Monday, January 09, 2006

New Year's resolution

A Happy New Year!
Today I'd like to address my new year's resolution.
As you know, I'm from Japan, and I've been learning English as my second language. I have one goal in phase of learning English.
The first and most important is to meet a lot of foreigners from all over the world. The goal is not only for brushing up on my English on the daily basis, but for articulating my thoughts about social topics in order to exchange fully. I'm also interested in learning new things, like your curtural or historical aspects in your daily lives. Also I can help you out with your new language if you are eager to study Japanese.

However, there is a problem. Recently I've found that I'm still blind about formal expressions in English. Sometimes I speak English with fluency, but I feel I might have offended some people due to my improper language. I think I might make them feel annoying from time to time, as I was using rude language unconsciously.
In fact, using a new language properly is always challenging, as you know. What's more, our national and cultural backgrounds are different, so it's not an easy task to know each other for better understand.

In order to achieve this aim, I set up a new plan this year. I bought a book that describes specifically about making speeches in public. Needless to say, I'm not a politician, nor am I a government official. But speaking in formal is indispensable these days, if you'd like to offer new comers to Japan with generous welcome. Your language and behavior should be with the utmost discretion whenever you meet foreigners.
With this in mind, I started learning speeches by listening to native speaker's recordings. By the end of this year, I'll make a friend in order to communicate sheer English, both on the daily basis and in specialized matters.
Thank you