How to study English outside of class etc...
※Be careful when to use an article!
Ex; a, the, some, any, (countable), (uncountable), (no-article)
Exercise -feel a nuance between A and B-;
A:I need some paper.
B:I found the bill among your papers.
A:Do you have room for this sofa?
B:My new apartment has 5 rooms.
A:It's made of glass.
B:We need 3 more glasses.
A:I love bitter chocolate.
B:I gave her a box of chocolates.
A:Time is precious.
B:How many times do I have to tell you?
A:Life was tough back then.
B:He led a tough life.
A:Conversation is an art.
B:I had an interesting conversation with our new neighbor.
[refer to "English grammar felt in heart -conversation edition-"]
↓this sentence contains some mistakes in point of article.
1. Did you study English outside of class last week? If so, what did you study? If not, why not?
Yes, I studied English outside of class even excluding LRT and other homework of English class. It’s because I often listen to English café of ESL podcast. So I study English about English listening skill almost day.
There are many kinds of listening podcast in English on the Internet, but I chose English café. So I’ll talk about why I chose it.
There are two reasons why I chose it.
One reason is that my friend who has a high English skill recommended this podcast to me.
And another reason is that I had looked for the listening section which is non-Japanese in podcast and I can learn new English term. It means I can learn new English term in such a way that speaker speaks some topic and he sometimes explains a new English term in the topic by using English.
English café is just what I need. So I thank my friend who recommended this pod cast to me.
In addition to this way, I’m going to try to study English in another way that I use the radio program called “Training English conversation comprehensively” in NHK. And I heard Iwamura Keinan who is a trainer in this program is very famous in Japan in point of good trainer.
But for using this program, I have to buy a textbook in this program. And this program is only distributed on the radio. I wish this program is not only distributed on the radio, but also distributed on the podcast. By doing this, I will save the trouble of recording the radio and all I have to do becomes only to buy text book.
Well… I can choose other way, so I think I will try to seek the most effective way for me to study English in daily life.
2. Using the Language from Unit 15, tell me how to get from your house to the nearest convenience store.
To get my house to the nearest convenience store is very simple action. You take just two steps.
First step is that to leave at my house and turn right at nearest road, and then go straight along a road to Kita Main Street.
Second step is that after reach Kita Main Street, turn right at there and go straight along the Street. And then when it takes about five minuets to the convenience store on foot, you’ll see it on your right.
About three years ago, you could get to a convenience store by only first step. It’s because in those days there was a convenience store near the point which is cross point between Kita Main Street and the road from my house to Kita Main Street. So you could reach there to take only first step. But the convenience store was driven three years ago. So that you have to take two step, and it have to take more minuets than before.
1. Is your grammar better now than when you started Tutorial English? Why or why not?
Yes, of course. The reason why I think so is that I feel the number of times which tutor points out my oral sentence decreases gradually. And I think there will be some reasons why the number of times decreases gradually. I’m going to think about it.
I think the reason is that I have read and listen to more native sentences than before. It means English grammar skill is proportionate to the number to touch native sentence.
I think my number to touch it has increased during this late semester. It’s because my English teacher of my department is native and not to speak Japanese in the class which is the same way as Tutorial English. So, the times which I touch native sentence has increased, it means my grammar skill has improved during this semester.
But I have to think about after this semester is over. It’s because if I don’t study English after that, it is like blowing the chance to improve English skill in ever-increasing. So I have to think about it.
Fortunately, it is set to take the pre-intermediate class of Tutorial English in 2 weeks of the beginning of spring vacation, so this term will be enough to study English. But after that, I don’t have a plan to study English. I think it is important to prepare learning environment before the previous plan is over.
Therefore, I must schedule to study English by the time.
2. Using the Language from Unit 16, respond to this request: Can you clean all the Tutorial English booths every Sunday for free? Please give reasons for your answer.
Well… if you pay well-deserved reward to me, I will accept it. It’s because if the reward is worth of working for me, I had better to do it. And if the reward is not worth of working for me, definitely I had better not to do it. But how do I decide whether I say yes to the request or not? So I’ll think about it carefully and mention it for marshaling my thoughts.
I think my branching point whether I say yes to a request or not is very simple. I consider it through two steps.
First step is that I compare a request to my weekly or monthly to-do list. Which to-do list I choose varies depending on the scale of the request. And then I confirm my recent task and I consider if I can afford to agree to the request. If I can afford to do it, it goes to the next step.
Second step is that I guess what I want to do for free. If I want something to buy, it means I should earn money to buy it. So if it is commensurate with the request and its reward, I definitely assume the mantle of the request. But if I want to do something which does not dig into my purse, I had better to do the thing.
Therefore, first I will listen for the reward of the initial request, and then I consider whether I accept it or not in such way. And then I will answer the question.