- DIVER: Shamaine Kupeta
- NATIVE COUNTRY: Zimbabwe
- 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?
I decided to get serious with my English when l started high school as l started seeing the importance of the English language. My teachers told us that it was the language of the world hence it was essential for everyone in our class to gain the basic skills required in English. Nothing was without the knowledge of English thus I found myself motivated to take on the subject more seriously than any other subject in class. Up until then, English was just another second difficult language to learn.
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?
It took approximately four years for me to truly master all the basic requirements needed at this level. I must admit that I am still in the course of perfecting my skills to become a brilliant English speaker and writer. I was still in high school when I decided to go for it and it was a subject being offered at our school. I took it step by step until I reached the end and I suppose that is why it took that long because I had teachers instructing me at each and every step along the way.
What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
The hardest part for me while pursuing this dive was the writing part. No matter how much my teachers explained the whole concept, I still found myself struggling to construct meaningful sentences as my grammar was always bad and poorly constructed. No matter how hard I worked I would just find myself failing to write good English. I was a person who loved to scribble anything that came to my mind at one time it really got tough that I felt myself being disheartened. I just couldn’t fathom why l couldn’t master this particular concept amidst it all as I just loved writing in English
What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
The easiest part I suppose was when it came to doing in class presentations thus speaking English as I was eager to just speak without even mastering all speaking techniques at that time. I was zealous about learning a new language. I would find myself not making any sense but that was the easiest part for me so I would just continue until I could fluently make sense now.
What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
My advice is that l think you must be in love with English itself for you to pull it off. As for me, I found myself being demotivated many times but because I was in love with it, I always somehow managed to ignore all the negative comments that were being passed around and continued being focussed on my dive.
You should also be focussed on what you will be doing. I encourage you to be determined because determination is what got me here today. If English is your second language like me trust me you will face a lot of challenges along the way. Many people telling you to quit, but if you are determined you will keep going no matter the obstacle you will be facing because you will be looking ahead.
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.
I would recommend a lot of literature books as it really helped me during my time to construct good sentences and also learn a few spellings. I would also grab any book that would come my way despite the subject title except maybe maths books. That really did widen my reading capacity. The alphabet was also an important tool that helped me reach my goal. I also used to write a lot.
I would also recommend Youtube. You can go there and look for teachers who will be teaching basic English skills.
Khan Academy was also a very good site that helped me to up my English.
Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive.
My greatest adventure was public speaking. Everyone in my class knew how bad I was when it came to speaking or writing in English. At first, they really laughed at me saying what a waste of time for me it was to study English. But as time went by and they saw how unfazed I was by their negative comments they started to marvel at how dedicated and passionate l was towards this particular dive.
Even one of my teachers marvelled at my commitment on this particular dive. He started making me give speeches at assembly despite me speaking what was known as broken English at that time and all the kids below me would laugh at how I spoke English but I was too in love to care about them hence I continued.
One day my teacher and I were called to the headmaster’s office as news heard it that the headmaster was not pleased about such a student talking on assembly. But when we got to the office it was another story. He was in fact pleased that my teacher had come up with such an idea as many students had started taking their English more seriously. On prize giving day I was actually awarded with the most motivating student of the year award. In the following year I was also awarded with the most improved as I passed my final examinations as indicated in my certificate.
So I guess for me that was my adventure because English really taught me a lot. I even got a one on one talk with my headmaster, the man who got everyone on his toes not forgetting that we even shook hands. That was a great ordeal for me.
How did you prove you met the requirements for this level?
My interactions on the Break Diving Community in English with my fellow divers is evidence that I can read, write, and fully understand English.
I also submitted my report card to show my grades in English.
Will you be pursuing the next level? If so, what is your plan? If not, why not?
Yes because I love English and l would really love to continue learning and perfecting my skills in English as it is a world language. I also want to become a writer one day so l believe that I need to really learn English for me to be able to pursue my dreams. Wanting to pursue the next level for this dive is essential for me
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Shamaine Kupeta is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: LINGUIST – ENGLISH – LEVEL 1. Congratulations Shamaine! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
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