Sunday, October 16, 2005

English and me

Hi viewers!
This is the translated version from my Japanese blog which is on my webpage.

<At the time when I came to New York, of course I didn’t speak English at all. Therefore there always required some Japanese who could translate my Japanese to English whenever I was seeking some locals to play with. Luckily enough, I was in the Japanese school of New York, there was no anxiety for me to being left behind the class. In terms of my education around the class, I guess I seldom experienced how to grapple with my English around the clock. However, whenever you go out, you definitely come across the situation which is quite different from that of your own.
It’s a different country and all the sign boards are written in English everywhere around your neighborhood. There is no way that you can figure out. When you go shopping, or whenever you take the mass transit, like subway or bus, it is nothing but pretty inconvenient if you can’t conduct English. It's mostly that you could get somewhere in the end. I think the reason why I started to grapple with my English was coming from my strong desire, from those like I wished to learn English as soon as possible in order to get everything that I want, go everywhere that I like to without any problems, or to seek many people to talk with freely.

What I can surely say is it was nothing but TV did the trick for my listening practice.
At the beginning, it was all Greek to me whenever I watched TV, as if I were always feeling like who I was, where I was from. As time went by, I came to realize that I got the hang of the meaning of it in bits and pieces. Yet I’m still sure that it is vital thing to keep this feeling in your mind all the while.>


Saturday, October 01, 2005

I'm stuck right at the moment

Hi viewers,
I've been posting my messages for a year or so, and I'm really appreciated that some visitors linked to my web page, also a few anonymous gave me some comments regarding the issue that I had written over the past few months. It really spurs on me to update my blog no matter what the comments are. Also I've found that writing such kind of essays nurtures my English itself, and there's no way to hinder my educaion as well. Ok, let's refer to the topic. I'm now thinking of jumping into another pond where English is conducted on the daily basis. Actually I've been working as a debt collector over the past 2 years, but recently I've found that there's no way I could stick up for it. Because my working condition, such as salary and benefit are getting worse,and even more crucial for us employees to make ends meet every month. Actually I'm seeking another job by using my spare times, which could take place of what I'm doing right at the moment.

However, it seems so hard to get a decent job without getting some qualifications or expert skills, like computer's skill and stuff like that. Although I have a goal, I'm still not sure how I manage to get there. I've been learning English for about 5 years, and one day I made up my mind to immerse myself to the environment where English is also available in a work place. As I already mentioned in my previous update long time before, the reason why I've been learning English is just one thing. That is to say, as far as I'm concerned, studying English is not my hobby at all, it is kind of an index how to make the living in the future to survive in this society. To put it more specific, I want to pursue my dream like becoming a teacher or a translator where English and Japanese are conducting at the same time is inevitable. But it seems it's still a long way to go unless I retrain myself to acquire some expert skills as well as brushing up on my English, like I mentioned in the first place.

As the economy is getting downturn, what's more the employment rate is shrinking these days, and yet it haven't seen any signs of booming, what it seems to be is how extent you could acquire such kinds of expertise in order to survive in this society. But I'm still not sure how to tackle the issue, nor am I sure how it would be after graduating from those kinds of skills. Does anyone have some ideas how to become a self-educated in those fields like teaching or translating? Tell me about your ideas on that.
Alright, talk to you later!