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“Do you have a degree in English?” | Q&A with Larissa (SUBTITLES) | Practice Your Listening Skills

Instructions

1) Watch the video and listen;
2) Take notes;
3) Answer the questions below in as much detail as possible.

 

Test your listening and comprehension!

Questions:

1) How many years has Larissa attended school?
2) What did Larissa get her Bachelors degree in?
3) What subjects was Larissa bad at growing up?
4) What subjects was Larissa good at growing up?
5) What was Larissa’s first graduate degree in?
6) Did Larissa ever work as a lawyer?
7) According to Larissa, why is it important to have the right influences in your life?
8) What is Larissa’s Master’s degree in?
9) Did Larissa enjoy her graduate school experience?

Transcript

Hey guys! It’s Larissa from ElementalEnglish.com

Today’s question is from Haehyun in Seoul, Korea.

Haehyun asks, “Do you have a degree in English?”

I think what she’s asking specifically is if I have a graduate degree or a higher education degree.
Yes! I do!

Umm… I got my Bachelors… I’ve gone to school A LOT. For many years. Too many years actually.
So, um, I have my Bachelors degree in journalism. And… I was a journalism major because I’ve always loved the news, and I always loved uh writing… and editing.. and writing.. and language. um I studied French growing up. I loved to read and write growing up. I was terrible at like the sciences and calculus and physics. My brain doesn’t work that way. So, I studied journalism and actually art history as well in college.

After a year of working, I realized, well, I had a lot of pressure to go to graduate school. And I didn’t really know what to do. I’d worked with kids. I loved being a teacher, but um my family thought that I should do something “more” than being a teacher. Um, So, I went to law school! And I actually went to law school, passed the bar exams. And technically I became a lawyer, but I never worked as a lawyer. I knew that my heart was not in it. I didn’t want to do it. I worked in policy for a little bit, but I hated it.

Um… I had had just I love language, I love teaching, I love language learning. So one day it hit me, “Wait! I’m a native English speaker! I love language. I loved my experiences teaching and tutoring. I can be an English teacher! I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me before that, but it didn’t.

So, um, I guess that’s the importance of having the right role models and the right influences in your life, too, because maybe if someone had pointed that out to me earlier, maybe I would have figured that out earlier.

So I went back to school, and I got my masters in Applied Linguistics. I went to one of the best schools in the world, um… in America. And… I got… I loved it. I loved every second of it. And my specialty became phonetics and phonology, which is pronunciation, and I teach oral communications, and that’s what I love to teach.

Okay? Thanks for asking the question, Haehyun!

If you have a question you want to ask me, just post it on the Facebook page, send me an email, go to ElementalEnglish.com just click on the contact me link. And… I read everything. You could post it in YouTube, post it in a lesson, whatever you want. I’ll try to see it. Um I can’t reply to everything that I get but I will do my best. Okay?

Now you can just go back, you can watch this video again. Read the subtitles, but after you watch it a second or third time, try to cover the subtitles and just listen to me. See if you can understand more of what I’m saying. So the key is to be a super active listener. Okay? See you guys later.

ANSWERS

1) How many years has Larissa gone to school?
A lot — too many!

2) What did Larissa get her Bachelors degree in?
Journalism (and I minored in art history)

3) What subjects was Larissa bad at growing up?
Sciences, calculus, physics.

4) What subjects was Larissa good at growing up?
Reading, writing, languages (French)

5) What was Larissa’s first graduate degree in?
Law! I have a juris doctor degree.

6) Did Larissa ever work as a lawyer?
Nope! I worked in policy for a little, but I hated it.

7) Why is it important to have the right influences in your life?
Because you can learn about the best path for your life earlier and not waste time doing things other people want you to do!

8) What is Larissa’s Master’s degree in?
Applied Linguistics.

9) Did Larissa enjoy her graduate school experience?
I loved it! I loved every second of it 🙂

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