Read this quote by Albert Einstein

1 Nov

Dear ELSA 3 Students,

I would like to share a quote that I read yesterday.  Please read it and then share your ideas and comments with me.

“You do not really understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother”- Albert Einstein

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What do you think this means?

Do you think that this is true?

Can you give an example of a time when you did this?

How can we use this famous quote when we are learning English?

Please write your comment and share it with your classmates.  I am looking forward to reading them. 




4 Responses to “Read this quote by Albert Einstein”

  1. Andrey November 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm #


    If you are really understand the essence of an object (event or process), then you can explain to easy.
    So simple that even grandmother will understand you .

    • Jen November 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Hi Andrey,

      Thanks for sharing your interpretation of the quote. I think that you explained it very well. I like how you described understanding the essence of something. I totally agree with you. If you are able to explain something in a simple way, then you truly understand something.

      Thanks for your thoughts,

  2. Standway November 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Hello Jinnifer, I’m Standway. In my opinion, it means that if you really understand something you can explain it to everyone who does not know about it. No matter what he asks you, you can make him known about it.

    • Jen November 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      Hi Standway,

      Thanks for sharing your opinion with us. I think that you described the meaning very well. I especially like your last sentence. If you can answer all the questions that someone asks you about something, then you really must understand the concept.


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