Hello everyone! It's a furnace too here in Tokyo. This weather makes me SO lazy, Sigh.... Now I decided to use my loaf and I am writing a blog in English! haha :P
I would like to write about English Education in Japan. Jill asked me if I have learnt English for 10 years -- Yes, I started(*) learning it when I was 12 years and had just entered the Junior High School. In Japan, English is mandatory for Junior high school and high school. Usually we study for the entrance examinations of high school and university. Because these exams are paper tests, we learn much of grammar, reading and writing skills, not as much conversation and listening skills.
Answering the question from Ernesto, we first studied Japanese before English. We practise so many 'kanji' characters and about three thousands of Kanji characters will be taught by the end of university education.Though I learnt alphabet in elementary school. It is like Ping Ying in Chinese - This only shows how to pronounce words for foreigners. Does it make sense?
In university, English is not mandatory for students but I took 2 classes. In the 3rd year, I attended the discussion session with Korean students and met people who can speak English as a 2nd language. I was surprised to see the Korean and Japanese students who were in same age, very motivated and socialized. After that, I started learning conversation skills as well :D Also, I am very happy that I still keep in touch with some frineds there! It really is fun!!:)
I am very impressed to the comment from Yosuke san, who is the teacher in Junior high. I still remember the teacher who first taught me Enligsh! He was very nice and influenced me so much. Now I do not really need to speak English in my daily life. Usually I check some English websites, listen to English songs, sing them in Karaoke(:P), and writing Emails to my friends.
I wrote so much! Last thing, I would like to ask readers. How do you use BBC website to learn English? Shall we share the ideas? It would help us learn more about your way of learning and exploring this website! I usually check some articles, especially about Japan, and see how they cover us and how we look from foreign countries. Also I like the episode of 'flatmates' from learning English websites. This always teachs me many expressions.
Please let me know of your ideas!
Dear Amy, could you please teach me the difference of 'begin' and 'start'? I looked up the dictionary but they seem to have the same meanings. I would like to ask if these words have the formal or informal meanings. Thank you so much for your kindness in advance.
Dear Sandra, you asked us what 'san' is. We use 'san' in formal or business scenes when we call someone. It works like 'Mr/Ms', but we use 'san' regardless of sex. I am sure you will be called Sandra-san when you come to Japan! :)
These days Korean food is very popular in Japan too! Doesn't it look yummy? Jen, I hope this motivates you to travel in Korea:)
This was the HangGang river at night with friends! loads of fun!!!
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