A medical checkup

This morning I headed for a hospital to take a medical checkup. I'm ashamed to say that it was the first time since quitting my previous job. When you get health benefits as a worker, you're required by law to take an annual health exam.

After quitting my old job, I was a stay-at-home mom, so I put it on the back burner. It was true that I was reluctant to take it because it was tiresome. Even I started my new career, I hadn't taken it for a while. (I work for a company, but I'm a manager of my class. As such I don't get benefits package.)

Well, I took a gynecological examination, a urine test, a body measurement and a blood sample. It didn't take as long as I had expected. I'm supposed to get the results in two weeks. Anyway, it seems that I'm fit as fiddle. ^^b

I wasn't allowed to drink, including alcohol, or eat anything from 9:00 p.m yesterday until this morning. As if I were on the wagon. Now it's time to lift the ban! lol

12月スケジュール ~マムズ~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 12th December 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥200 a participant

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 2(On the second floor)(!Not our usual room!)
We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

We spent quality time!

As I mentioned before, a native English speaker came over to our English meeting. He's from America and runs his business. In addition, he's been learning Japanese. Thanks to one of my friends, we got to know him.

Another native English speaker used to take part in our meetings, but he's gone back to his hometown due to his business. Ever since, we've been brushing up on our English skills at the meetings without native speakers.

On meeting him, I was so thrilled that I couldn't stop talking. I occasionally, of course, got tongue-tied and some expressions I said might have been odd to him..^^; I guess he might have struck me kooky. lol

Well, thanks to him, we asked about whatever we didn't understand such as expressions, words and pronunciation in the article a member had prepared. We were so lucky, weren't we. To add to that, we could practice listening when he was talking.

You can easily imagine we lost all track of time. I hope he'll take part in our meeting again.

11月スケジュール ~マムズ~

Here's our next English meeting.

Day and Time: 14th and 28st November 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥200 a participant

Place: Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room 1(On the second floor)

We've been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We take turns being a leader.)

If you're interested in our meeting or have any questions, please feel free to ask me. We always welcome you!

Note: If you're going to take part in our meeting, please contact me in advance to prepare papers for you.

!!!On 28th, a native English speaker is supposed to take part in our meeting!!!

Camaraderie

I had asked one of my fellow English-lovers to have a natter and discuss the article I'd chosen, so I called her on Skype.
We have chatted on Skype a few times to improve our English skills, speaking in particular.
We decided to discuss an article in order to build up a bigger vocabulary and speak logically.

This time I chose an article and we tried to discuss it. Digressing a little from the article during the discussion, we tried to do that.
At the end of our chatting, I gave a few tips of taking the STEP test, the 1st grade. I've just buckled down on preparing it though I've been learning vocabulary of its grade a little by little.

Thanks to her I realized that all I can do is to go for it!

175回 TOEIC 

Yesterday I took TOEIC test. Some might say, "You did it again? How many times did you take it this year?" In fact, my hubby said like that. lol

I was supposed to take the test next year. However, I was mortified at the last score, which I took the test in September. The Reading section was all-time high score to me, but the Listening one was an obstacle in my way. As such I squeezed into my schedule.

I felt that I did it well compared to the last. (You might as well not bank on it, though...)

Here's my review...

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Which one do you prefer?

Today I took part in the English workshop where I regularly participate. This time it was my turn to be a leader for the meeting, so I had prepared an article.

The article I had picked up was the following: Newsweek to end its print edition

There's a large variety of sources to know what's going on in the world; such as papers, TV or Internet. I'm ashamed to say, but I rarely read newspapers in Japanese. Rather than that, I make a point of reading and watching news in English. As to papers, I'm subscribered to The Japan Times Weekly. I don't have political nor economical knowledge at my fingertips, but I've been glommed onto reading it.
I, of course, surf several websites such as CNN, BBC and The Time as well. As you know, they-papers, Internet and TV etc- have relatively good points and bad points. I try to use them on my feet.

Anyway, when it comes to knowing news, it's to be kept constantly in mind that I shouldn't stick to only one source but see things in various lights.

We met again

Ever since I had a natter with one of my fellow English-lovers, I'd been longing for doing again. At that time I hit upon the idea we would discuss an article, and we decided to get a shot for our next chat on Skype.

Today was that day. On getting a call from her, I started having a natter as usual.
After about an hour chatting, we got down to the article she had sent me. The article was about McDonald's home delivery service. I've watched the news on TV before by chance, so I was intrigued to discuss it.

I felt fulfilled after hanging up. I really appreciate she squeezed into her schedule for this chat meeting even though she's been inundated with her work and so forth.

Next time it'll be my turn to pick up an aricle.

Change my nickname

Some might have noticed, though, I've changed my nickname, Rosily, for VibrantRose.

Actually, regarding Vibrant, I log on to Skype with the name. (VibrantTK) The reason why I've changed it was that I just had a whim to do that for a change. haha

Pleased to make your acquaintance!

As I had expected

Last night I got a text message from a mother whose daughter had taken the STEP test last month. As I had mentioned before, it was for the first time for not only her, but also me, as an English teacher.

She had been somewhat nervous, but I was convinced that she would sail through it. As I had expected, the text message said " She did it! Thank you so much for your support! She must make merry, I bet."

On reading the message, I was relieved and happy as if I was in the seventh heaven. As her mother said, she must be delighted with the result. (Now she's been out of our prefecture due to her school excursion.)
Right away, I put up a poster noted her success at the community center where I regularly teach English. I'm looking forward to meeting her at the next regular lesson.^^
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