With My Lovely Friends

I often help foreigners study Japanese. I can't make it regularly because of my work, but luckily I made some time for the class today.
This time, I helped two siblings from Nepal, who are a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. They came to Japan about 6 months ago and have been studying Japanese. Luckily, they understood English, so I used Japanese and English during the session. Basically, the staff members of the Japanese class should use only Japanese during each session to immerse the students in Japanese. However, we should use other languages to help complete beginners understand words correctly and smoothly, depending on the situation although we can't use their mother tongues such as English all the sessions, of course.
A staff member had told me they would be complete beginners and that they might be able to communicate in English somehow. But we had had no idea how well they would use and understand English.

At the beginning of the first session, we introduced ourselves in Japanese. They have already learned how to greet and say their names.
They were super beginners, but I was surprised to see how fast they learned new words and expressions. They must be quick learners, very studious and pure. In fact, they are eager to study at Japanese junior or high schools. Their enthusiasm to learn Japanese will absolutely improve their skills at warp speed.

Whelp, I hope they will enjoy the process of learning Japanese and get acclimatized to life in Japan.

Thanks to my friends

As I told here, I decided to spend as much time as possible for myself such as brushing up on my English or chilling out.

This morning, I helped foreigners with their Japanese study as a volunteer. I didn't manage to have time to visit them regularly because of my work. Finally, I made it today. It was my first session this year and I was thrilled to see the students and the stuff members.

I love to meet new people and see my lovely friends. While I was interacting with them, I felt I was being rejuvenated. I don't want to sound that it is an overstated expression, but actually I felt like that.
After the session, a few friends and I had lunch together and chatted to my heart's content.

Getting home, I was overflowing with joy and energy. Thanks to my lovely friends, I seemed I have been able to recharge my batteries. ;)

Like my hardworking students

This season of the year in Japan, many students who are in the 3rd year of junior or high school would be fretting about the entrance exams of the school their choices, and so are several students of mine.

They have been slogging away at study to pass the exams and further more in order to achieve their dreams. I am always learning something from their attitudes, and I try to expand my knowledge and improve my English.
Having said that, as the proverb says, "Easier said than done." I am liable to spoil myself and to gloss over my weakness I mean I am apt to excuse myself for being lazy.

Last year, actually, I was so inundated with work and chores that I couldn't make enough time for myself. In fact, my super busy days caused health problems such a slight cold, and deprived me of my enthusiasm about English. I was apt to put it on the back burner. It was clear that I couldn't manage my time.
That is why I decided that I should chill out and spend time for myself, for studying English in particular, this year!

Oh, don't get me wrong. I never slack off my lessons, of course. lol

Being immersed in English

I have written about this many times here, but let me bring it up again: How do I immerse myself in English every day.

I am an English teacher and regularly take on translation assignments in English, so I am lucky enough to be able to use English every day. What's more, thanks to my friends from overseas, I have more opportunities to use English than before. To brush up on my English, I make a point of reading the papers, watching and listening to English materials as well as writing my entries in English on my blog.

Lately, I started to watch English TV programs on NHK satellite. I didn't use to watch its programs, but the other day I decided to watch one of the channels on a whim, and I found that it would be helpful for me not only to improve my English but also to learn about what is going on in the world. It broadcasts news from all over the world such as America, England, Australia, India, and U.A.E-you name it.
On top of that, we can even watch old movies.

I'm not very fond of morning TV shows which are like attention grabbing Instead of these programs, don't you think it is well worth watching the above ones?

I turned over a new leaf.

My family spent our quality time with the in-laws for the New Year's holidays.

Before visiting the in-laws, I was actually hell-bent on being a perfect mom and wife. I have to admit that I might have been a perfectionist. In fact, I had too much on my plate; nevertheless, I thought that I should do everything. What was worse, I expected my family too much about everything, and chided my son for trifling matters as if I were a micromanager. It is clear that I was terribly self-centered.

Thanks to my son's letter I wrote here in late December and the time I spent with the in-laws, I was able to take another look at myself again and feel totally refreshed.

Ever since my family came back to our house, it seems that my way of thinking might have been changed. Maybe I haven't felt stressful at all because I think "You-my son, should decide and follow your decisions" instead "I should do", and I talk to myself: "Do I have too much on my plate?"and "Is this the thing that I SHOULD do now?" It might seem like that I am a drama queen, but it is a huge burden off my shoulders!

In addition, I am telling to myself: "Take it easy" and "Things will work out".

Be happy, be positive, and enjoy every single moment.
This is my motto.
     
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