Backwards bike

English in Japan the sooner the better
English in Japan the sooner the better

This is a really interesting video on a man who learns to ride a bike that's handlebars turn the wheel the opposite direction to what you think.

There is lots I took away from this video and refreshed the ideas I have already had on the idea of learning.

One point he brings up is "knowledge does not equal understanding"

this is a valid point as he shows. He conceptually knows how to ride the backwards bike because he knows what’s happened to it, but he can not understand how to ride the bike. This Idea can be brought in to the context of English education, just reading lots of books on English and practising by writing or verbalizing in your head the sentences does not mean that you will be able to speak English.

Only being immersed in an environment where you can use those sentences and experiment with them do you gain understanding on how to use it and when to use it.

Another thing I took away from this video was no matter what the age we can learn new habits/skills but as a child our minds are more plastic and can learn new things faster, as is demonstrated when he tries to ride the backwards bike and he couldn't but he practised everyday and after eight months he was able to ride the bike. Where as his son who is three years old was able to start riding the bike after two weeks. So again in the context of English study; yes as we get older we can learn a new language ( I can justify this because as an adult I started learning Japanese) but learning language as a baby or young child will be a lot easier and free from the frustration that adults have.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the video please watch with subtitles if you find it difficult to listen to.

On another note I would like to thank Craig Hume for sharing this video with me.