Dear Prof. Al, your suggestion to review the English night policy is under consideration. Nothing is set in stone in Inner Magic Club.
Thanks a lot for writing. By sharing your thoughts, you break a long drought of intelligent discussions in the Club, hogged for quite some time now by discourses fit only for a schoolboy’s IQ.—namely, discourses that promote bickering in a Club that is suposed to be sworn to spread camaraderie.
You observed correctly when you said, “Anybody can learn English as a second language, but it takes constant study and usage of the said language.”
Similarly, the only way to learn the Invisible Pass is to perform it. You can watch all the DVDs about the Invisible Pass until kingdom come, but if you don’t perform it, you’ll never learn how to do it.
While your suggestion to have somebody lecture in the group about grammar and usage is excellent as a way to strengthen our basic knowledge in English, there is no substitute for encouraging members to speak English to learn it.
You also said, “Hooray when you learn English, but the best route to learn English is our knowledge of the vernacular.”
Precisely. We already have knowledge of the vernacular. Now it is time to ratchet up the learning process by speaking the second language we want to learn.
In coming up with the English night program, the Board has nothing but good intentions. The ability to speak a second language is a skill, and if that language is English, then it is a commercial skill, one that can and will pay handsomely for professional magicians.
Offering an environment conducive to learning a skill is, I think, commendable on the part of IMC. Whether the skill to learn is how to handle a magician’s cane or how to speak a second language, the program to teach it should be embraced by members wanting to improve professionally or individually instead of being brushed off as an inconvenience.
Let’s admit it. The English-speaking market is the one with disposable entertainment money. It is the market to penetrate. One need not have business sense to realize that. If the best route to a man’s heart is his stomach, the best route to the English-speaking market with disposable money is its tongue.
A professional magician has two choices. Granting he has a commercial show, he may choose to acquire facility in English and get the more lucrative gigs (top 500 corporations), work for ideal clients (millionaires in exclusive villages), perform at classy venues (5-star hotels, posh restaurants, opulent clubhouses), and rub elbows with the high-and-mighty of society.
Or he may ignore the commercial value of English as a skill to penetrate the high-end market and be consigned to performing magic in small streets, cramped fast-food restaurants, and small backyards.
Or (a third choice, although I said there were only two choices) he may perform his act—from the start to the end—in pantomime.
- How to Learn Two Languages at Once (want2speakthai.com)
- Malaysia gov’t urges English learning to compete (bikyamasr.com)