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ハンドル名mishaima さん
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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  • Connection
  • Something made me think... If I ever HAD TO go back time to do the do-over, I would choose to be back to the 80's. It doesn&a
    pos;t mean I want to be a teenager again (ever...) But I think I would appreciate living simpler time. I mean the time before the
    internet. Then, a friend asked me if I had started Aikido earlier. It made me think again... It would have been nice to have star
    ted as a teenager f [続きを読む]
  • What helped me go through...
  • When I crashed and burned from the biggest crush of my life,somethings helped me going through the tough time. Friends to talk toD
    ogs' love and Work I had established "working" as a part of my system by this time and it guided me to live with ev
    en with the broken heart. I was hurt.I didn't know how to get over itor how to move on. But I was functioning fine and [続きを読む]
  • Crash and Burn
  • I think my life had started when I was 30 years old. Wny? I experienced the biggest crush of my life around that time. It made me
    experience something I never knew existedemotionally. It was the opportunity to learn who I was andwhat I was emotionally capable
    of. I felt like I was walking in the clouds.It definitely took me to the next level. I was just happy.&n [続きを読む]
  • What was it?
  • What was the world I needed to see? What was so important thatI needed to become a part of even I never even knew existed? Before
    getting into what it was,I have to explain where I was. I mean in life. To put it simply,I was at the lowest place of my life. The
    lowest?What does that even mean? It could be a long list...Let's start talking about it tomor [続きを読む]
  • That was something I had never seen before...
  • What was that THE WORLD I needed to see? It started to reveal itself soon after Brad and I became friends. Brad was having his bir
    thday drinks with friends on his birthdaywhich was happened to be a Saturday. (Very convenient ) I walked into the bar before the
    seconds from Brad and his friend started drinking 15 shots. 15 shots 15 of like th [続きを読む]
  • Do you ever hear ..?
  • I knew today meant something when I saw the date this morning.It didn't hit me in minutes but in hours.Today was my very good
    friend's Birthday. He is not only a very good friend, He is also a very important person in my life. We met when we were wor
    king for the same company a little over a decade ago.We were in the same department, working in the same room.He was a very outgoi
    ng p [続きを読む]
  • It made me think...
  • "Green so Green" made me think "Where do I stand now?" I earned so many experiences, I learned so many skills,
    and lessons. I could say I can do the job better.It doesn't mean I know everything, Oops, I was getting into the same trap a
    gain.I should keep my attitude back to I don't know everything. This is not the concept of "I am not enough, I am not
    enou [続きを読む]
  • Dave or David?
  • Let's talk about something in general today. One day in my early career days, I called someone "Dave" without even
    thinking much about itand he said, "It's David." He wasn't upset with me but his tone was firm.I could sense h
    is intention very clearly as"I don't like to be called DAVE". Short forms are very common in English names.It may n
    ot be too much of an exaggera [続きを読む]
  • Green so Green...
  • I thought I was in a good place to start working. I thought I was ready to go and take off right on the spot. I mean... I thought
    I knew everything I needed to know to do the job and get promoted soon enough!! Was I? No...nonononononono. I proved me wrong! I d
    idn't hide the fact I was new to Mac.Although, some part of me didn't want to admit thatI knew [続きを読む]
  • I wonder...
  • Did you actually live the time before the cell phone or the internet? (I feel a bit ANCIENT talking like this...) I seriously wond
    er...it may be hard for you to even imagine what it was like back then. Still, please bear with me a little longer. Once upon a ti
    me, people were dreaming to have the future like NOW. My first computer wasMacintosh LC w [続きを読む]
  • I thought I was...
  • I started working as a junior accountant in the fall of 1994. I spoke English well enough,I had a basic knowledge of bookkeeping.
    I was in a good place to start. Or I thought. I had never really touched the proper computer (and it was Mac!).I didn't know
    how to print from the computer.I didn't know how to use excel..I didn't know how to use word...I didn't rea [続きを読む]
  • 30 + (plus) years later...
  • This is NOT the END of my blog, just so you know. Let's fast-forward a little bit and talk about my NOW.(Yes, I will come ba
    ck to fill the 30 years gap later!) I wanted to become an interpreter when I first decided to become fluent in English.I wanted to
    become a translator for children's books when I was in Canada. Did I become any of the above? NO (I have goo [続きを読む]
  • The Culture Helped
  • The culture was encouraging talking to people. When you pass people by on the street, you say "hi" or "hello"W
    hen you get on the bus, you say "hi", and "thank you" when you get off to the bus driver.When you go to the st
    ores, they almost always ask you, "Hi there, how are you doing today?" One time, an old lady started talking without any
    warning while I was waiting for the bu [続きを読む]
  • The Biggest Lesson
  • The first 3 months (or so) was definitely the Phase One. What I remember is trying to talk to people, after prepared myself if nee
    ded.(My prep. myself was deciding what to say by putting a sentence together before saying it) It's hard to remember how my E
    nglish was improving during that phase.What I remember is that I was pushing myself to talk to people. Every day was a repet [続きを読む]
  • Leaning Forward
  • I think it took me a few months before I started to notice the improvement in my listening watching the tv show massively. I remem
    ber being so tired on the weekend and used to sleep a lot on weekends.It almost surprised me how much I slept this year in Canada.
    I think I was living with a whole different attitude.I remember the feeling of leaning forward towards tv trying to u [続きを読む]
  • 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]