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May Holidays #2


May Day Superstition

First thing in the morning on May 1st, young girls used to rush out into the garden to wash their faces in the May dew. There is an old tale that says that May dew has magic properties and that anyone who has washed their face in it will have a beautiful complexion all through the year. This dew was supposed to be able to remove freckles and also spots and pimples -> try it in tomorrow morning ...

FRESH & BEAUTIFUL ~

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Let’s have a “Field day” with the holidays in May ~

Lily of the Valley

May is named after the Greek goddess, ‘Maia’ and is a great time of the year, as it is when flowers heavily bloom and crops begin to sprout. As you may know, the birth-flower of May is the pretty “Lily of the Valley” (see photo).

History has it that the Anglo-Saxon name for May was ‘Tri-Milchi’, in recognition of the fact that with the lush new grass cows could be milked three times a day. From about 1430 the month was called ‘May’ ~ before then it was called Maius, Mayes, or Mai.

May Day (Garland Day)
In Britain, as in most parts of Western Europe, May Day marks the end of the harsh winter months, welcomes the beginning of Summer, and we look forward to the bright and productive months to come ~

May Day celebrations included dancing around maypoles and the appearance of 'hobby horses' and characters such as 'Robin Hood' and 'Jack in Green'.

May Day in England
In some parts of Britain, May 1st is called “Garland Day”.

Greenery was collected by primary school children to make garlands. In many English villages children would parade with garlands of flowers, sometimes fastened to sticks or in the shape of a cross, or fixed to hoops - this was done in the hope of collecting money. Sometimes this was known as ‘May Dolling’, because often there was a small doll placed in the centre of the garland. There are still garland ceremonies held today.

At Charlton-on-Otmoor, Oxfordshire, a large wooden cross covered with yew and box leaves stands in the church. On May Day it is taken down and redecorated with fresh greenery and flowers and the children carry small decorated crosses around the village and bring them to a special service. Also in Oxfordshire at Brampton, the Spring Bank Holiday marks the beginning of the traditional Morris Dance Season (see my Blog on ‘National Dress’). In the morning children bring out a selection of garlands which are judged in a competition at lunch time.

Look forward to more special May things tomorrow ~

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British Life & Culture ~ What sports do we play in Britain?



Playing sports is an important part of our life in Britain and is very a popular leisure activity, too. Many of the world's famous sports began here in Britain; including;
cricket
football (soccer)
tennis
golf
rugby

Although many people think that football (soccer) is the national sport, England's national sport is actually cricket. However, football is our most popular sport, and has been played for hundreds of years. Some of England's football teams are world famous; Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Cricket is played on village greens and in towns/cities on Sundays from April to August.

Rugby
This originated from Rugby school in Warwickshire. It is similar to football, but played with an oval ball. For many years Rugby was only played by the rich upper classes, but now it is popular all over the country. There are two different types of rugby - Rugby League, played mainly in the north of England, and Rugby Union, played in the rest of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, together with France and Italy, play in an annual tournament called the Six Nations.
American Football derived from our game of Rugby, also Baseball derived from the old English game of Rounders.

Tennis
The world's most famous tennis tournament is Wimbledon. It started at a small club in south London in the nineteenth century. It begins on the nearest Monday to June 22 ~ when we often have the finest weather. Millions of people worldwide watch the Championships live on TV. It is traditional for visitors at Wimbledon to eat strawberries & cream whilst they watch the tennis.

Golf
Scotland is traditionally regarded as the home of golf. There are over 400 golf courses in Scotland alone. The most important being in the seaside town of St. Andrews, near Dundee.

Horse racing
Horseracing, also known as the “Sport of Kings” is a very popular sport, with meetings being held every day throughout the year. ‘The Derby’ originated here, as did ‘The Grand National’, which is the hardest horse race in the world.

Table Tennis (ping pong)
Did you know this? ->> Table tennis was invented in England in 1880. It began with Cambridge University students using cigar boxes and champagne corks. 
Although the game originated in England, British players don't have much luck in international championships.

Badminton
Another sport is ‘Badminton’, that takes its name from the Duke of Beaufort’s country home, Badminton House, where the sport was first played in the 19th century.

University Boat Race
In the nineteenth century, students at Oxford and Cambridge (Britain's two oldest universities) were huge fans of rowing. In 1829, the two schools agreed to hold a race against each other for the first time on the Thames River. The Oxford boat won and a tradition was born. Today, the “University Boat Race” is held every spring in either late March or early April.

Darts
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As you probably know, “darts” is a very popular pub game. The game of darts, as it is today, was invented in the north of England in a town called Grimsby. However, the origins of the game date back to at least the Middle Ages.

Which of these do you play? I hope you enjoyed a little bit of our UK Culture and Daily Life ~ look forward to next week’s theme ~

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thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU



Happy Birthday to me >^_^<

Many “Thank you”s to all my friends and family from Japan, UK, USA, France, Italy, Cyrus, Greece, China, Thailand, Philippines and Saudi Arabia for your kind wishes ~ yes, it is my birthday and I finally turned 17 (plus 32 ;-) ha ha.

With lots of birthday wishes and cards and cakes and now dinner (yummy), I am having a wonderful day ~> THANK YOUUUUUUUU!!!

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British Life & Culture ~ Symbols and images associated with England?


Like each of the four countries that make up Great Britain, England has many famous places, people and objects that we all associate with it.

Most people recognise the flag of England (St George's Cross), The Royal Family, Buckingham Palace, Royal Guardsmen, Double Decker Buses, Red Post Boxes, Telephone Kiosks, Big Ben, Policemen, The London Eye, Pub Signs and of course, Tea.

The list is waaay to long to mention everything, so the easiest thing will be to have a look at all the nice pictures HERE (Click on each photo for more details...)

Keep up with your good studying/practising and I will see you tomorrow ...

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British Life & Culture ~ What do British people like doing at the weekend?


The weekends are a time for families in Britain. Often parents are not at work (having worked from Monday to Friday), so Saturdays are a busy time for shops with many families all going shopping. Sundays used to be a very special day of the week ~ it was the one day of the week for 'worship and rest'. Shops were closed and most people were at church or at home doing gardening or odd jobs (DIY - Do It Yourself things).

Until a few years ago shops were not permitted to open on a Sunday. Sundays today are becoming like any other day other week with a lot of shops now being open. (Shopping hours on a Sunday are usually a little less than on any other day of the week.) Some families will now spend their time shopping rather than going to church or they will combine the two activities. Because of this, Britain is becoming a far less Christian country with fewer people regularly attending Church. Many Christian's believe that Sunday should be kept special, as a time given to worshipping God. Others believe that it is important that families have time to be together ~ what do you think?

So how do we spend our free time?

People enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities in Britain. A survey showed that people in Britain spend about 45% of their free time watching television, 24% of their free time socialising, 22-23% on sport and hobbies, and 10% on other activities ~ DIY, gardening, eating out and going to the cinema.

What do we watch on the telly (television)?

People in Britain also listen to about 15 hours of radio each week. I used to listen to the Top 40 every week, so I could find out who is number one in the pop charts.

Entertaining
The second most popular activity in Britain is visiting or entertaining friends or relations, and then is going to the cinema (movies).

Homes and Gardens
The Brits are also known as a nation of gardeners. Most people have a garden on their property and many people are proud of their gardens. They want their homes and gardens to look nice. Every town in Britain has one or more DIY (Do it Yourself) centres and garden centres. These are like supermarkets for the home and garden, and are very popular with British home-owners at the weekends.

Do we have any gardeners out there? ? ?

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British Life & Culture ~ English House Names and ...


House Names
House naming started many years ago with rich people naming their homes. They named their Halls, Houses, Manors, Castles, and Lodges according to ancestry, location, and family titles: Norfolk House (Duke of), Belvoir Castle (overlooking the Belvoir Valley); Castle Droge (named after a 13th ancestor) etc. Gradually over the years other people began to give names to their homes, too. All houses in towns and cities have a number but very few have just a name and the majority do not have names at all.

Street Numbering
Street numbering was introduced by an Act of Parliament in 1765. Every house in a town and city has a number followed by the name of the road it is in e.g. 26 Avebury Avenue. The first house in the road is number one and the last house is the number of buildings there are in that street. The number readily identifies the location of a property in a road and so makes it easier for the emergency services to find houses quickly ~ makes sence, right!?! Odd numbers are usually assigned to the left side and even numbers to the right, as they head out of town.

Themes for House names
House names today are inspired by a bewildering array of sources: everything from location and local history to literature and legends. Here are a few examples ~

Animals and birds
Favourites include: Badgers Cottage, Cuckoo Cottage, Curlew Cottage, Dolphin Cottage, Fox Hollow, Kestrels, Magpies, Mole End, Nightingale Cottage, Robin Hill, Rookery Nook, Squirrels Leap, Swallow Barn, The Jays and Two Hoots

Historical
Favourites include: The Coach House, The Old School House, The Old Rectory, The Old Vicarage, The Old Post Office, Mill House, The Granary and The Grange

Plants and flowers
Favourites include: Rose Cottage, Primrose Cottage, Honeysuckle Cottage and Lilac Cottage.


I hope you enjoyed a little more of our English homeyness ~ see you tomorrow for some other interesting things that we British do ...

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He's back -> Mr. Android ver.2.0

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Hi folks ~

Yes, I'm back again -> now a better Mr. Android ver. 2.0 ~ after a few days in the hospital and a small operation on my chest (new ICD), I am back and ready to go.

Thanks for everyone's wishes and concerns ~ they are all very much appreciated :-)

Look forward to tomorrow...

Best regards,
Robin

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British Life & Culture ~ National Costume of England - National Dress


England, unlike Wales and Scotland, has no official national dress. Some people think all men in England dress in suits and wear bowler hats, and carry an umbrella, too (yes, they will have an umbrella <‘brolly’> if it is going to rain that day) but it is very unusual these days to see anyone wearing a bowler hat.
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An English National Costume group are trying to make England's national dress be the clothes worn by the Anglo Saxons during the 7th century. The Anglo-Saxons were warrior-farmers and came from north-western Europe. They began to invade Britain during 450 A.D.

A far better choice for an English national dress would be to choose from our many customs and traditions. There are a wide variety of costumes from spectacular ceremonies associated with the monarchy to the traditional costumes worn by morris dancers and others at English country fairs.

Interesting Facts
Lots of the ordinary clothes we wear today have a long tradition. The very cold winters in the Crimea in the war of 1853-56 gave us the names of the cardigan and the balaclava. Lord Cardigan led the Light Brigade at the Battle of the Balaclava (1854) A "cardigan" is now a warm woollen short coat with buttons, and a "balaclava" is a woollen hat.
Another British soldier, Wellington, gave his name to a pair of boots. They have a shorter name today - "Wellies".

Let me know your comments ...

PS: I will be in hospital for a few days, so will see you when I get home again ~

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British Life & Culture ~ What is family life like in Britain ?



The Changing Values and Norms of the British Family
Families in Britain are changing... the once typical British family headed by two parents changed a lot during the twentieth century. In particular there has been a rise in single-person households - close to 30%. By 2020, it is estimated there will be more single people than married people ~ fifty years ago this would have been socially unacceptable in Britain!

In the past, people married before they had children, but now about 40% of children in Britain are born to unmarried (cohabiting) parents. In 2000, around a quarter of unmarried people between the ages of 16 and 59 were cohabiting in Great Britain. Cohabiting couples are also starting families without first being married.

Also, a lot of people are getting married at a later age now and many women do not want to have children immediately. They prefer to concentrate on their jobs and put off having a baby until their late thirties.

Family Size
On average 2.4 people live as a family in one home in Britain. This is smaller than most other European countries, mainly due to the current economic situation and people not being able to afford to have another child. How is it here???

See you tomorrow ...

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British Life & Culture ~ Animals in Britain

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Pets (tame animals)
Britain is famous for being a nation of animal lovers, and over 50% of people have them! Figures show there are over 7 million cats, 6 million dogs, 1 million budgerigars (parakeet) and 18 million goldfish -> and yes, they were all counted ~ ha ha.

When I was a kid, we had a dog and a cat, and I actually had mice (that I bred and sold to the local Pet Shop) ~ I know that’s strange but we all did ‘weird’ things as kids, right!?!

Anyway, now there are an increasing amount of people with exotic creatures such as small farm animals, snakes, tropical fish, and spiders; an estimated 2,000 households now have reptiles -> the times have changed!

Quite a lot of Infant Schools (小学校) had ‘classroom pets’ that we would take turn in bringing home at the weekend or on school holidays ~ ours was a bunny rabbit.

Wild Animals
As for ‘wild animals', we have quite a varied wildlife. Our largest mammal is the red deer. In the wild/countryside, foxes and rabbits are often seen, and if you're lucky, you may even see a badger, weasel or a hedgehog. Our only poisonous snake, the adder, is pretty rare and it is protected, so you won't see one (I haven't yet). The smallest mammal is the pygmy shrew, and you will often see “yours truly” flying around -> the ‘robin’.

Bird-watching is also a popular pastime in Britain. England is home to almost 230 different kinds of birds and is a temporary home to 200 types of migrating birds.

Check in for tomorrow’s “Family Life in Britain” Blog ...

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Poetry week ~ 7 ~ “Burning Tears ...”

Burning Tears
BURNING TEARS...



High on the hill that is so colourful and bright,
Where everything is a wonderful loving delight.



My world is pure heaven as that of Above,

Since Love landed like a sweet white dove.



Days, weeks, months of glorious bliss,

And then it all flew away with one simple kiss.

Silence now deafens this empty heart,

As Love flew away leaving us apart.



Tears flow down through my heart and soul,

Burning, burning, burning this saddened hole.



Tears flow down through my heart and soul,
Burning, burning, burning...


by Robin J.G. LeMare

Copyright 2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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Poetry week ~ 6 ~ “Sweet Pleasure...”

Sweet Pleasure
SWEET PLEASURE...

Honey, you have all the flavours: white, milky and dark,

So many choices as I embark...



Your natural fragrance captures my heart,

And I never want to be apart.



Shiny and sweet,

And such a delicacy to eat.



You always melt at my touch,

Oh, I hunger for you so, so much.

Those looks and that pure, sweet smell,

Yes, I know it so very well.



Once is never enough - I want more,

My heart yearns - more, more, more...


"Can I have another piece, please?"







by Robin J.G. LeMare
Copyright 2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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Poetry week ~ 5 ~ “It Floweth...”

It Floweth

Wet and silky, and so soft to the touch,
My body hungers for you, oh so much ~



You glisten with beauty in the light,

And the moon reflects on you like a dream at night.



Wet and silky, and so soft to the touch,

My body hungers for you, oh so much ~



The taste of pure-nature beckons me on,

And holding you firmly makes me feel so strong!



When I run low, you are always first,

Refilling my body, and my thirst.



Wet and silky, and so soft to the touch,

My body hungers for you, oh so much ~



"Excuse me, can I have another glass of water please."




by Robin J.G. Le Mare
Copyright 2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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Poetry week ~ 4 ~ “Peaceful Silence...”

Peaceful Silence
PEACEFUL SILENCE...




As the peace of the day flows smoothly away,

With sunshine in sky and clouds floating up high,

Sweet rustles fill the air as leaves roll around with jolly flare,

And a light breeze blows softly with ease,
As Nature simply wants to please.



Now with the sky turning grey, since the sun is fading away,

Suddenly colours so unreal flood the sky with abundant appeal,

Pink and orange and purple and blue, fill the sky through and through.



Slowly but surely colourful-life sinks into the Earth, and then begins 
a whole new birth.

Twinkles in the sky start to shine, as stars appear that are so divine.


And now he shows his peaceful face, as the Moon pears out from behind
 a cloud with grace.


Silence is dark, Silence is bright, Peaceful Silence is here at night.

Silence is dark, Silence is bright, Peaceful Silence is here at night.



Silence...





by Robin J.G. LeMare

Copyright 2010 Robin J.G. LeMare


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Poetry week ~ 3 ~ “She ...”



She …

She holds her hair with such glamorous demise,
And gets you with her bright smile and sparkling eyes.

Her Lady-like posture shines with flare,
And all those around her want to share.

That soft gentle glow radiates through her tender touch,
Opening my Heart, oh so much.

So silky and smooth, one feels with ease,
As she only wants to be there to please.

And she sings with such a beautiful voice,
One simply has, “No Choice”.

Those luscious rosy lips tempt my mind into trips,
And the Love and Smiles go miles and miles,
And the Love and Smiles go miles and miles …



by Robin J.G. LeMare

Copyright 2009 Robin J.G. LeMare


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Poetry week ~ 2 ~ “Letting Go...”

Maggie Thatcher RIP
With the sad news of Lady Maggie Thatcher passing-on, this poem I wrote seems rather appropriate...


LETTING GO ...



And with a drop of warm wetness from Above,

The Heavens start to cry their sacred Love.



Yet sadness burns the moist air of today,

As dear friends begin to pass on their way...



Joyous experiences shared with pure happiness,

Now change to memories full of tears and sadness.



Hearts once floating so high with Love,

Are drowned away by the Special Wanting of up Above.



It is time...



by Robin Le Mare
Copyright 2009 Robin Le Mare


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Poetry week commences ~ 1 ~ “Loving Destiny. . .”

loving destiny

Loving Destiny ...

The sun shines brightly through empty space,

To find her beautiful and shining face.



Known by many and adored by more,

Her heart waits patiently for that knocking on her door...



There he be with open arms and roses,

While his Queen curtsies and gently poses.



As the two finally join their true, true love,

It is clear that this was decided by up-above.



by Robin Le Mare
Copyright 2007 Robin Le Mare


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7. Everyday phrases ...

7th April ideas

I previously wrote that learning ‘words’ is good to increase your vocabulary but learning regular/normal 'everyday phrases' is even better! Whatever you learn -> USE IT! Having all that information and knowledge stored in your brain may help to make you feel intelligent but USING IT DAILY IS WHAT MAKES YOU FLUENT ~

yes
no
maybe / perhaps
please
thanks
thank you
thank you very much
you’re welcome / you are welcome
don’t mention it
not at all
hello ('hi' is quite informal)
good morning (used before noon)
good afternoon (between noon and 6pm)
good evening (used after 6pm)
bye
good bye
goodnight
see you!
see you soon
see you later
have a nice day
have a nice time
have a good weekend
excuse me (can be used to get someone’s attention or to apologise)
sorry
no problem
it’s OK / that’s OK
don’t worry about it
do you speak English?
I don’t speak English?
please write it down
could you please repeat that?
I understand
I don’t understand
sorry I’m late
sorry to keep you waiting
sorry for the delay
only joking
just kidding
bless you (when someone sneezes)


~

There are lots and lots of phrases to learn and use ~> all very useful. Idioms are fun, too: check my Idioms theme week -> Idioms theme

You don’t have to know hundreds of them ~ start with a few, use them and then you will start to realise that English is easy and fun, as well.

Tune-in for next week’s “Poetry” theme ~ see you then ...

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6. Everyday things to do ...

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Watching the TV, listening to the radio and singing are great everyday things to help improve your English fluency!

Yes, watch English TV channels and listen to English radio shows ~ they are great listening practice, and if you repeat what you hear, then great speaking practice, too!

Singing ~ this is such a fantastic way to remember words and phrases, and singing will help your vocals chords to be in the ‘right shape’ when speaking English, so the more your sing, the more natural you will start to sound in your speech, as well -> plus, it's fun!

Japanese is a lot harder to learn than English, so by making your English study-time and practising FUN, this will make things so much more interesting and then everything will seem a lot easier, as well. So make your studying enjoyable -> read English magasines and web sites about your hobbies, sing along to your favourite bands, listen to your favourite actor/actress and copy how well they speak.

These are all easy things to do and they will make studying interesting, make practising interesting, make life interesting ~> see how well you will start to enjoy everything and improve much faster...!

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5. Study correct material ~

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Everyone knows the phrase "Practice makes perfect" ~ but this is actually incorrect and far from the truth!

Practice only makes what you are practicing permanent. If you practice an incorrect sentence, you will have perfected saying the sentence incorrectly! Therefore, it is important that you study material that is commonly used by most people and learn from a good Native Speaker, in order to learn correctly.

Studying English with a friend who is not a native English speaker is both good and bad ~ you should be aware of the pros and cons of speaking with non native speaking friends:

1) Practicing with a non native person will give you good practice.
2) You can also motivate each other and point out basic mistakes.

** But you might pick up bad habits from one another if you are not sure about what are correct and incorrect sentences. So use these practice times to practice the correct material you studied, not to learn how to say a sentence. **

In short, study English material that you can trust, that is commonly used, and that is correct. Use these rules and they will help you achieve your goal of speaking English fluently.

Therefore, it is important that you study material that is commonly used by most people and learn from a good Native Speaker, in order to learn correctly.

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4. Submerge yourself ~

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Being able to speak another language is not related to how smart you are.

Anyone can learn how to speak any language ~ this is a proven fact by how many different countries and languages there are in the world. Everyone can speak at least one language. Whether you are ultra-intelligent or not doesn’t make any difference, you are able to speak one language.

This was achieved by being around that language all the time ~ hearing and speaking it constantly. You will notice that many people who are good English speakers are the ones who studied in an English speaking school. They can speak English not because they went to an ‘English speaking school’, but because they had an environment where they could be around English speaking people constantly.

There are also some people who study abroad and learn very little. That is because even though they went to an ‘English speaking school’, they found friends from their own country and so didn't use or practice English while they were there.

You don't have to go anywhere to become a fluent English speaker. You only need to surround yourself with English. You can do this by making rules with your existing friends that you will only speak English. You can also carry around an iPod or other device and constantly listen to English sentences (and repeat them!). As you can see, you can achieve results by changing what your surroundings are. Submerge yourself in English and you will learn several times faster...!

Again, as this is important --> Submerge yourself in English and you will learn several times faster...!

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3. Reading and Listening is NOT enough. Practice Speaking what you hear!

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Reading, listening, and speaking are the most important aspects of any language, and this is the same for English. However, speaking is the only requirement to be fluent. It is normal for babies and children to learn speaking first, become fluent, then start reading, and then writing. So the natural order is 1) listening, 2) speaking, 3) reading, then 4) writing.

First Problem
Isn't it strange that schools across the world teach reading first, then writing, then listening, and finally speaking? Although it is different, the main reason is because when you learn a second language, you need to read material to understand and learn it. So even though the natural order is listening, speaking, reading, then writing, the order for ESL students is reading, listening, speaking, then writing.

Second Problem
The reason many people can read and listen is because that's all they practice. But in order to speak English fluently, you need to practice speaking. Don't stop at the listening portion -> when you study, don't just listen => speak out loud the material you are listening to and practice what you hear. Practice speaking out loud until your mouth and brain can do it without any effort. By doing so, you will be able to speak English fluently.

So the natural order is 1) listening, 2) speaking, 3) reading, then 4) writing.

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2. Learn and study phrases ~

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Many students learn vocabulary and try to put many words together to create a proper sentence. It sometimes amazes me just how many words some of my students know, but they still cannot create a proper sentence. The reason is because they didn't study phrases. When children learn a language, they learn both words and phrases together. Similarly, you need to study and learn phrases ~ it is the most natural way!

Even if you know 1,000 words, you still might not be able to say one correct sentence. But if you know 1 phrase, you can make hundreds of correct sentences. If you know 100 phrases, you will be surprised at how many correct sentences you will be able to say. Finally, when you know 1,000 phrases or so, you will almost be a fluent English speaker ~ that doesn’t mean you have to know 1,000 phrases but learning phrases makes it much easier to communicate with people.


Also, don't translate

When you want to create an English sentence, do not translate word-for-word from Japanese into English. The word-order is very different and you will be both slow and incorrect by doing this. Instead, learn phrases and sentences so you don't have to think about the words you are saying. Practice as much as possible and then all will become automatic.

Again, you need to study and learn phrases ~ it is the most natural way!

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1. Don't study grammar too much ~

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This might sound a little strange to you but it is one of the most important rules to know; if you want to pass examinations, then study grammar. However, if you want to become fluent in your English speech, then you should try to learn English without studying the grammar.

Studying grammar will only slow you down and confuse you. You will think about the rules when creating sentences instead of speaking naturally like we natives do.

Remember that only a small fraction of English speakers know more than 20-30% of all the grammar rules. Many Japanese students actually know more grammar than native speakers - if I need to know something, then I can easily look up the definition and apply it but I may not know it off the top of my head.

I often ask my native English friends some grammar questions and only a few of them know the correct answer. However, they are fluent in English and can read, speak and communicate effectively.

So today’s point is this --> do you want to be able to recite the definition of a causative verb, or do you want to be able to speak English fluently?

If you want to become fluent in your English speech, then you should try to learn English without studying grammar.

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