Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Alanis Morissette: Staying Fit

                                                                                Alanis Morissette

Staying fit has become a common topic in North America.  Let’s look at singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy winner Alanis Morissette’s fitness strategy.

Question: How do you keep fit?
Alanis Morissette Answer:  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go bicycling, and the next I'll do some kickboxing or go out for a long walk. Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.

This week a simple speaking tip that can help improve conversation and language skills.  The strategy is to use more than one sentence for an answer.  Expanding your language answers will help to make your language more complex and interesting.  Also, it gives the listener more topics to ask you about. 

In her answer, she starts with a general fitness idea and then gives more details. In her last sentence, Alanis tells the listener the reason she is a cross trainer. 
 
Alanis: I'm a cross trainer.   (General fitness idea)

One day I'll go bicycling    (detail 1)
the next I'll do some kickboxing    (detail 2)
or go out for a long walk    (detail 3)
Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports.    (detail 4)
I dance, too    (detail 5)

Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament. (Reason-she cross trains)

Although the grammar patterns are not complicated, Alanis achieves a lot of information in 4 sentences.  She introduces the topic idea and then gives details. Finally, Alanis explains ‘why’ she uses the cross training fitness style.  Her style is casual but detailed.  The information in her answer is well connected and has a smooth flow.  She makes the listener feel comfortable and gives the listener lots of topics to ask her about.  For example: Did you play volley ball in high school?   How often do play basket ball? Where do you like to go for walks? Etc.


Speaking Pattern

I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go bicycling, and the next I'll do some kickboxing or go out for a long walk. Basketball and Volleyball are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.

Examples
1.  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go jogging, and the next I'll do some yoga or go out for a hike. Baseball and Tennis are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament. 
2.  I'm a cross trainer. One day I'll go rollerblading, and the next I'll do some biking or go out for a round of golf. Softball and Hockey are my favorite sports. I dance, too. Doing the same thing every day is not right for my temperament.


I hope you enjoy talking fitness to your friends or making new friends at the local fitness center!


Alanis Morissette Links


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Alex
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