"Curiosity killed the cat." It's athat warns people against , investigating or questioning anything unless there's a . I don't like this proverb, as (1) I like cats, and (2) curiosity makes life interesting.
Most parents will remember the age when their children started asking (or in most cases,asking) the question "Why?" "Why is the sky blue?" "Why is brown?" Although this questioning will test the patience of many, it's something that should , not .
I sometimes wonder how my students' parents and teacherstheir curiosity when they were growing up. Did they encourage them to ask questions? To experiment? Take risks? I currently teach around 60 adult students at their offices. They're all , so I know that there's not a lot of time in their lives to English learning everything else. However, it only takes me a few hours with a new student to know if they will improve naturally and won't feel like to them.
These students are the ones that show curiosity. They are the ones who, at any level,something — a new word, phrase or expression — and just it out. They see patterns and follow them. And then they try breaking them. As they get comfortable making and breaking patterns, they start to ask "Can I say ...?" As they more advanced, they ask "What's the difference between X and Y?" or "Is that the same as Z?" There's no real reason for them to follow patterns, break patterns or ask questions. But when they do, their brain is making connections and associations with related vocabulary.
When they have time tooutside of class, it's these students who information the fastest and it the longest. It's similar to physical exercise. When you , your muscles and sore. But then they repair and get stronger. It's a shame many of my students so dedicated to the gym for their body, but work out their language too. Like muscles, it's a case of " ."
I'm not sure what that cat was doing when curiosity killed it. But itthe original expression was "Care killed the cat." "Care" "worry." So it looks like worrying about what's going to happen is the real problem. , curiosity is good for our mental health. Being curious about a language, about people, about art, movies, food ... All these things help us make connections — not only in our brains, but also with the people and world around us.
英語にはCuriosity killed the cat.ということわざがあるが、猫好きの筆者はこの言葉が嫌いだ。好奇心を持つと人生は面白くなるし、英語学習でも、好奇心を示す生徒ほど上達しやすいそうだ。
The Japan Times ST: March 10, 2017