. I enjoy learning. But, what I enjoy most is the building up of passion to learn. My previous predicament to learn French has turned into a driving force to learn Spanish.

I dedicate this post to all learners who make a genuine effort to learn with passion.


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Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #24

#31
I appreciate your story very much Anees Zaidi for bringing my attention to your wonderful comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Absolutely and I agree with you dear . We learn as long as we live if we have the desire to learn. Learning renews life wit new ideas, perspectives and keep the waters running. STill water invites for the growth of algae. So in still learning

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Anees Zaidi- your story is rich iis wisdom. It adds great value to the buzz. I discover now that we enrich our own experiences when we share them with others. My experience shows how putting me in a push out environment (sitting next to two of my students) made the environment unfriendly, only to be pulled in by the love to study a language and the need for it because of my frequent travels. Your story could be framed differently, but simialr lines. May be you may consider this idea for a buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
."Age is but one indicator of how long we have enjoyed your presence' qhat a great definition of age and time accordingly dear Anees. I invite Sara Jacobovici to read it for I know of her interest in this topic.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #20

#27
Sure it is!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Anees Zaidi- Predicament drives us out from our comfort zone- that is a great and concise phrase summarizing my experience. You remind me again dear Anees with what I wrote about the balance of pull-push forces. I realize now this post could have been the best proof. Predicament is the pushing out force and desire to learn is the pulling force.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Mamen Delgado- Is there a better proof than this comment of yours to show that you live in "harmonious chaos"?

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #17

#23
Coming back to your post, there is a saying in Spanish that says "Hacerse grande en la adversidad" which means "You make yourself bigger in adversity". And I love this idea because I have felt this feeling many times. In fact, I would say I really like the adversities and the predicaments, maybe not very much when I'm just in the middle of them, but even so I do. I feel quite alive with the adversities.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #16

#23
I feel very happy this picture doesn't reflect your mood!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Dear debasish majumder- with all honesty you are a gifted writer and thinker. If I had any role in improving your writing style then I am more than pleased. Yes, I noticed that you shortened the length of your sentences and you tend to use increasingly metaphors. I am contented any very appreciative of your good words. Again, you were born to be a writer

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Good question Mamen Delgado and I agree with your comment. I wanted an image to reflect predicament, but couldn't find any better one. I tried, but wasn't successful. Sometimes, the selection of a picture reflects our mood, but this was not my case with this one.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #13

Passion is THE driving force par excellence, so good you feel passion for learning Spanish. What makes me feel a little scary is the picture you have chosen for this post, could you please tell me dear Ali Anani why you choose this pic? I confess this morning I've been avoiding the post because of the picture... Hahahaha... But it's a lovely text! Now that I know what it is about... πŸ˜‰

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The incerdible Sara Jacobovici has just shared this buzz in the new hive "it's personal". You are a lady of action. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Franci Eugenia Hoffman- you have a very organized mind my friend and your comment sets a great example of summarizing AND adding value to any buzz. I do like your comment. I find this segment of it "sometimes it takes a predicament to give us that extra push" a great reflection of what I experienced in reality.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

There are several messages in your very worthy post, Ali Anani. 1) sometimes it takes a predicament to give us that extra push. If I feel uncomfortably challenged, I challenge myself to win my own battle 2) You faced your issue, which is the first step; and then you took action - the second step 3) You set a good example for your students to stay strong and go after what you want. 4) you shared your experience with others, which was very thoughtful.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
@Dale Masters- I appreciate greatly sharing your story and I believe in it completely. I learned social media on my own. The self-drive is crucial. Amazing was your GPA, but more amazing is your positive spirit.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Content helps- no question asked debasish majumder. I find many people in Jordan learning Turkish. My daughter Sara speaks it and understands it pretty well on her own. The motive started from Turkish episodes. I think content is a good driving force, but not enough on its own. Thank you for taking the time to tell explicitly your point of view.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thank you Sara Jacobovici- I am glad to know I can tell stories. You make me suggest the idea of having a"personal story" hive. Appreciate your kindness.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #6

First, you are a fine story teller Ali Anani, in any language. Second, I believe you taught your students many lessons; beside learning from you at the university, they learned from you the importance of commitment, perseverance and finding solutions to challenges.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
There are primary abilities and secondary ones dear Mohamed Amroussi. It is the prime abilities that make the difference.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
What we learnt at universities is almost obsolete now Mohamed Amroussi. Yes, you are correct

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Good determination Vincent Andrew. I am glad this posts help. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Mohamed Amroussi- trust is a function of ability and desirability. If the students see your ability low then their trust shall vanish.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Absolutely- we are living as long as we are learning @Jim Lenihan

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