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A talk about motivation

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi everyone

Well, my biggest motivation is self-development. In this case I learn English myself to become magistrate at exact and natural science. I am Geographer and my dream is to work in National Geographic as a saints, write interesting article about nature, environment people, culture and tradition and help using my job whole world. All those lessens helps me moving forward to my dream and I would like to say thanks all Learn English team for support.

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
he offered no incentive, but he told them he was going to use their times to calculate an average time.
What's that mean 'use their times to calculate an average time' ???
Is that mean they free to go or not to go to the office for work?
The most important thing is the job finished??
Thank you very much for your answer and attention.

Hello fahri,

The people were timed (entry 2.2: to measure how long it takes someone to do something) as they solved a problem. The resulting numbers were the people's 'times'. If you have several numbers, you can add them all together and then divide by the number of numbers ('to average') to get the average (entry 2.2).

The people who did this did not win anything ('no incentive').

Hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

One of the easiest listenings I've had. But about the question, unfortunately due to the easy access to information people tend to read just headlines and not the whole idea as well as following instructions. Doing things quickly and fast is a goal that doesn't need to be rewarded, depends on us.

When I'm interested in this task, I will be motivated automatically.

What motivate me is that when i got what i planned for done successfully. in that case it give me motivation to achieve something new.

I have finished the intermediate level and it was easy for me . Now , in this level i could get only 5 out 8 correct.

I understand most of what the conversation but when it come to answer the exercises i found it a little bit difficult.

Any advice and recommendations

Hello nabily

I wouldn't worry -- some things within B2 are closer to B1 and some are closer to C1. The main thing is to keep working and to learn from your mistakes. In this way, you will advance for sure!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

what motivated me, in general, is to remember the goal I set it. when I give up and start to procrastinate I remember the goal that gives me the energy to keep going and work whatever happens

Improving my self is the most important motive for me because in this life we always facing difficulties and I need to prepare my self for it.