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ALG Khmer School (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 at 6:21 am

???????? ???????? ???????? SONY DSCThe ALG, Automatic Growth Method is now being used to teach Khmer to foreigners at LINK, Language Institute of Natural Khmer, in Phnom Penh. Antonio Graceffo is very excited about this first, successful attempt to export the ALG method from its home at AUA, Bangkok, where it is used to teach Thai, now ALG has come to a new country and a new language.

ALG is a listening-based language learning methodology which approximates the way a child learns his native tongue, by listening. The method was invented by American linguist, Dr. J. Marvin Brown. The methodology echoes much of Stephen Krashen’s comprehensible input and is related to earlier natural language acquisition theories. Students sit in class and lesson for 800 hours before they begin to speak.

Watch: ALG Khmer School (Part 1) on youtube

http://youtu.be/oieIiSzPiMA

Watch: ALG Khmer School (Part 2) on youtube

http://youtu.be/SAzNQ2YYGK8

Antonio Graceffo is self-funded and needs donation to continue his writing and video work. To support the project you can donate through the paypal link on his website, www.speakingadventure.com

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on  http://www.blackbeltmag.com

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Brooklyn Monk in 3D

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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

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Chinese Joke: Xiǎo nánhái (小男孩)

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

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In Shanghai, preparing for HSK Level 4 exam, Antonio Graceffo breaking the tension by Watching Chinese Spiderman cartoons and telling Chinese jokes.

Watch Chinese Joke: Xiǎo nánhái (小男孩) on yuotube

http://youtu.be/CHUzkPt2y4M

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on  http://www.blackbeltmag.com

website

www.speakingadventure.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

facebook

Brooklyn Monk fan page

Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

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Listening and Self-Study in Asia

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

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By Antonio Graceffo

Listening to foreign languages: The young cool English teacher brings a Friends episode to the classroom once or twice a semester. And this is the only time most of the Asian students hear any real English (English intended for native speakers). Since you need 800 hours of listening to learn a language, this 50 minutes of Friends won’t have any real impact on the student’s language learning. In fact, it will detract from their learning, because they will miss 50 minutes of class time. But, on the European model, the idea of university is for the professor to inspire the students to go explore, study and research on their own.

So, brining in a Friends episode as a way of leading students to explore American TV series on their own is a good idea.

Even in the American school model, why do future bankers have to take French and woodshop class in high school? Because by exposing students to a variety of intellectual pursuits and interests, you will hopefully help them uncover interests and passions they were never aware of. Also, we hope to avoid producing what the Germans call “Facchidioten” people who are so intelligent about a single subject that they can’t even tie their own shoe laces.

It’s great to be the best financial analyst in the world. And that probably pays a lot better than being an expert on 16th Century Norse Lesbian Poetry, but if you could be a financial analyst who also knows something about 16th Century Norse Lesbian Poetry maybe you will be a better, more creative financial analyst. Or maybe you will just be more interesting to talk to at a cocktail party.

The problem in Asia is that students are not taught to explore, study and research on their own. In fact, no one ever told them this was a good thing to do. In America, I realize a lot of students don’t do this, but most students have been told that this is the ideal. In Asia, the whole model is non-existent. If you show a Chinese class two episodes of Friends, the vast majority if students will see exactly two episodes of Friends and derive the linguistic benefit of watching two episodes of Friends which is zero.

The only way to develop native like pronunciation is by listening. The most likely way to learn how natives interact with each other is by observing. Movies and TV create artificial, concentrated, focused ways of studying the interactions of native speakers with each other in a variety of settings and circumstances. It takes hundreds of hours of listening to learn a language. As the entire paradigm of classroom teaching will not at any time soon be turned on its head, students will need to do this copious listening on their own, outside of class.

When I was a German major at Tennessee State in 1992, the university owned about 10 German movies on VHS tape. At that time, a movie cost about $60 USD. Today, with downloads, internet, streaming, and youtube unlimited content is available in most languages FOR FREE. If language learners developed the habit of watching several hours of these free broadcasts per day, by the end of a single year, they would see a marked improvement in their language fleuncy.

 

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on  http://www.blackbeltmag.com

website

www.speakingadventure.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

facebook

Brooklyn Monk fan page

Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

 

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

 

 

Death of the perfect New Yorker

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

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By Antonio Graceffo

God bless the family and the memory of three- term Mayor Ed Kotch, the man who invented the slogan, “I Love New York.”

Although I was born during Mayor Lindsey, Kotch is the first Mayor I remember, and the one whose flamboyant, often abrasive and derisive intellect made him the quintessential New Yorker. It has been rumored that Ed Kotch, along with Ernest Hemingway and Sir Richard Francis Burton, was the basis for the Brooklyn Monk character.

From NBC News “Bald and bombastic, paunchy and pretentious, the city’s 105th mayor was quick with a friendly quip and equally fast with a cutting remark for his political enemies.

“You punch me, I punch back,” Koch once memorably observed. “I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to be a punching bag.”

The mayor dismissed his critics as “wackos,” waged verbal war with developer Donald Trump (“piggy”) and mayoral successor Rudolph Giuliani (“nasty man”), lambasted the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and once reduced the head of the City Council to tears.

“I’m not the type to get ulcers,” he wrote in “Mayor,” his autobiography. “I give them.””

“Less than 50% of the residents of New York were born here. I’m one of them. I was born in The Bronx. The rest came from every state in the Union and every nation on Earth. WE ARE AMERICA!” Ed Koch

Mayor Michael Bloomburg ordered the Queensboro Bridge be renamed in honor of former Mayor Ed Koch. In a TV interview, talking about this dedication, Mayor Kotch read a quote from F.S. Fitzgerald’s the Great Gatsby “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” The mayor closed the book, looked at the camera and said, “And that’s my bridge.”

The Funeral of a King

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2013 at 2:40 am

 

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The Funeral of a King

Sadly, the King Father of Cambodia, King Norodom Sihanouk will be laid to final rest

By Antonio Graceffo

In Honor of His Majesty, King-Father Sihanouk, the heart of the Khmer people. Through more than 7 decades of turbulent history, King Shanouk has been the single most powerful inspiration and hope to the Khmer people. In 1956, after  Cambodia was awarded independence from France, King Norodom Sihanouk renounced his title, becoming Price Sihanouk, so he could stand as Prime Minister. As Prime Minister of the first, independent and democratic Cambodia, Prince Sihanouk lead the country through the greatest period of peace, prosperity and modernization in the troubled nation’s history. He was ousted in a military coup in 1970. In 1975, he returned to the country to serve as King under the Khmer Rouge, but was placed under house arrest. He lived in exile in Beijing and Pyongyang during most of the Vietnamese colonial period, during which time he also spoke in New York, condemning the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. In the 1980’s and 90’s, under the Reagan Doctrine, Sihanouk and his supporters received limited financial and military support from the US to counteract the Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge occupation of Cambodia. Finally, in 1993, he was reinstated as King of Cambodia. He abdicated his throne in 2004, citing ill-health but many believe it was a protest against the current government. Since 2004, his son King Norodom Sihamoni has served as king.

King Sihanouk has universally been recognized as one of the world’s greatest political leaders, having served more years and in more capacities than any other person in history. Many observers saw the King as the balance of power in Cambodia. Now that His Majesty has died, the balance is gone.

Let us all say a prayer for the people of Cambodia, who have lost their King Father.