Pitch Down

Today I had an appointment for an online lesson. After walking briskly for exercise, I got ready to take the lesson on Skype as usual. My teacher, who is in her 20's, is so punctual and sincere that I trust in not only her teaching skills but also character.

I was waiting for her call on time, but there wasn't any call from her. I made sure my schedule and I didn't find anything wrong. Then, I remembered the com@uter bug that had annoyed me before.
At that time my friend and I saw online marks-green ones; nevertheless, we didn't manage to contact each other. We didn't hear the sound of calling. I tired to log off and reboot, then finally the connection was made.
My computer is somewhat old type, so that kind of trouble occasionally happens. What's worse, its processing speed is terribly slow....

Anyway, I tried to log off and reboot my PC right away. I knew it would take some time and make her wait, but it couldn't be helped.
At last I received her call. (Incidentally, she actually tried to call me many times. I found her calls on its text board.)
Unluckily there were only three minutes left...> <; It wasn't enough to discuss or read the article she had sent me. As such I asked her to evaluate my current skills and give some advice.

She told me that I have a rich vocabulary and am familiar with reading articles. However, I have a prepensity to read some senteces in a monotonous and high-pitched voice.
As she pointed out, I'm liable to do that when I'm excited or something like that. She suggested I lower the pitch a little bit.

I asked her to teach how to read perfectly like a news anchor. Luckily she was willing to take on my request.^^ I have to practice and practice! hehe

That sucks!

I make a point of walking for exercise every morning. It was windy but the clear sky last Friday, so I had a whim to walk longer than usual. (I usually walk briskly about an hour or so)
After walking for about two hours, I got down to preparing for my English lessons. It was around noon at that time. As biting a few rice balls, I was preparing for that day's and the following day's lessons. At the same time, I was checking my E-mail and so forth on the Internet.

Then, I noticed that I'd had an appointment to take an online lesson at 14:00. I was panicked because I'd thought it would be at 15:00!! It was already 14:10! Oh, my gosh!!!! Immediately I clicked online button. Right away my teacher called me. It was totally my fault; nevertheless, she welcomed me warmly.
After I apologized for my mistake from the bottom of my heart, we got down to our usual lesson. Luckily I'd had read and made a summary of the article she'd sent me, and summed up my opinion, so we discussed the article smoothly.

Whew!....--; I took it to heart that I should make sure my appointments at least once every morning.

English knowledge no guarantee of success

Today I took an online lesson and we discussed " Required or not, English knowledge no guarantee of success."

I've taken the TOEIC test many times up to date. There are several reasons, one of which is to check my skills, for example.
Some say the score of the test is more or less meaningless. I believe, however, I have plenty going for me as an English teacher. Let me explain about it.

I'm not only an English teacher, but manager of my class. As such I have to run my own class. What's more, English conversation schools are filled to the brim nowadays. Consumers, parents in this case, have experienced eyes with which to choose one. To make a difference to my class, I've taken the test.
One more thing, let's take an example. Comparing an examinee who has over 900 with one who has around 600. I can say their English skills are different such as vocabulary, reading or listening skills. In fact, when I compare to my old self, my skills absolutely have improved.
Another example is here. If you'd like to make a big impression at the interview test, the score would be helpful.

Don't get me wrong. The score of the test is merely one of the measures. We must not directly regard high scorers as good performers on business or people who have practical English skills and enriched human depth.
I should brush up on teaching skills and encourage my students to keep learning English. They are my set-in-stone rules as a teacher. As an English leaner and manager, I'll, of course, take that kind of the test to inspire myself and to advertise my class.

Mama-friendships

I started my lessons for this academic year this month. I've been trying to find time for my routine of studying English even though I've been swamped with work and chores. lol
Taking online lessons is a part of my routine.

Yesterday I took a lesson. My teacher and I discussed the article she had sent to me.
It was about "Mama-friendships can be deceptive."
Some moms try to form small groups of other moms with their small children. They usually meet to play together at the play-ground, at the circles for moms and their kids and so forth. They can exchange information of rearing kids, kindergartens and whatever. What's more, they can help each other when they feel immense stress. As such mama-friendships are very valuable. However, occasionally the friendships could be troublesome.
It's true that there're moms who give peer-pressure to other moms in their groups and try to get the upper hand of them. They're apt to compare or compete with other moms in brand-name bags, high-end makeup and so on.

By and large, after getting married and giving birth, we, moms, most likely feel isolated from the society. What's worse, we're taking care of our babies around the clock, so we're liable to struggle against our stress or fatigue. That's why we need some help, and seek connection with the society and the place to stress out.

Yes, I was one of them after giving birth. To feel refreshed and spend time usefully, I was looking for something clubs related to English because I wanted to improve my English skills. Then I finally found the current workshop and have not only brushed up on my skills, but felt refreshed up to the present.
Luckily there's no that type of moms around me. We have various backgrounds and jobs. We always respect our wills and each opinion, so any conflict hasn't occurred.

If we seek real mama-friendships, we should compare or compete with our old selves and always respect others.

I've never heard of, nor learned about that.

Do you have any tattoos? I don't have tattoos, incidentally.

In Japan there're some people who have tattoos. Anyway do you know tattooing existed as the go-to form of punishment in the Edo period?

Here's an intriguing article...
By getting face tattoos
When reading it, I was surprised and ashamed of myself because I've never heard of, nor learned about it. Neither do many Japanese, I guess.

I associate tattoos with people who are members of the underworld syndicate called Yakuza in Japan.
As such I have a negative image toward tattoos. I know, of course, not only some musicians or artists, but young people also have tattoos to express their messages or show their identities. Anyway, the vestige of something in the Edo period might still be etched in Japanese DNA...
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