an amazing teacher !

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As you may know, I've learned online lessons everyday.
I had found my favorite teacher before, and then I've chosen her almost everyday.

One day, she took some days off her lessons. So, I had to find a substitute. As there were many teachers, it took some time to choose one. First, I chose some teachers among many pictures, then I checked their number of favorite and their profiles and students' feedbacks. Eventually, I chose one.

She spoke English quickly and really fluently. And she always smiled and looked intelligent. She was like a goddess.
I had requested to use a material of 'Daily News for Beginners' beforehand as usual. Almost all teachers had made me repeat after them from some vocabularies to the article and had made me answer the questions written in the material.

First, she made me repeat after her for just a vocabulary. To my surprise, then, she made me say the synonyms of the word without seeing the material. After finishing vocabularies part, she then made me read loud the first sentence of the article, and made me samarize without seeing the sentence.
And when she asked me whether there was a question, I answered no. Usually other teachers had kept on to the next, but she asked me about a difficult word. I couldn't answer then.

I was nervous during the lesson and was astonished by her. And I was very impressed with her lesson.

Today, I had her lesson again. To my surprise again, she made me review the last lesson before starting today's article although other teachers didn't do that.
And again, to my surprise, after we finished the lesson, she gave me a beautiful quote to my chat box. It was the first time for me.

'One language sets you in a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door along the way.'
---Frank Smith

What an amazing teacher !








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Thank you for posting the wonderful quote about the importance of learning more than one language in order to get connected with different cultures. 英語教室 Lingo-Field (仙台)

Re: Thank-you note

Hi, Lingo-Field.

You're welcome!
Yes, it's wonderful. I'm looking forward to being surprised by her again.
Thank you for your comment.

English Corrections

Original Article:

As you may know, I've learned online lessons everyday.
I had found my favorite teacher before, and then I've chosen her almost everyday.

One day, she took some days off her lessons. So, I had to find a substitute. As there were many teachers, it took some time to choose one. First, I chose some teachers among many pictures, then I checked their number of favorite and their profiles and students' feedbacks. Eventually, I chose one.

She spoke English quickly and really fluently. And she always smiled and looked intelligent. She was like a goddess.
I had requested to use a material of 'Daily News for Beginners' beforehand as usual. Almost all teachers had made me repeat after them from some vocabularies to the article and had made me answer the questions written in the material.

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Recommended Corrections:

As you may know, I've been learning English through online lessons everyday.
Initially, I had found a teacher whom I favored, and I'd chosen to learn from her almost everyday.

One day, she took some days off from her lesson schedule. So, I had to find a substitute. As there were many teachers, it took some time to choose one. First, I had to choose a teacher among many pictures, then I checked the number of favorites given to each from their students, and I then checked their profiles and their students' feedback. Eventually, I chose one.

She spoke English quickly and really fluently. And she always smiled and looked intelligent. She was like a goddess.

I had requested to use material from 'Daily News for Beginners' beforehand as usual. Almost all prior teachers had made me repeat after them from *a list of challenging words from the article, and had made me answer the questions written in the material.

*Although there is a plural form of 'vocabulary', it usually applies when you are talking of separate lists or categories of words. Vocabulary means, 'a list of words'. I suspect that there was a single listing of challenging words from the article for the students to practice with. If this is the case, then you wouldn't use 'vocabularies'.


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Original Article:

First, she made me repeat after her for just a vocabulary. To my surprise, then, she made me say the synonyms of the word without seeing the material. After finishing vocabularies part, she then made me read loud the first sentence of the article, and made me samarize without seeing the sentence.
And when she asked me whether there was a question, I answered no. Usually other teachers had kept on to the next, but she asked me about a difficult word. I couldn't answer then.

I was nervous during the lesson and was astonished by her. And I was very impressed with her lesson.

Today, I had her lesson again. To my surprise again, she made me review the last lesson before starting today's article although other teachers didn't do that.
And again, to my surprise, after we finished the lesson, she gave me a beautiful quote to my chat box. It was the first time for me.

'One language sets you in a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door along the way.'
---Frank Smith

What an amazing teacher !

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Recommended Corrections:

First, she made me repeat after her from the article's vocabulary practice section. To my surprise, she then made me say the synonyms of each word without seeing the material. After finishing the vocabulary portion, she made me read the first sentence of the article aloud, and then made me summarize it without looking at the sentence.
When she asked me whether or not I had any questions, I answered no. My other teachers usually just continued with the lesson, but she checked my knowledge by asking me about a difficult word. I couldn't answer then.

I was nervous during the lesson and was astonished by her thoroughness. I was very impressed with her lesson.

Today, I had chosen her to be my teacher. To my surprise again, she made me review the prior lesson before starting today's article, although my other teachers had never done that.
At the conclusion of our lesson, she had again surprised me. She had sent me a beautiful quote to my chat box. It was the first time I had ever received one from any of my teachers.

'One language sets you in a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door along the way.'
---Frank Smith

What an amazing teacher !


Wow

I am glad to hear that you found a really good teacher!
Also, thank you for sharing the quote! Your blog entry remind me that of the importance of learning and acquiring a new vocabulary when studying a foreign language, rather than just enjoying a chit-chat.

No title

I'm happy that you found a good teacher too!

Re: English Corrections

Hi, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for the corrections and teaching me about 'vocabulary'.

In the fourth paragraph, you corrected 'I had requested to use material from 'Daily News for Beginners' beforehand as usual.'.
Don't you add the definite article before 'material', such as 'a material'?

Re: No title

Hi, Always visiting.

Thank you for your comment. However, I'm thinking about the previous teacher. I like her character.

Re: Wow

Hi, Sakulanbo.

Thank you for your comment.
Yes, I was lucky to find a great teacher.
You speak not only Japanese, but also English and German. So, I bet your life is more colorful than mine.

Answer to Sakae's question

Sakae's Question:

In the fourth paragraph, you corrected 'I had requested to use material from 'Daily News for Beginners' beforehand as usual.'.
Don't you add the definite article before 'material', such as 'a material'?


My reply:

In this case, the word 'material' is unspecified and used in a broad manner. Its meaning is that any portion of, or all, may be used at someone's discretion and its use is dependent upon unspecified factors. If you say 'the material', it makes the reader think they had missed a former reference to the material, or that this particular piece of material is somehow special.

Example:

He drank water from the well.

This statement is unremarkable.



He drank the water from the well.

Now, as it wasn't a generic reference to an act, but had specific emphasis on the water, it makes the reader think that there was something special about the water. Was it especially healthful water? Was the water tainted or poisoned? Why was special attention paid to the water instead on the simple act of having drunk water from the well?
Was there a former reference to the water in the well which I had missed? It could also be misconstrued as someone having drunk all the water there was to be had in the well.

Re: Answer to Sakae's question

Hi, Shiroi Tora.

I had misunderstood that 'material' here was countable, so it took a long time to understand.
I knew it was uncountable. Now, it was easier to understand.

Thank you very much.
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