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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

77. Harvard Students

There were only two real differences between Harvard students and students at much lower-level universities. First, the Harvard students had a very strong self-belief. They really believed in themselves, and when they made a mistake, they simply tried again and learned from the mistake. Second, the Harvard students were willing to ask questions. Sometimes, they asked questions to the teacher; sometimes they asked questions to other students; sometimes they asked questions of the Internet or textbook; and sometimes they just asked questions to themselves. And it's interesting, when you ask a question, you often get an answer. In Japanese, there is an expression: Kikinu ha issho no haji. In other words, if you don't ask, you will never know and you will be ashamed all your life. So it's good to ask questions, isn't it? And maybe those wonderful students at Harvard were really following Japanese tradition. And if they can follow Japanese tradition, it's much easier for you, isn't it … to become a wonderful student, I mean.
Main Uses: : Modelling, Beliefs
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
Source: I heard this originally from Richard Bolstad and was reminded of it recently by Ben Backwell.
Notes: I use this one with my EFL students in Japan. It is very effective in helping them to try on more empowering beliefs about learning English.

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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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