I've studied English for more than 10 years, and I noticed many differences from my mother language, Japanese. We Japanese find it quite difficult to use English naturally, I think this is partly, (or mainly perhaps) due to such a big difference between the languages' characteristics. I'm going to write about their differences I've found.
I'd like to get a job concerned in education. This has been my wish and plan for the future since my highschool days. And right now, I'm experiencing something of a school teacher. Hmmmm, becoming a teacher seems to need a lot more patience than I had imagined... 教える仕事に就きたいとは思うけど、学校の先生となると、自分にはあまり向いていないんじゃないかと思ってしまう。
Things are going so well these days and I'm quite enjoying everyday. Since the problem was solved, the teachers smile at me all the time I see them. This is probably because we knew more about each other.
I've been a bit anxious these days. Anxious, not being confident in my English. Well, my speaking is fine. I can manage to say what I want to say. But as for the listening comprehension, I still find it very difficult. Especially at dinner time, I want to join the other GAP students' or teachers' conversation, but they speak so fast and I don't even catch what the topic is. When I talked to this problem to one of the GAP students from Germany, for whom English is the second language, she told me that she found it harder to speak rather than listening. According to her, she understands almost everything in the native speakers' conversation, but it's harder for her to say what she wants to say. I think most people are like this, but I'm the opposite, I don't know why. Her speaking skill is probably at the same level as mine, but a lot more people talk to her. I envy her sometimes, because she can join the conversation. Maybe I'm thought by others that I'm a quiet person, because I'm very quiet during the meal, inspite of my speaking ability. It's a pity that people won't notice that I want to join the conversation but I can't because of the lack of listening ability. I feel bad if I disterbed their conversation, but I know it's not good for me to improve my English. I should be more confident and should try more to join the conversation, not being hesitated to disturb the conversation. Ganbaru zo!!
On Tuesday night, 25 Kichijo students and 2 teachers arrived in NEGS. Those girls are either 16 or 17 years old. So young! The female teacher Ms.Fujimoto used to be my English teacher when I was at Kichijo. She was the head teacher of the homeroom teachers in my whole grade as well, and I really admired her (and afraid of her too!) during my high school life.
On the last few days of Kichijo's visiting, the girls performed some presentations and they had spent much time in communicating with NEGS students. They seemed to have enjoyed their time with the NEGS girls, and so did the NEGS girls with the Kichijos. And of course, it became a very memorable event for me as well.
On Monday morning, I moved to a school called N.E.G.S.(New England Girls' School). I'll stay here at least for a month and assist the teacher in the Japanese class. Also I'll work as a duty mistress and look after the boarding students in dorms.