online English lesson 8/11/2017

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The other day, I bought some fresh coriander (パクチー) , and made some green salad including them. My son hates the fresh coriander, so I made the leftover into some soup. Even though, he didn't like it.
The fresh coriander had their little roots, so, I planted them in my small planter.


As you may know, I have taken an online lesson every day for a few years. Today, I've just achieved 20,000 minutes! Congratulations (clap)! I've learned it for 800 days (25min./per day).
However, if I went abroad to learn English for 20,000 minutes, it equals only nearly two weeks. I didn't count the sleeping time there, instead of that, I took my age into account.
My dream was to go abroad to study English. I was disappointed to know that it was only two weeks if I spent there. I'll go for it.

I've been enjoying talking with many teachers who are from various countries such as Philippine, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Albania, and so on.
Recently I have often chosen African teachers. However, many of them don't live in their home country. I often hear that some of them live in Ukraine. I asked one of them why she chose Ukraine to live. She said that it's affordable.
I want to get used to various English.

I've taken TOEIC tests yearly, but I gave up taking it this year because I haven't had enough time to study recently.






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at an English class


Adele / Rolling In The Deep


When I attended an English conversational class recently, I was surprised to hear one thing.

An American teacher said that "There is no bathrooms".
I had thought that "There are no bathrooms". I asked him about it.

He taught me that the both are correct.
When the subject is the situation of no bathrooms, you could say that there is no bathrooms.
When the subject is bathrooms, you could say that there are no bathrooms.




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online English lesson 6/17/2017

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I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop last Sunday.
These works were arranged by a professor. He came from Utsunomiya. He said that when he got to Hakodate, he felt cold.

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↑Dogwoods (ハナミズキ) are now in full bloom here.


I took some English tests recently. I realized that my listening ability is still not good.
I told about it to my online English teacher. I have learned the online English lessons everyday. In the lessons, I had read a news article and I had answered the questions at one lesson. After she listened to me about the result, she offered a new way to me.

The new way is that...
1. In the vocabulary part, I take a look the vocabulary and example sentences, and I repeat after the teacher.
2. Next, I don't look the article at all, and I just listen to her who reads loud one paragraph.
3. I then summarize the paragraph without looking the article.
4. Repeat like this way until the end.
5. After finishing the article, she ask me some questions.
6. I answer without looking the questions and the article.
7. After I finish the lesson, I read the aricle later.

I think this is a good learning for me. I like her teaching, so, I have chosen her as much as possible. Since she will not be avairable tomorrow, I'll ask another teacher to teach me the same way.





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study English 5/27/2017

I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop last Sunday. These works were arranged by a professor.

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↓Lilac (ライラック)

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↓Myosotis (ワスレナグサ)

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I have hardly studied English except online lessons since last fall. I usually learn daily news with online lessons.
The other day, I bought a workbook for TOEIC test. It looks good because it is different from other workbooks.

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I tried a practice TOEIC test in this workbook last night after a long time. The result was terrible!
Listening 68/100 and Reading 50/100.
It is difficult for me to even keep my present level. I have to study hard using this workbook.

I bought used books before. One is a dictionary, and the other is a grammar book named Forest. Forest is really good.
Finding good books at a used shop is fun for me.

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Strike while the iron is hot.

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↑A professor's two works.
I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop last weekend. I enjoyed it and learned many things from the professor.

I'm wearing special glasses to protect my eyes from the screen of computer now. It is said that the blue light from the screen is not good for eyes.

I got the result of the last TOEIC test held on September 25th.
The score was 800 (Listening 420 and Reading 380).
To be honest, I wanted a higher score this time because I had studied hard before the test. I had decided to study for two hours every day from last July 1st. When I was too busy to study for several days, I made them up on weekends. I fulfilled my decision in the end.
I had spent a long time to read many articles. I think that it caused my right eye damaged.
Unfortunately, my reading portion was not so good.
Studying hard should be when you are young.

Now, I have been lazy since I finished the test. I want to be relaxed for a while.
However, I think I should resume studying from November little by little before forgetting everything I had studied. I want to get a higher score next time.
Maybe, it is difficult for me to even maintain the present score.





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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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