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mishaimaさん: FLUENT or BILINGUAL, and SOMETHING BEYOND
ハンドル名mishaima さん
ブログタイトルFLUENT or BILINGUAL, and SOMETHING BEYOND
ブログURLhttp://ameblo.jp/mishaima/
サイト紹介文英語を話す。 英語で働く。 英語で暮らす。
自由文Native Japanese, Fluent in English by living in Japan all my life except for a year.
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  • Cheese Balls
  • I LOVE BAKING I started baking things I can't buy at the stores a few years back.Thanks to the internet, there are millions o
    f great recipes out there. I made these Cheese balls today.(I add a lot more cheese than the recipe so I call it "Cheeseballs
    ") This is a great recipe, very easy very tasty.I totally recommend for you to try The recipe is adapted [続きを読む]
  • What flows What doesn't
  • I was in Kyushu where people speak Japanese with a dialectwhich I can understand but speak. Interestingly, this experience reminde
    d me the time in London last year. I speak the language but in the different rhythm, different wording, different accent.It was cl
    ear that my speech didn't blend with what was going on around me in my head.I ended up not talking much unless it was necess [続きを読む]
  • One or the Other, not Both
  • I was out of town for 6 days. I read some English,I texted some amount in English,I barely heard English,I didn't speak Engl
    ish at all. I was in Kyushu where people speak Japanese with a dialectwhich I can understand but speak. The first few days on the
    trip, I was getting stuck when English words popped up in my head when I tried to speak Japanese.The first day back,&nb [続きを読む]
  • The Show
  • When I first watched the Cosby Show, I barely understood it. It's a comedy show, a story of a big family in New York. My host
    mother was laughing often when I had no idea what was going on.There were chances for me to be able to laugh when they showed phy
    sical comedy. It was shocking how little I was able to understand even the words of a little girl.(In reality, it's harder t [続きを読む]
  • The Magic Alternative
  • The school was totally the opposite of what I expected or even dreamt of. I was dreaming of sitting in a classroom with, studying
    with and being friends with Canadian high school students. It wouldn't be true If I say the school had nothing of the above..
    but it was far from it. Sad? Shocking?? Yes and Yes. LOOOOOOONG STORY SHORT, I had to come up with some oth [続きを読む]
  • Hi!
  • Hi...can be the most common greeting word. It's such a short word but you can express quite a bit in this 2 letter word. If y
    ou say it in a crispy way, it gives the impression that you are in hurry.You don't ignore that person you are saying hi to bu
    t you can move on right away. If you say it long, like Ha-ii-, then it gives an impression that you care more. Of cours [続きを読む]
  • Boundary
  • There are many aspects to talk about the difference between English and Japanese. One of the things I noticed as I started living
    with a Canadian lady who had a family nearby was the Boundary. Everyone can be: I or YOU or HE or SHE These words make everyone st
    and on the same common ground.By standing on the same common ground, people respect their own boundary t [続きを読む]
  • Specific
  • My host family had only one member, a host mother.She had a full-time job, I had school, our weekday routine was pretty much set a
    mong us. She often made a stop for a small amount of grocery shopping on the way home from work.We went to a big amount of shoppin
    g on weekends together. She always asked me if I wanted anything when she was making a stop at the stores. Th [続きを読む]
  • The unavoidable
  • And there was the unavoidable "How are you?" conversation Hello, How are you?Fine, thank you, how are you? We learned th
    is as a set in the very beginning of the English lesson at school.There is nothing technically difficult about it. In reality, thi
    s conversation happens EVERY TIME with EVERYBODY.(Sometimes it happens among the strangers on the streets.)This is NOT [続きを読む]
  • My Basics
  • The other words I focused on along with Thank you,"You are welcome" and "Welcome""I am sorry" and &q
    uot;Sorry" "Thanks!" was a bit tough for me. I wasn't convinced that was natural enough for me to say at the
    time and I decided to avoid and stayed with Thank you. Needless to say, these phrases are very very basic. It's not really ab
    out if I know the meaning or [続きを読む]
  • Thank You
  • One of my biggest missions was to get the right pronunciation,and I set my first priority NOT to sound myself like a Japanese stud
    ent trying to learn English. It was obvious that I was Asian by look but there are many looking people in Vancouver.It was a big e
    nvironmental support because I didn't have to do anything but the situation was given. So here goes back to what I did. [続きを読む]
  • Lucky Me
  • So I learned my English was at NOWHERE. To be fair, it was expected.Still, it was harder to accept when I had to face the reality.
    BUT I was in luck I was young.I didn't know much else.I didn't have any wisdom.I also wan't capable to accept the
    reality towards the others. That can be said...I didn't have capability to think otherwise.I was able to bel [続きを読む]
  • Where I Was
  • I would like to establish the ground where I was standing. Vancouver was beautiful.Canadian people were nice.My host mother was gr
    eat. I was in a good place and ready to do whatever I was there to do. What about my English? I watched a movie, "Stand By Me
    ", on TV soon after I arrived. I had seen the movie in the theater in Japan with Japanese subtitles.I remember enj [続きを読む]
  • The West End
  • Vancouver was a beautiful place. The Big Green Trees, The Big Big Blue Sky...You don't need to put any effort to find the bea
    uty of the nature if you are there because you are always standing in it. My host mother took me to the area called The West End s
    oon after I arrived.I think she was showing me some part of the area around. After 20-30 minutes drive, we parked the car to [続きを読む]
  • POP!?
  • I got dropped off by a caretaker person of the school to the house. I met my host mother for the first time. She was very excitedl
    y waiting for me and gave me a BIG HUG to a strange girl from Japan the moment she met me.Hugs were not common in Japan so it was
    overwhelming/exciting enough for me as the first thing to do in the house where I was supposed to live for the next 10 months. I [続きを読む]
  • Things I have seen...
  • After spending so many hours on the plane for the first time, we landed on the land of CANADA A caretaker lady from school was th
    ere to pick us up and drove us to our host families. Excited, Excited and still Excited What I remember clearly and vividly from
    the drive was the BIG SKY.I kept looking up the sky sitting in the back seat feeling excited. "Oh, [続きを読む]
  • And The Second Thing
  • My first attempt to COMMUNICATE someone in English was successful and I was able to have a cup of tea on the plane. It was not a h
    uge thing but it certainly gave me a good feeling of accomplishment. I was already ready for the next step.What shortly comes afte
    r the first drink is... THE MEALS! THE PLANE FOOD!! I think people seem to like talking about the plane food [続きを読む]
  • Tea Please?
  • The time was in the late 80's. (aka "the Good Old Times" ) I set my foot on my first international flight to Vancou
    ver.I traveled with two students and one agent lady, basically, I was in good hands as long as I stayed in sight of the agent lady
    . My first big adventurous thing to do was to talking to the flight attendance. I was excited and nervous at the same time, while
    I wa [続きを読む]
  • The Scenery
  • I would like to point out the fact that the scenery of the world was different when I made my first step out of Japan. It was the
    time BEFORE THE INTERNET nor CELL PHONES. The information resources were very limited.BooksMagazinesRadioTV programmsVideosAnd Let
    ters instead of Emails! If we wanted to talk to people, we had to call to their house phones or meet the [続きを読む]
  • The First Step Out
  • Let's get into the topic of how I did it. I barely spoke English when I first went to Canada.I was 18 years old, and it was t
    he summer after graduating from high school. It was my first time getting out of Japan.It was my first time getting on the interna
    tional flight.It was my first time going anywhere where people did not speak Japanese or even didn't look like. Everything wa
    s ne [続きを読む]
  • Please don't get me wrong...
  • I have exposed my craziness towards somethings I really care about.I have emphasized that was the key factor of me being fluent in
    English. Please don't get me wrong here.I am not suggesting for you to become crazy like me. Thanks to my parents, and my D
    NA I have been passed on, I have that quality in me quite strongly.I don't believe my method applies to everyone.But I believ
    e yo [続きを読む]
  • Crazy?
  • I mentioned a word Obsession yesterday. It may sound strange but I am quite proud of my obsession quality. Because I know that bro
    ught me to where I am now today. There may be more things but English, Work and Aikido are the ones come to mind off the top of my
    head. Thanks to my obsession sense, I was able to spend countless hours for the things I mentioned on the ab [続きを読む]
  • Obsession
  • I am often asked how I learned English or an advice to do how to learn. I have tried explaining in many different ways but I think
    the key is simple. Obsession (If the word Obsession scares you, "obsession-like behavior" might do too) Here is a quest
    ion for you:Is there ANYTHING in your whole life you have done so obsessively or so madly and you got better at it? ANYTHING [続きを読む]
  • Bilingual or Fluent
  • Yesterday, someone asked me if I was bilingual. This question gave me a chance to revisit the topic of the definition of language
    levels. I remember making a peace with myself with a definition of "fluent" with my English a while ago. I also remembe
    r feeling difficult to decide, "If I was bilingual or not", I mean technically. Well, this is my English history.I spent
    10 [続きを読む]
  • Supporter
  • Being a supporter for yourself was I realized what I can do to myself even for the past. It's easy to get trap with the ideas
    like;I don't have any support.I don't have the resources.I am not capable of doing such.....etc. But if you are the big
    gest supporter for yourself, you can support yourself limitless. All of a sudden, it makes me feel I was never alone on this journ
    ey. [続きを読む]