Got down to dictation

As I mentioned yesterday, I got down to some dictation. It was quite interesting! lol I'll try to do as much as possible when I have time to trancribe a few English conversation from an English radio program.

>>>>>Business Communication in Action April 2nd, 2010<<<<<<<

1>> Put a premium on...

If you put a premium on something, you consideredit or designateedit as something very important or valuable.
Instead of "put a premium on", you can also say "place a premium on".

2>> Windy City

"Windy City" is one of the most well-known nicknames for Chicago. Some people think Chicago is called windy city because there is a lot of wind from オーフリック? off lake Michigan. But that's not quite true.
It really was developed in the 19c when Chicago was competing with New York to be considered as a great city. I think New Yorkers still look down on Chicago and called it windy city because the politicians talk so much trying to say how wonderful city is.
Another nickname for Chicago is "Second City". That would be second after New York. Also "CHI Town", the C-H-I from the beginning of Chicago.
"Chicago Land" which actually refers to Chicago this the city itself and the surrounding suburbs. It's a wide area.
And one more that people know is " City is of the Big Shoulders". And this comes from a poem by Carl Sandburg saying how strong and powerful but rough and rashraw Chicago was in its earlier days.

Uh....I need to practice listening carefully more and more.


I referred to "NHKビジネス英語を120%利用" to check my transcription.

I took over her workshops

As I mentioned yesterday, I'd like to talk about the English club I take part in on Wednesdays.

The organizer is supposed to move out of my prefecture, so she asked me to take over the club. I thought that would be too much for me because I don't have confidence in continuing the club like she did. However, the club is really indispensable for me. Ever since I met her at the club, I've been brushing up on my English skills and encouraged in learning English. But for her and the club, I wouldn't have attained current skills and made my circle of friends larger.
That's why I decided to take over the club.

In addition, she has another English workshop and asked me to take over it as well. At first, I was reluctant to do that because I'm not sure whether her students will be satisfied with my lecture. But, according to her, they're eager to learn English, so I decided to try to give my lessons to them.

I still, of course, have mixed feelings -hopes and worries-...However, I'll make all-out efforts to enjoy ourselves to our hearts' content. :D

Reconsidering my routine study of English

I've been reconsidering my routine study of English to improve my English skills.

Here is my routine study of English, including English clubs.

1, Reading English news papers. (I mainly read The Japan Times.)
2, Listening to an English radio program, which is for advanced level, with a text book.
3, Writing my journals in English and having them corrected by native English speakers.
4, Listening to CNN or BCC.
5, Taking part in a few English clubs to practice speaking English.
6, Watching the evening news in English.

As for NO.2, I wonder if I make the best use of it..... To built a bigger vocabulary and enhance my listening skill, I started to listen to the radio program. (Actually, I'd been hesitant to listen to the program with the text book because some sentences are relatively complicated and I hardly express in these ways. However, I changed my mind and decided to start to learning...)
I check new words and expressions, listen to the program, try to repeat after the voice and then read a vignette aloud. I'm not sure whether those ways are suitable to me. I meant even if it's a good text book and radio program, it would be inefficient when I adopt unsuitable ways for me...

What do you think?

Thanks to a native English speaker

Soon after I posted "Help me" on this site, one of my native friends helped me. (I usually post the same journal on other site and have them corrected.) He transcribed the following...


"Yes, we have. My husband and I used to eat out a lot more often, both because we enjoy trying new restaurants, and because of our busy work schedules. However we've been making an effort to cook at home more. We made the shift mostly for health reasons, but to be honest, it's nice to see how much money we're saving as a result. I like the challenge of finding the bargains at the supermarket, and turning them in to creative delicious meals. And my husband has gotten caught up in it as well. I'm sure this is nothing new to most people, but I'm glad we've made the shift to more cooking, and I've certainly made a lot of progress from my 20's, when I used to refer to the neighbourhood convenience store as my kitchen. "

I wanted to make clear "We made the shift mostly for health reasons." (In particular, "health")
Anyway, I was so relieved my listening was correct....lol

Help me!

Last year, I mentioned NHK radio programs for English learners. I started to listen to the Business English program. To enhance my listening skill and build up a bigger vocabulary, I added the program to my routine study of English.
Not only the radio program, but the Internet also is very helpful. The radio program has the Website version and we can review the lessons through the site. There aren't scripts on the page, so I very occasionally have trouble catching up the assistant's talk.( As for the vignettes, I can check them because I have text books.) In particular, I sometimes need to concentrate on her liaisons, although her pronunciation is quite clear and easy to understand. ( She's a native English speaker. Incidentally, the teacher is a Japanese man, so it's not hard to understand what he says.)

As for 30th December's lesson (You can listen to it until tomorrow on the Website.) I have a question regarding words. In her talk, I caught up "health reason" or something like that.( As I recall, she and her husband used to go out to have meal due to their work and busy schedules or enjoy trying to eat at new restaurants. That's around the talk.) However, I'm not sure whether it's correct. Her talk wasn't hard to listen and I understood it as a whole , but I want to make it clear in detail and be a nit-picking listener. Otherwise, my listening skill won't improve...

If you understand what she said, could you tell me?

The site is http://www.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/business2/index.html
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