I have studied English from junior high school to high school for six years. The main reason that I studied English was for the purpose of taking the university entrance exam. So I learnt many difficult phrases and long sentences like what the other Japanese did.But I forgot almost all of them. Studying English in Japan is impractical.
Then I saw a need to study English again two months ago. I began to study English for the first time in fifteen years. My own program to studying English is as below.
I read the books written for children or English students. For example Penguin Readers or Roald Dahl’s books. But recentry I have been reading various blogs since I don’t have much time.
As you can see, I write a post on this blog everyday.And I use lang-8, a community which helps people to learn foreign languages from each other. If you were to kindly comment something, it would imply that you could understand my diary.
I am listening to three podcasts while riding on the train to work.
1 Voa : American national news for English students
2 English as a second language : I cas listen to various conversations.
3 CNN student news : I can’t listen to even half of the content because it is spoken so fast.
But I can understand the contents through the video.
This is the most difficult part to learn. Because I have never talked with an English speaker and they don’t live around my house. But I will try the on-line English lessons the day after tomorrow. It takes 300 Japanese yen per 25 minutes which is one-tenth the cost to go to a normal commute English school. I am nervous in a sense but am looking forward to receiving the lessons. If I were able to speak English fluently, I wish to interact with many friends all over the world.
I have a dream.