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Language Dreams

One of the best experiences I had as a student was studying abroad. From a very young age, my dream was to live in a foreign country. I knew I had to work very hard in order to achieve my goal. When I was in middle school, I began studying foreign languages seriously, first Latin, which gave me a foundation in the Romance and Germanic languages, and later Spanish and French. When I found out I would be going to Mexico to study, I devoted my free time to learning about the culture and, most importantly, exposing myself to Spanish. I watched TV and movies in Spanish, I went to supermarkets that catered to Spanish speakers, I read books and practiced using Spanish everyday. My mother supported my efforts even though she couldn’t help me study since she hadn’t studied Spanish since high school. My efforts paid off and I became nearly fluent in Spanish while living in Mexico. What I want my readers to understand is in order to become a good language speaker, you must work hard and have discipline. Language learning takes time and dedication, especially outside of class. You will not become a proficient English speaker overnight and only in class once a week. You must work hard and do the best you can inside and outside of class.
by hello-eigo | 2015-01-27 14:14 | English Journal

Frustration!

Have you ever gone to another country where you didn’t really know the language and you had an emergency? What did you do to make yourself understood? Were you angry that people couldn’t understand you? Did you know a few words of their language and tried your best to convey what you needed? English can be frustrating but they key is to at least say a few words of what you need. For example, if you lose your cell phone, know words like “lost”, “cell phone”, and “help”. But what do you do when people begin talking to you quickly and you just can’t understand? My suggestion is to stay calm and know how to say “sorry, but I don’t understand. Please speak slowly.” Chances are, the person trying to help you will do that and be patient with you as you figure out your emergency together. I can relate to language frustrations. Not being fluent in a language can be frustrating but never give up learning and trying your best. The best time I had learning a language was when I was in Mexico. I had been there for about a month with other people from my university and we decided to go to KFC. Among all three or four of us, we knew a good amount of Spanish but not enough to order different cuts of chicken. A friend of mine wanted chicken wings but none of us knew the word for “chicken wings” in Spanish. So she acted out what she wanted, flapping her arms and pointing. The staff laughed at us, we laughed at ourselves and the other customers laughed too. It was funny and a great way to learn a language. My advice to you, don’t get too frustrated when learning English. Have fun with it just as my friends and I did with Spanish. It’s also a great way to make friends.
by hello-eigo | 2015-01-20 15:14 | English Journal

Becoming an adult

Yesterday was Coming of Age Day in Japan. Before I came here, I had no idea what it was. Some of my adult students described it to me and I thought it was nice that when people become adults in Japan, it’s celebrated. We become adults at age 18 in the U.S. but we don’t typically have a party to celebrate. Rather, depending on the family and culture, we have big parties at ages 16 and 21. Some families in the U.S. have parties for their kids when they turn 13 or 15 because in some cultures, those are viewed as the ages when kids become adults. Of course legally, they are still kids until they turn 18. I hope to one day be able to attend a Coming of Age Day ceremony in Japan because it sounds like it’s a lot of fun. What do you typically do after the ceremony? Do you have a party with friends and family?
by hello-eigo | 2015-01-13 13:52 | English Journal

New Year's Resolutions

It’s my second day back at school and I feel somewhat refreshed after my holiday. I didn’t do anything particularly special but it was nice nonetheless as I caught up on my sleep and did a lot of cooking. I ate traditional Japanese food and spent a lot of time with friends. I even got to visit a small shrine with an amazing view because it is on top of a mountain. Some of my wishes for the New Year already came true and I hope I am able to stick to my New Year’s resolutions. Do you know what a New Year’s resolution is? It’s one or more goals you make for the upcoming year. Most people are unable to stick to their resolutions because they are unrealistic or very difficult to accomplish. I never accomplish mine, but this year, I am absolutely determined. So far, it’s going well. What are your New Year’s resolutions? What do you hope to do this year that you weren’t able to do before? Good luck with whatever your goals are!
by hello-eigo | 2015-01-06 14:32 | English Journal


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