- DIVER: Riya Chaudhary
- NATIVE COUNTRY: India
- CATEGORY: Linguist
- DIVE: English
- Level: 1
- REQUIREMENTS: Level 1 (Can read, write, speak, and understand English at a basic level.)
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When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level?
When I joined school at the age of 3 years, I was having English as a subject. Then I decided to pursue this dive since in English Class, the teacher rarely speaks our native language. My motivation was that my parents do not know how to speak English and English is the official language in India and the most spoken language around the world. My parents can write and read but cannot speak in English, therefore I wanted myself to be a fluent speaker in English.
How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
At the age of 10, I could understand, read, and write English as it is the world’s most widely-used language in international business and telecommunications, newspaper and book publishing, scientific publishing, mass entertainment, and diplomacy. So I wanted to improve myself and at that time I hesitated to speak English. Therefore, I want to overcome my fears and improve.
It takes me so long to achieve Level 1 because at home and school, the most used language was Hindi (the language of India) and there was only one period of English in school.
What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
Whenever I try to speak English in front of an audience or in front of the class and teachers, I started stuttering and my classmates made fun of me. I got demotivated but I never stopped myself from practicing English. I used to speak in front of the mirror to improve myself and watch English shows which really helped me to improve my English day by day. Also, I did not like grammar rules so I took a lot of time to understand them.
What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
Writing English was the easiest part for me. I used to write my diary entries in English. Later, I then started writing dramas in English for group competitions. I love to read English chapters again and again and try to learn them by heart which really helped me in improving my English. Then in 11th class, I participated in a debate competition and got the first position which motivated me to do more hard work in improving my English.
What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
Advice to improve your English is:
- practice everyday
- try to speak English without fear of making mistakes
- practice speaking new words everyday
- listen to English songs
- watch movies and shows in English
- try to write articles in English.
What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive at This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
First, read novels in English. Novels are easy to understand and are very interesting.
Also, use these resources:
- Mini Oxford Dictionary – This Dictionary is a pocket dictionary from which we can learn 10 new words daily. It will help you in increasing your vocabulary.
- 7clouds – On Youtube, there is a Channel 7clouds where we can find songs with lyrics so that we can learn English songs easily and it will also help in improving your English.
- Break Diving Community – On Break Diving there are so many free resources from where we can learn and improve our English. We communicate here in English which gives us a great platform to improve ourselves.
Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive.
When I was in high school I had started going to the stage to conduct assembly, to convey the thought of the day which helps in removing my stuttering problem and due to which I got selected in a Debate competition and got the first position there.
Later on, our Principal provides me the opportunity to do live commentary on annual sports day.
Also, I got selected in the anchoring team on annual function day. This spirit of mine made me a leader and in 12th class, I was the head girl of my school.
In high school, I received 95% in English and I got the same result in Secondary school examination too which is conducted by C.B.S.E (Central Board of Secondary Education).
In 9th class, I was selected to represent my school for NCSE (National Child Science Congress).
How did you prove you met the requirements for this level?
My fellow Break Divers have confirmed my reading, writing, speaking, and understanding via numerous live chats, video chats, and other communications.
I also submitted my report card to show my grades and submitted my certificate for English Debate.
Will you be pursuing the next level? If so, what is your plan? If not, why not?
Yes, I will pursue this dive to become a good speaker and writer.
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Riya Chaudhary is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: LINGUIST – ENGLISH – LEVEL 1. Congratulations Riya! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
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