More is Less | Learning More Words Makes It Difficult to Speak With People Around the World

advanced topics Oct 28, 2020
 

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Kris Amerikos: Hey everybody my name is Kris Amerikos and welcome to another video. This video is about another advanced topic and the topic today is more is less


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Kris Amerikos: Probably you've heard people say the phrase less is more. And this can be very confusing because most people think that it's not true.


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Kris Amerikos: Right, it doesn't really make sense when we say less is more. If you have less than, how can you also have more right there opposites. But in today's video I'm going to explain how more


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Kris Amerikos: Is really less and how that affects us when we're learning English teaching English, and most importantly, speaking and communicating in English. So first of all, let's look at what people usually believe


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Kris Amerikos: We can call this conventional wisdom and conventional wisdom tells us that this phrase less is more is not really true. It's


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Kris Amerikos: Just a catchy phrase it just sounds good, but we understand that if I have five apples and john has apples that I do not have more apples than john right so


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Kris Amerikos: On the simple basis of logic. This is not true and less is not more


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Kris Amerikos: Now we could get into a different discussion about whether or not more is better. Right. We can say less is better or more that more is better. That's a different discussion.


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Kris Amerikos: So really what we're talking about when we say less is more is people are saying that you should focus on the quality of things instead of the quantity


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Kris Amerikos: Quality over quantity. So they're saying if you have less that maybe you care about it more, they're saying if you have less than maybe these things are better because you need to take care of them.


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Kris Amerikos: For example, a person who has less clothes usually takes better care of their clothes than someone who has more clothes because if you have a lot of something its value goes down right this is basic economics supply and demand.


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Kris Amerikos: If we have a lot of something we have a high supply and we have an average demand. Just like everyone if everyone has the same demand for this, then the value is going to go down when we have more so in this case. Yes, less might be higher quality and more might mean that it's less valuable.


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Kris Amerikos: But if we move away from this general idea that people are familiar with the idea that people usually think about when we talk about this topic.


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Kris Amerikos: Then we can look at something else we can look at how today in our world. Most people think that they need to have more and they need to do more.


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Kris Amerikos: You know, people think that you need to have more money. They think that you need to have more followers on social media.


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Kris Amerikos: They think that you need to have more posts more content, right, you need to have more friends, you need to have more connections. And so, people are always looking for a way in general to increase what they have to have more


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Kris Amerikos: They're also trying to do more. They think that if they can achieve more things than this will be better for them right they shouldn't just be great in one area, they should be great in many areas, and we can see how people


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Kris Amerikos: Sometimes become frustrated because of this, and it's not only about achievements. It's about everyday life. It's about things that people usually do. For example, if you have the chance to go to five music concerts.


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Kris Amerikos: Then most people will try to go to all five


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Kris Amerikos: But some people will only tried to go to one, they will say, I don't have enough time for that. I need more time.


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Kris Amerikos: Right, I don't have enough time for that. So I'm going to choose one, the one that I like the most the best of the five. And here again we can see this dynamic that if we try to have more than maybe the experience will be less. However, most people today don't think of it like that.


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Kris Amerikos: They have so much stimulation from social media and from the internet and from the news. They see information and they have offers everywhere and they try to do everything.


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Kris Amerikos: And we even have a special term nowadays fo mo fear of missing out, right, the fear of missing out the fear of missing an opportunity or a chance to do something or have something


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Kris Amerikos: And we can see that this makes people want to do things or tried to do things more then maybe they need to do it. So another example of this is about physical objects. And this is where people usually haven't thought completely about how it affects them.


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Kris Amerikos: When you have many physical objects or things in a room, then those things steal your attention and your energy.


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Kris Amerikos: Because maybe you don't focus on them, but they exist in this space. And that means that you have less space because you have more objects, taking the space occupying the space so


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Kris Amerikos: Many times when we see that someone is very frustrated or they can't focus or they feel tired, we can see that they have a lot of objects ideas or projects that are taking their energy


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Kris Amerikos: There's a lot of things in their life that caused them to not be able to focus. And here's where we can really see that more is less


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Kris Amerikos: Because when you have many, many, many objects physical things in your space and all around you, especially, especially if they're not organized, which means they take up more space than they should.


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Kris Amerikos: When this happens, people get distracted. It's hard to focus. It's hard to pay attention.


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Kris Amerikos: And it's amazing how you can have a completely new mindset and new focus if you just clean your workspace, or if you organize your room.


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Kris Amerikos: And this is a great example of how having more things in a small place is bad for you. It creates less focus for you.


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Kris Amerikos: Now we could argue that, well, you just need more space. Right, so get more stuff get more space. Problem solved.


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Kris Amerikos: But it doesn't really work like that because you won't use all of this space as frequently or as often as necessary or as


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Kris Amerikos: Someone who lives in just a smaller space might use it. And this means that you're going to have a lot of empty space where you don't go there often and


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Kris Amerikos: You're going to feel responsible for it. So even an empty space that is within your domain or within your territory can steal away your attention and your focus now let's turn this topic and pointed to


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Kris Amerikos: The topic of language learning and language teaching and language speaking. And I have a question for everyone who's watching. I know that some teachers watch these videos that I post and some students watch these videos and my big question for you is this. Is it possible


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Kris Amerikos: That knowing more words makes it harder for you to communicate internationally.


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Kris Amerikos: What do you think is it harder for you to speak with different people around the world. When you know more words now your first answer to this question is probably


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Kris Amerikos: Absolutely not. Kris when you know more words, it's easier for you to communicate. However, I've seen that there's a limit to how useful this is


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Kris Amerikos: You see people in the United States. They learn different high level words and people in the UK, they learn different high level words they learn different types of slang.


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Kris Amerikos: They have different subculture groups. And there are different accents that produce different ranges of sounds that they're familiar with.


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Kris Amerikos: So by knowing more of the sounds and knowing more of these words. They now have a bigger option of words and sounds to choose from.


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Kris Amerikos: Now with sounds that usually doesn't affect people so much because you have your sounds that you associate with your identity and who you are.


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Kris Amerikos: And this creates your, your accent. It's one of the main contributing factors to the accent that you have


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Kris Amerikos: Your experience from the past and who you decide that you are so that you can say that these sounds are part of my identity. But what about words.


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Kris Amerikos: Many people also associate types of words and a level of vocabulary with who they are. I've seen it happen. So many times when a native speaking teacher


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Kris Amerikos: Goes to have a conversation with someone from another country and they use many high level words because they think they need to demonstrate how smart they are.


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Kris Amerikos: And I see this with non native teachers to especially non native teachers who are very fluent in English.


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Kris Amerikos: And that's surprising because you would think that they would learn that this is part of fluency, but many of them have a high level of English and


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Kris Amerikos: They try to demonstrate that they have a high level by using high level words now a person who is a teacher probably understands that


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Kris Amerikos: Students and regular people who are in different parts of the world. They may have studied some English, but they probably have a lower level of English pre intermediate intermediate and they're not familiar with a lot of high level words.


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Kris Amerikos: If they have a vocabulary of English words and they need a native speaker or a high level non native speaker who has a vocabulary of , words. Then there's words of this person might say that they will not understand.


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Kris Amerikos: And isn't it the job of the more fluent person to change their level of speaking to level down and to make themselves more understood


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Kris Amerikos: Isn't that what fluency and communication is about


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Kris Amerikos: It doesn't mean that you need to teach them all of those words that you know more than them. It means that you need to speak more simply.


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Kris Amerikos: So that's my question for you is it possible that when you know more words, it's actually harder for you to speak with people around the world who have a lower level.


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Kris Amerikos: What do you think, let me know in the comments below or you know you can also just start this discussion by sharing this video somewhere else and and


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Kris Amerikos: You can let me know how it goes. Now I have a second question for you to the second question today is, is it possible to simplify English so that we can make it more understandable for people all around the world for a larger number of people.


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Kris Amerikos: What do you think


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Kris Amerikos: Should we simplify English so that it's easier for people to use


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Kris Amerikos: Let me give you one example of how this might work.


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Kris Amerikos: In English when we're learning the present simple verb tense.


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Kris Amerikos: The verbs don't really change and other languages. Every person has a different verb ending right a different verb conjugation. When we say I you he, she, it. We you they


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Kris Amerikos: All of them have a different verb ending in most languages, but in English. It doesn't change. Right. I run you run we run you run, they run. But he, she, it.


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Kris Amerikos: Runs. We call this third person s and this third person s rule doesn't really add anything, it doesn't make the language more interesting or more beautiful.


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Kris Amerikos: It doesn't really change how we understand the language because if you make a mistake and you say he run she run, then people can still understand you.


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Kris Amerikos: So why do we add this S. It's just something that was left from the past.


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Kris Amerikos: And we've changed the endings of other words, but not this. So what would happen if we made a rule. And we said, we don't need to use third person s anymore because this makes English more difficult. And it isn't necessary for people to understand you.


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Kris Amerikos: And isn't understanding why we're using the language in the first place.


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Kris Amerikos: So what do you think


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Kris Amerikos: Can we and should we simplify English so that more people can understand it around the world. Get rid of all of those rules that are unnecessary.


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Kris Amerikos: Let me know in the comments down below. Thank you so much for watching this video, make sure you press like press subscribe and I will see you in the next one. Bye bye.

 

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