How to Begin Ei Pra

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❸ Select a Course and Sign Up

Before Choosing a Course

Relax. Feel at ease to decide a course. You will get support and encouragement along each Trail.

Well, that said, making a decision makes you feel anxious. There is more mental friction that you expect.
Paying for the course you think is suiting stimulates your self-judgment. You might think that you have to benefit from it or continue it until any achievement is made.

No worries, let those pressures go.

Ei Pra is a social support activity run by the Empatheme Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization. We sincerely hope you can learn to practice. It is the empathy and commitment that drive our endeavor to serve the world we live together.
We produce all the Ei pra contents that you get with this mind of helping, sharing, and serving, not pushing you to buy.

 

Please imagine yourself sharing your experiences and helping others to remove the barriers of self-judgment. Unlearning self-judgment is a fundamental step of practicing (Link: “Method to Create a Moment”).

Choose a course, and sign up with your empathy, a feeling of being together. It gives you the power to stay calm and focused. (Link: “Sharing Mind”)

When you start something new, your body and mind don’t quickly get used to it. That’s why you don’t jump into a hot bath or cold pool all of a sudden. Likewise, a warm-up is essential in any exercise. Please use the first seven days as a time to adapt yourself to Ei pra.


(You have a 7-day free trial period. Before you start, an orientation for the practice is available to try the practice method.)


Once you get used to your practice, things get much easier than you imagined at the beginning. The key to any practice is to begin and to avoid overthinking. Overthinking rather increases the hurdle to initiate. However, very little attention has been paid to this simple act of beginning, resulting in the absence of a way to overcome it.


Ei Pra provides you with a place to share your Empatheme from the beginning. You will already be helping others who are practicing with Empatheme when you start it. Again, relax. You’re not alone.

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Unique Approaches to Support Your Practice

① Create the Moment

Empatheme creates moments in a natural flow only when you are calm and engaged. It is a patented invention that helps you rest your self-judgment and use the flow for effective practice.

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④ Support for Practice

Each day, we deliver one Empallet—a short story that supports your practice—to you. You can easily find the Empallet for the day on the Empatheme app.

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⑤ One Per Day

Keep your Empacards (Ei pra Theme Cards) in the same place. Sit quietly and pick up the card for the day; they are all palm-sized. Keeping it simple makes a place and posture for practice.

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Ei Pra Trails

Your everyday practice will connect those 100 theme cards like a single path.

We call the course of daily practice a “Trail.” Before you, there will be a trail to walk that guides and accompanies you. Once you have walked through, the trail comes behind you. It is the path that you have made with your experience of practices. Let’s walk along with the theme card every day. It’s going to be fun!

Select a Course That Matches Your Learning Pace

Let’s “walk” the Ei pra Trail one by one.

You will walk through a hundred theme cards, divided into three Trails.

You can select a course from the following options (there are three Trails in total):

Walk slowly: One card over two days. This course covers Trail 1 in three months.

Walk steadily: One card per day. You will walk through each Trail three times. It will take you four months to complete a Trail and a year to finish all Trails.

Walk quickly: One card per day. One card per day. You will receive two types of tips every day. You will be quickly walking through three of the Trails in four months.

Repeat and reflect on your practice daily, and review them every week. A cycle of repetition and reflection trains your mind.

Course Selection & Overview

Ei Pra is designed to maximize repetitive processes. An accumulation of minimal moments makes powerful effects.

Essence of Ei Pra

Method to Create a Moment

Why Practice Fails
To learn is to practice. But starting something up is not that easy. It’s also very hard to keep the practice go on. Along the way, your challenge often fails. Why?

Since childhood, you have been in the habit of judging efforts by your achievements. Naturally, you are unconsciously seeing the desired result as the only “correct answer.” But soon, you may realize that the “desired result” is not easily reachable. And you think, “things don’t work the way I want.”

You do want to improve. You also know you need to keep in practice. But, in fact, the more you think of trying harder, the harder everything gets.

What’s holding you back here?

It’s your self-judgment. Judging your practice, good or bad, right or wrong, leads you to its failure. And without knowing, this judgmental mindset becomes the most troublesome barrier for you.

No matter what your goal is, it creates a gap between your target and your present self.
When the practice slows down or gets stuck, your self-judgment comes in.
The amplified anxiety and irritation then start giving you reasons to quit practicing: “I’m too busy,” “I’m not good enough.”

 

Unlearn Self-Judgment
In essence, practicing is simple. It is not about judging how you are doing, but moving your body and keeping doing it every day.

Self-judgment often creates unnecessary thoughts and worries. These subtle feelings eventually add up to a massive hurdle over which you stumble, hindering your actions.

You might think that to practice is to do something repeatedly to acquire skills. But, to do so, you first need to “practice” unlearning self-judgment. Although crucial, we somehow always exclude this step of practice, failing every time.

No worries; you are not alone.

Self-judgment is human nature that everyone develops through everyday life. You can neither control nor get rid of it. But you can always overcome the barriers that self-judgment creates in your subconscious mind. That means unlearning self-judgment releases you from overthinking. Then, by the time you realize it, you will be in the habit of practicing already.

 

Create a Moment

That being said, putting aside self-judgment is challenging. So, let’s take a step back. The problem lies in our daily lives. The contemporary world fills you with everything that keeps you busy. Eventually, overloaded information stimulates your self-judgment.

Can you give yourself a moment to do nothing? Literally, just one second or two? You would ask: “Wait for what??” Look, modern life leaves little room in your mind to rest even for a second. Waiting is what your brain needs now.

The more input, the more worries. The more worries, the less output. Giving an output of your action is much harder than you might think.

Output refers to every action that you practice physically. Examples include breathing and vocalizing. Relaxing is also an output because you create a small moment through your body. We’re so used to absorbing other people’s words but not taking the time to practice ourselves. We usually don’t practice giving an output, like vocalizing.

So, what do you need now? The answer is to create such a moment.

 

Go With the Flow

How can you change the way you live your life? Actually, You can’t.

Let’s face it: you can’t change your environment; you can’t change your past. The only thing you can change is your next action. Let’s now focus on how to create a moment.

Just sit still and relax. Focus on the output from your body. And shut out any input. Don’t search for knowledge. Your action here is just to let such a moment happen.

Keep the moment short, so that you can stay still. It will flow into a sequence of calmness.

Empatheme is a patented invention that creates such moments in a natural flow. It is a unit of interactions captured in a sequence. These interactions, the moments you practice, are recorded, measured, and organized with a visual representation.

The Empatheme Method helps you practice releasing you from self-judgment. It then allows you to maximize output through vocalization and cultivate your mind through daily practice. Therefore, practicing to learn a language is one of the perfect situations to apply this method.

The method guides you through each step of practice: relax, create moments, give outputs, and reflect them. The practice of acting with imagination utilizes your empathy, which is, again, human nature. This whole process promotes your progress.

The moments you created are used in the form of Empatheme. You can share your practices with others who practice alongside you or support you. Practice Empatheme, all you need to do is to go with the flow.

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One Million Times of The Output-Input in a Natural Flow

Practice “Seed by Seed”
“Knowing words is what lets us speak.” Is this true? You might say, “Yes, we are speaking with the words we know.” But this is actually false. “We can speak because there exists someone whom we talk to.”

Having a vocabulary per se does not let you speak. You can vocalize and use a word only when there is a recipient of it. This recipient can be a human, including yourself, a living thing, or even an object. In other words, you speak to others because of their existence, and not your ability to talk.

Being other-self comes first not only in communication but also in learning. You learn to think through the imagination of interacting with others. You learn to listen through imagining yourself speaking. Likewise, because of your ability to vocalize, you can reversely hear others speaking.

Understanding something is an act of putting yourself in others’ shoes and doing the reverse. The innate human ability of empathy, a sort of imagination, plays a crucial role in language learning.

The Method of Ei Pra

The heart of Ei Pra (“Learn to Practice English with Empatheme Method”) is a “Seed.” A Seed represents an expression that can be said in one breath; native English speakers give you a sample for each Seed. Ei pra encourages a Seed-by-Seed practice, where a Seed is a unit of practice.

Also, a Seed represents a concept of growing your potential. Growing actual seeds requires you to plow the soils and be caring and patient. Likewise, a Seed is a line of words that you practice repeatedly. Your recitation and imagination bring life to it. Acting matters because it turns on your imagination.

We call the course of daily practice a “Trail.” Before you, there will be a trail to walk that guides and accompanies you. Once you have walked through, the trail comes behind you. The trail that you have made with your experience of practices.

One hundred of theme cards, which you practice one per day, include:

・2,500 Seeds in a dialogue/monologue format compiled for three Trails
・Reference Seeds arriving every day (on the Empatheme app)
・21,000 syllables – a unit of pronunciation

Vocalizing A Million Times
Each theme card contains over 200 syllables with roughly 25 Seeds. If you follow our guide, you will be practicing the input-output of these 200 syllables 14 times in a row. Let’s do simple math. Within a 15-minute-long practice a day, your input-output reaches 3000 times. You will then have done more than a million input-output times in a year if you walk through three trails.

Maximize your limited time. The number of times you listen to and vocalize English rhythm and sound and reflect on them matters. Conventional learning methods care more about what’s been taught than how learners can practice.

Strengthen Connection
Not only quantity but also quality does matter. Seeds are useful expressions you will use shortly. Some encourage you. Some inspire you. Some help you release your self-judgment. Two thousand of them are in a dialogue format, and the rest are in monologue, while you do self-searching.

Each Seed comes with a word of advice on pronunciation, meaning, and how you can enjoy learning.
Through Empallet, the Empatheme app delivers a short story (reading time: 1-2 minutes) that inspires your practice every day. You can assign a strong impression to each Seed by enjoying those stories. The more you interact with Seeds, the more the connection with them grows. Ei pra enhances the linkage between you and Seeds.

Let Your Practice Keep Going

The Empagraph is a Mirror

There could be a busy day where you can’t “create” a single moment for your practice. You will mark zero output.

No worries. You just need to try not to continue the break.

Empagraph is where you can listen to the Seeds. It’s also where you can reflect on your practices.

The green bars represent your attitude and the environment surrounding the practice you made.

・Clear (The level of the quietness of your surroundings)
・Calm (The level of relaxedness)
・Continuous (The level of the duration of practice)
・Constant (The level of consistency)

Without such a mirror, it would be hard to know about your practice. Empagraph helps you observe yourself and doesn’t serve as a grade or evaluation. Likewise, it reflects anything that has been changed.

 

Grow Your Seeds

The practicing process is like taking care of your plants. It’s visualized and displayed through Empagraph. For example, each Seed comes with a seed icon. Its content is shown in the way you vocalize it.

The advice for each Seed is marked with icons like💧, 🌱,🍀. You can also mark your Seeds with a leaf icon when you look back on it. Self-judgment grows weak when you interact with nature: when you water, take care, watch over its growth every day.

A brown line, representing the soil, is the day without a practice. Imagine yourself forgetting to water your plant for a long time. Yes, it will wilt. The green bar in Empagraph, representing “Constant,” also decreases. What matters is not your hard work, but your consideration for someone else, which weakens your self-centered attitude.

Practice Empatheme to create a natural flow with a calm atmosphere, resonant voice, and body movements. You don’t need to work hard to create it. They will happen spontaneously. Review the Seeds in the Empatheme every day. You can imagine yourself making small changes in each Seed that block your self-judgment intervention. Your practice will continue with the feeling of continuation.

 

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Science Empowers Your Practice

Figure 1 shows changes in how students (A to K) who tried Ei pra performed in their practices. They practiced fifty Seeds four times in a week.

The first time, they read each Seed by themselves.
The second time, they practiced with native English samples.
The third time, they received both written and video instruction (“mini pra”) from Ei pra.
And the last time, they practiced speaking each Seed with feeling, following additional video instruction.

This is a summary of data on each student speaking over fifty phrases.
Their speaking speeds have increased by 29% on average. And every student acquired a closer speaking pace to that of native samples, despite individual variations. These results show that setting a proper place to practice leads you to improve even in a short period.

Figure 2 represents how a native speaker and Student D, who achieved a rapid improvement rate, pronounced the vowel “or” as in “work.” The upper and lower graphs show those of a native speaker and Student D’s fourth time, respectively. The second and third “formants,” characterize the sound “or.”

The patterns indicate the differences in frequency when vocalizing vowels; you make a large resonance cavity when your tongue is placed back in your throat, while you create a small resonance cavity when your tongue stays at the fore of your mouth. You can see a clear difference as circled in blue. You can see a clear difference as circled by blue.

(*Formants are frequency patterns of sounds that characterize pronunciation.)

Figure 3 all students and native speakers. The horizontal axis shows the second formant’s frequency, while the vertical axis represents the third. The blue dots are the students, and the red dots are the native speakers.

We can’t spot any student data in the native area circled by the red dots. The vowel “or” requires you to pull your tongue back towards your throat and make the sound resonate inside your mouth. Since there is no such pronunciation in Japanese, presumably, the students pronounced the word “work” in the way they speak Japanese.

A student (e.g., Student A) approached the English native sample each time they repeated.

Native Japanese speakers tend to pronounce English in the way they speak or read Japanese, using Kanamoji, a set of Japanese characters.
Despite knowing that, there has not been a viable method to prove it with statistical data.

However, using this visualized Empatheme data, you can now see the progress of your practice. This method is useful to not only feel your improvement but also give teachers and supporters a fair picture of how students or learners are performing in their practices.

We will further develop this science-based learning method. And your participation is key to both your and our improvements. We will apply data science to speech/language analyses to improve the learnings of any language.

You will surely enjoy your practice, which will also help other participants. The sense of sparing a few seconds to share words serves our society.

Figure 3 shows students (4 times for 11 students) and the native speakers. The horizontal axis shows the second formant frequency, and the vertical axis shows the third formant. The blue dots are students, and the red dots are native English speakers.

There is almost no student data in the native area indicated by the red dotted frame. Pulling your tongue towards your throat and make it resonate. There is no such vocal sound-making in Japanese. Instead, presumably, the sound of the word “work” in Japanese affected.

A student (e.g., Student A) approached the English native reference each time he repeated.

 

There are many cases where Japanese pronounces English in the way they speak or read Japanese. The utterance of Kanamoji (Japanese characters) characterizes the English pronunciation of Japanese natives.

Despite this fact, there has not been a viable method to clarify it with statistical data. By using Empatheme data, visualized this way, you can see the progress of their practice. Whether it’s a group or an individual, this is a useful method for them to feel their improvement. It gives those who teach and support their practice a powerful tool.

We will further develop the learning method based on scientific approaches. With your participation, let us promote self-learning. Let us use the data science for speech/language, among all who practice English (or any second language).

You will enjoy your participation, and it will also help the other participating practitioners. The sense of sharing words for a few seconds serves our societies.

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Sharing Mind Inspires Your Practice

Empatheme Energizes Practice

Ei pra allows everyone to support each other’s English practice using Empatheme. With anyone you’d like to practice with, join the “Walk Together” to share your practice experiences and support each other.

You can see their seeds in your “Connection” of the Empagraph. You don’t need to do anything special. Stay focused on your practice, and feel the people who are practicing along with you too. Empathy arises when there is a comfortable distance.

Don’t try gaining anything from others. Instead, try giving a few moments of yours to them and speak up a few seeds. Being thoughtful to others brings along small thoughts to yourself, easing your self-judgment.

We are captive of pressuring ourselves, telling ourselves that we must “do better” and “work harder.” But a mind filled with those self-centered pressures does not help your practice. Instead, a small act of giving your time and sharing your voice will prevent inaction because you have your self-created barrier.

 

How Seed-by-Seed Sharing Works

You can share your seeds with others and exchange some words for talking about them. This conversation is different from SNS. It’s instead an act of snuggling up to each other through the seeds planted by their practices.

Then, share inspirations you drew from the seeds. Sharing the same experience of looking back on the seeds is a powerful practice. It reproduces the dialogue in your mind, strengthening the ties of the words in yourself.

Share Trail Experiences

You can also interact with people walking along the Ei pra Trail and share your seed experiences. Ei pra serves as a community where participants can walk the Trail together. Ei pra will be an excellent place to learn for everyone, from a learner to a teacher and supporter, through their interactive support.

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Connect Our World With Your Empatheme

Use Empatheme in societies
Empatheme is a medium that lets you express, record, and share your practices using a standard unit. It is also data on users’ daily learning process stored in a common form. Everyone can learn English and practice it daily without spending much money.

Empatheme hugely contributes to society by bringing a new path to achieve solid progress within a limited time and energy.

 

The goal of Ei Pra
Ei Pra is an initiative run by Empatheme Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization. You can download the Empatheme app, which uses our patented invention, from the app stores. (Apple and Google)

We provide Ei Pra the Empatheme app for free to keep Ei Pra affordable. We also made the content of Ei pra as accessible as possible. With a small participation fee (about one dollar per day), we can create a place where anyone can share their practices without worry.

Our goal is to promote Ei Pra as social innovation. Anyone can join, practice, and share their Seeds through Ei Pra. Their data on Empatheme will then contribute to further research and serve their society. Please become a part of this big contribution to research!

 

Let’s Share Our Research Results
The first goal is to collect Empathemes of one thousand participants for scientific research.

The research will help us create a more effective method to learn English.

Ei Pra is the world’s first attempt to connect people around the globe with Empatheme.

With Empatheme, your practice can help others’ practices. We invite you to take part in the innovation to serve your communities like this!

 

Collaboration/Project
Empatheme leaves and shows your everyday practices visibly. Daily practice, with trial and error, matters more than getting a result.

You can get valuable information from Empatheme to support individuals and groups (we will post more cases shortly).

We are looking forward to your participation. We welcome anyone, including individuals, schools, companies, research institutions, and local communities. Please feel free to contact us.

 

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