What the Heck!

The worst-case scenario happened to me.....

I had a car accident a week ago. It was my first experience and I NEVER EVER forget it!
This is the story:
When I was turning right at the intersection, the car had parked at a parking lot of the convenience store directly hit my car!
The traffic light was green and I made sure that there was no oncoming car or pedestrian. Just after I turned right, the car ran into my car! The car seemed to get in the opposite lane from the corner of the intersection. What the heck!
My car was too damaged to move at all. A lot of people around the business buildings were rush to help me out. Thanks to their help, we managed to park my car at the parking lot.
Fortunately, no one got injured....This is the only thing I can say, "I'm lucky."
As you can easily imagine, I needed to call the police, my car insurance agent and a tow truck and a rental car.....What with one thing and another, it took five hours after the accident happened!

The nightmare was going on. My car insurance agent called me and said, " In this case, it was the driver's fault. But, under the traffic law, it'll be a little your fault. And the repair cost will be 800,000 yen....Maybe, you'll have to pay the ten percents of the cost or so.... "

..............NO WAY!!!!........

But, I had my car inspected this February, so there was no choice but to repair.....
According to the agent, it will take about one month.....

I am missing my lovely car! Please come back soon!!

Got off to a Good Start....Maybe...

As I mentioned here before, I made a step forward. First, I took a language course for English teachers called TESOL. I belong to a private language company and have taken teacher trainings there. I have a certificate, but it applies to only my company. I don't have any official license like a teacher license and would like to learn about what teaching methods are like from scratch.
I have heard of TESOL before and had been curious to take the lessons. I was undecided to do because I wasn't sure if my English would be eligible for the course. Yes, I have to admit I was a coward. However, I changed my mind and decided to think positive. I said to myself, "Go for it." I don't have any scores on the TOEFL test or the 1st grade of the STEP test, so I had to take a test to see if I would be eligible or not
I was surprised to see I passed the test because I had thought I would have to take extra lessons to take the course. The writing scores was surprising me the most: I got almost full marks in the writing section. I have practiced writing skills on this site and the efforts might have paid off. haha
Anyway, I have started taking the lessons and already submitted some tasks to my tutor.
I found the course so interesting and rewarding. I am looking forward to my tutor's feedback!

Another is that I took the TOEIC test last month. Its part of the form has been changed and it means examinees would be required more practical English.
After taking the test, I had been totally desperate. My scores would be miserable....I had thought.
However, it wasn't at all. It wowed me and I was walking on air. lol
I am not still satisfied with the results, of course, because I know there are some weak points that I have to work on.

Well, it sounds a good start and I am trying moving on to the next stage!

Making a Step Forward

I finally made some time to write my article here. I've been swamped with chores and work. I was almost worn out, but I managed to survive.

The other day, a students of mine gave me a letter after her lesson. She's the same age as my son and hardworking. In fact, it has been only two years since she started to learn English at my class; nevertheless, she has a good command of English. I should say she's a quick learner as well as hardworking.
The letter she gave me said the following:

"I'm happy to learn English at your class and I hope I can use English like you. You're so lively that I'm amazed at your vitality every time I take your lessons.---Text partly omitted--- I want to be a ground staff working at an airport in the future, so I have to study harder. Besides, I hope I'll surpass you one day."

After reading this letter, I was so moved and saw her growth. I'm sure she'll pull it off. At the same time, thanks to her letter, I was inspired a lot. As I'm always saying, I love to try something new and interesting, and I stick to think positive.
I don't want to excuse myself for whatever I can't do.

For that reason, I made a step forward! hehe
I have a couple of things to try. I don't know how long it takes to attain my goals, but I moved forward.

More power to me!!!

There are Some Languages to Learn.

I started helping foreigners learn Japanese as a volunteer a few years ago. They have a variety of purposes to stay in Japan and they are hardworking. Every time I help them, their enthusiasm tells me how interesting it is to learn languages.
I help them, at the same time, I learn some phrases in their languages such as Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and so forth.
It might be a chance to start learning other languages. I know, of course, my English has yet to reach the native level, but I'm thinking of making a step forward. ;)

Schmoozing is in My DNA.

This is one of the things that I make a point of doing: Speaking English.

Some know I'm an English teacher and use English during my on-duty and off-duty hours. I'm lucky enough to use English every day and my brain is often confused whether Japanese or English is required. Having said that, I need to practice speaking and learn more to become a native-level speaker. Unless I stay abroad, I need to make the environment I use only English in Japan.

Last Wednesday, I took part in an English workshop. Luckily or unluckily, there were three of us on that day. I tried to talk with the other participants in English to the fullest. We caught up on each other and ended up carrying over the article we had prepared to the next meeting because of a lack of time.

The following day, I visited an English teacher who is from England to chat over coffee. Luckily, there wasn't no other visitor and I monopolized the teacher! hehe.

Yesterday, I skyped with one of my friends in America. We help each other with the languages we've learned. Whenever I have questions, he gives me a quick response, and vice versa.
We enjoyed skyping a whole lot.

It might sound a little bit weird to others, but I'm trying to be immersed in English as much as possible. XD
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