I like people who…

The last couple of posts were about laughing, fun and …people. Listening to people. Let’s take the chance to share and learn about the the positive qualities that we like. Audrey Hepburn once said “I like people who make me laugh.” What about you?  What makes you admire somebody? What makes you just want to sit around to enjoy their company?

The video below is a wonderful short film by Tiffany Shlain which explores how we can develop our character, and which are the core virtues that we generally agree are positive.

Me? I like people who are open-minded, trustworthy and relaxed. I like people who are positive. I like people who don’t focus only the flaws, but instead, see the chance to make them become a virtue.

I like people who are able to see their own weaknesses but are not ashamed of them. You should only feel ashamed if you are not willing to change. I like people who take pride in their victories, no matter how unimportant they may seem to everyone else (a meal, the right phrase in the right moment).

I like people who are sincere and give their opinions, not to hurt but to share and help. I like people with an eye on solutions, not the problems. 

I like people who explore, create and build. I like people who are supportive with  people who create. I like people who help build new paths for freedom, learning and experience.

I like people who smile.

I like people who are kind-hearted and emotional. And intense.

If you want to share your opinion and/or take the chance to practice some English, here go some suggestions.

Writing

1) Post a comment.

2) Enter a simple relative clause or phrase to describe the kind of people you like on this website I Love People Who Website.

3) Post your opinion on twitter using the hashtag #occeoic

Listening 

Click here for practice on describing personality: Esl-lab

You’ll find more extra listening practice on http://www.elllo.com

What are your best qualities? First think of which adjectives you would choose to describe your own and then listen to What are your best qualities by Elllo.

What are your worst qualities? Then listen to What is your worst quality from Elllo and compare.

If you need help with language

Help with adjectives:Lingolex

Help with relative clauses: Eltbase

Listening is An Act of Love

Story Corps is an organization that has recorded and collected over 45,000 stories from people in USA. 90,000 people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs have taken part in this project since 2003. The stories are available on the webiste: Story Corps Stories

I think it is a beautiful initiative. Giving people the chance to record and share something which is important to them is wonderful. And we all take advantage in the end. As listeners, we become aware of how different and alike we are. Some stories are really touching and others have very powerful messages that we can all relate to.

As it says on the website: “We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.” Click here for more information: Story Corps Website

For English language learners the stories are a source of valuable cultural imput and a great way of improving listening skills.  So I encourage to take some time to listen and enjoy.

To celebrate their 10th anniversay they have just released an animated feature called Listening is An Act of Love.  It explains how the project started.

Watch and answer the following questions (start to minute 4.00)

What was the narrator like when he was a child?

Why did he start interviewing his grandparents?

Did they enjoy it?

What has happened to the tape?

How does he describe the experience of recording?