2015/12/29

Looking back on my studying English of this year 今年の英語学習を振り返って

My family will leave for Kyusyu to visit my in-law's house today.

This is my last post of this year.

Looking back on my studying of English of this year.

It was hard for me as a mother, a housewife, and a woker, to make time to study English, but it has been enjoyable for me.

My target is to be able to speak English fluently to express my feelings well.

In order to make my dream  come true, I have been working on these challanging tasks:

1. Taking Skype lessons of online English conversation school

2. Writing this blog in English

3. Listening to the NHK radio English conversation programs every day

4. iKnow ( application for remembering vocabularies. I am studying with it in preparation for the  TOEIC test.)

5. Reading some online news written in English

6. Talking to an American frined with Skype

7. Practising listening using the application called TOEIC upgrader

It has been two years since I started studying English.

Thanks especially to the online English school, I think maybe I no longer have trouble with everyday conversation in English now.

But it still takes a long time to write this blog and I often have gramatical mistakes.

I have a lot of unknown vocabularies and expressions to learn.

I often can't express what I want to say and I often feel frustrated.

I felt like I couldn't go on any longer several times.

But thanks to all of you who visited my blog and gave me comments,  I was encouraged a lot.


I wrote that I have dreams in my blog before : http://a-o-j-m.blogspot.jp/2015/10/i-have-dreams.html

I have had the dream since I was a child.

I know this is an endless dream.

Actually, I like my current job very much though I have some complaints.

Since I am experienced in my job and I am blessed with my colleagues and office environment, I am hesitant about changing my job.

I think I don't need to change a job soon.

If I can find a job which I really want to try, I will try to apply for it.

Studying English is my life work.

But all I can do isin keep studying.

I think that English is a tool to communicate with a lot of people.

I might change how to study, but I will keep studying English next year.

I wish you all the best in the coming 2016!


I would like to write today's post in Japanese, too.

It is the first time since I started this blog because I want to leave a note of my feelings now.

( It is not a direct translation, but the meaning is almost same. )



今年の英語学習を振り返って

今年一年英語の勉強を頑張ってきました。

母であり主婦であり労働者である私にとって、英語の勉強時間を作ることは本当に大変でしたが、それもとても楽しいことでした。

私の目標は、「自分の気持ちを英語でスムーズに伝えられるようになること」です。

そのために、以下のことに取り組んできました。

 1.オンライン英会話レッスン

 2.このブログをできるだけ毎日書くこと(時々お休みしていますが・・・。)

 3.NHKのラジオ英会話を毎日聞く

 4.iKnowでの単語増強

 5.ネットの英語ニュース記事を読む

 6.アメリカの友人とスカイプで話す

 7.TOEIC Upgrader を聞く


英語の勉強を始めてから約2年が経ちました。

特にオンライン英会話のレッスンのおかげで、日常会話には困らない程度にはなれているかなぁ・・・と勝手に思っています。(aim talkさん、大変お世話になりました!)

けど、このブログを書くのにはまだかなり時間がかかりますし、しょっちゅう文法的にミスもしてしまいます。

知らない単語や表現については山ほどあります。

言いたいことが言えずに詰まるのはしょっちゅう、そのたびに悔しい思いをします。

何度も何度も挫折を感じ、自分には英語がペラペラしゃべられるようになるなんて、無理なんだ。。。としょっちゅう落ち込んだりもします。

けれど、このブログの読んでくださる方々がいらっしゃり、コメントや励ましの言葉をいただいたりしたことに、私は本当に励まされ、「また頑張ろう!」と思えるようになりました。


以前ブログの記事に、英語を活かした仕事に就きたい!と大それた望みを書いてしまいました。

それは私の子供の頃からの夢なんです。

そして、見果てぬ夢であることも分かっています。

今経験が必要な仕事についていることもあり、また今の仕事の環境や良い同僚に恵まれていることもあり、転職は私にとってリスクが大きく、さらに英語力に大きな不安もあり、挑戦したいことではあるけれどもためらっている、というのが実情です。

また自分のスキルに不安がある今、すぐ転職に踏み切る必要はないとも思っています。

今私にできることは、ただ勉強を続けることだと思います。

英語はコミュニケーションをとる上でのツールでしかなく、さらに仕事ではそれ以上の能力を求められます。

勉強方法は模索しながら変えていくかもしれませんが、来年も勉強をあきらめずに続けていきたいと思っています。

一人の平凡な母親の長い長い日記を読んでくださった皆様、本当にありがとうございます!

来年もよいお年をお迎えください!





 
 

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  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    You are doing very well with your English studies and I hope you are able to get to the level of fluency that you are happy with. For only two years of study it is very impressive.

    Here is a list of some of the issues found in the post:

    This line:
    Looking back on my studying English of this year.

    Should be:
    Looking back on my studying of English this year.

    This line:
    In order to make my dream come true, I have working on these challanging tasks:

    Should be:
    In order to make my dream come true, I have been working on these challenging tasks:

    This line:
    4. iKnow ( application for remembering vocabularies. I am studying with it for preparing TOEIC test.)

    Should be:
    4. iKnow ( application for remembering vocabularies. I am studying with it in preparation for the TOEIC test.)

    This line:
    6. Talking an American frined with Skype

    Should be:
    6. Talking to an American friend with Skype

    This line:
    Especially, thanks to the online English school, I think maybe I don't have trouble with everyday conversation in English now.

    Should be:
    Thanks especially go to the online English school, I think maybe I no longer have trouble with everyday conversation in English now.

    This line:
    I have a lot of unknown vocablaries and expressions.

    Should be:
    I have a lot of unknown vocabularies and expressions to learn.

    This line:
    I often can't express what I want to say and I often feel frustrating.

    Should be:
    I often can't express what I want to say and I often feel frustrated.

    This line:
    Since I have a long experience of my job and I am blessed with my collegues and office environment, I am hesitating about changing a job.

    Should be:
    Since I am experienced in my job and I am blessed with my colleagues and office environment, I am hesitant about changing my job.
    I think I don't need to change my job soon.

    This line:
    But what I can do is only to keep studying.

    Should be:
    But all I can do is keep studying.

    This line:
    It is the first attempt since I started this blog because I want to leave a note of my feelings now.

    Should be:
    It is the first time since I started this blog because I want to leave a note of my feelings now.

    This line:
    ( It is not a translation directly, but the meaning is almost same. )

    Should be:
    ( It is not a direct translation, but the meaning is almost same. )

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    1. Thank you Terry!
      Actually I had studied English for 6 years when I was a students.
      When I was in a high school, I majored English but I gave up studying it because it was too difficult for me.

      I restarted studying English 2 years ago.

      I would like make it clear about this,

      This line:
      Especially, thanks to the online English school,

      Should be:
      Thanks especially go to the online English school,

      What does this "go" mean?
      Does it mean "I go to the online school"?
      I always take the online English lessons at home using Skype.
      If so, I think it is a little different.

      I have another question.
      Doesn't it need "to" inf front of "keep"?
      I thought "keep" is a verb, so "to" is needed.

      This line:
      But what I can do is only to keep studying.

      Should be:
      But all I can do is keep studying.

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    2. Hi Kumi-san,

      On to your question about go:

      With the line:
      Thanks especially go to the online English school

      "go to" is being used to indicate a direction as in:

      I go to the market everyday.

      When go to is used in this way the word to is often short for toward:

      For example:

      I go toward the market everyday.

      Instead of using go to, I could have used:

      Thanks especially should be given to the online English school.

      You when using "be given to" or "go to", you are generally indicating that some action is being directed towards something or someone, in your case the action of thanking the online school.

      With the question about "to" in front of keep.

      So in this line:

      But all I can do is keep studying.

      Technically using to in front of keep is grammatically correct (in the case you used) however you can in this case omit the to. The reason is because the word "is" indicates what you want to do after it.

      Example:

      I like reading, to get better I must keep studying.

      In this case there is no to in front of keep and if there were it would not sound correct.

      Remember that keep has a few major ways that it can be used:

      To Keep - Be in possession of.
      To Keep - Meaning To Continue.
      To Keep - To do something repeatedly.

      Here's an example of each type being used:

      I keep all my children's photos in a box. (This version of keep is being used to indicate you have something or are in possession of something)

      The traffic will keep/continue increasing. (This version of keep is being used as a replacement for continue).

      My children love movies they keep watching them. (This version of keep is used to indicate that something happens regularly and repeatedly.)

      Also I am not certain but in the sentences:

      But what I can do is only to keep studying.

      But all I can do is keep studying.


      Hope this is not to confusing a post Kumi-san. If anything is not clear or needs further explanation please let me know.

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  2. Ignore the text near the bottom of the previous post, it was included accidentally:

    Also I am not certain but in the sentences:

    But what I can do is only to keep studying.

    But all I can do is keep studying.

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    1. Thank you Terry for explaining my question in detail.
      I can clear it!

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