Today’s Word: generalize

November 30, 2017     =========

☆  generalize  一般論を述べる


If you generalize, you say something that seems to be true in most situations or true for most people, but may not be completely true in all cases. So, for our topic of Praising Each Other this month, if you generalize when you praise (or criticize) someone, it’s not really that useful.

For example, if you want to know how your child is doing in school, and his teacher that generalizes by saying, “Most of the kids in the class are doing well at English.” as you can see, that is not very useful information!

So, if you ask someone for information about how you are doing at something, and they generalize when they give you a response, for example, “You’re doing great!” remember to ask them to be more specific. Ask them not to generalize, and to give you information that can really help you improve on your weak points and emphasize your strong points. 

See you next month! (Well, OK, see you tomorrow!)