motivate & convince

bubu   Wednesday, February 02, 2005, 23:32 GMT

Can any one tell me how I can teach a student about the difference in the usages of these two verbs - 'Motivate' and 'convince'

Helen   Wednesday, February 02, 2005, 23:59 GMT
motivate: to provide (somebody) with a motive or incentive to do something.

convince: 1) to cause (somebody) to believe or accept something.
2) to persuade (somebody) to a course of action

source: oxford dictionary
Easterner   Thursday, February 03, 2005, 08:47 GMT
As I see it, motivation is the act of making somebody enthusiastic about doing something, and can be done through actions (like setting challenging tasks, or, at a workplace, an appropriate system of rewarding) and words (like compliments or encouragement), usually both at the same time. It is not so overt, you don't say to somebody "I want to motivate you" - instead, you simply make them feel motivated by the way you act or speak. Convincing is a more overt action, you actually want to talk somebody into doing something, or change their present course of action or thinking - you operate with arguments, not encouragement or compliments. I think it is best to explain it along what "tools" you use in doing the one or the other.
Bubu   Thursday, February 03, 2005, 22:58 GMT
Excellent !!!

Dear Easterner, Thank you so much. You have given excatly what I was looking for.

Thank you again. By the way, are you a native speaker of English? Are you a teacher too?
Easterner   Friday, February 04, 2005, 11:30 GMT
You're welcome! By the way, I'm not native (I'm Hungarian), but have been learning English long enough to pass for one - hopefully. :))) And I used to be a teacher, although I'm no longer, I have specialised in translation lately.
Xatufan   Friday, February 04, 2005, 23:44 GMT
You have a REAL genetic problem! (I'm talking about the three mouthes in your smile)