Monday, August 14, 2017

Bitcoin spiked

I had actually had short holiday.

As I told on YouTube video, bitcoin surged. My unrealized revenue became over 5000 yen. I bought only bitcoin with 10000 yen.

I bought additional bitcoin. I threw 10000 yen into bitcoin market again.

According to cycle, bitcoin will show next bottom about 5 weeks later. So I'll buy then with 50000 yen. Around 50000 is my limit where I can jokingly throw real money into the market. If more, it will be serious for me.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Having a holiday

Today is Japanese holiday, Mountain day.

So I want to have a holiday of this blog.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I need new iPhone

I wonder I should buy new iPhone this year.

I'm using iPhone as video camera with upload function to YouTube. So even if the new iPhone has new features, I don't use these features, so I don't need new iPhone in that regard.

But my iPhone's storage isn't enough. So I need new iPhone full of memory storage.

According to release cycle, September is the month when new iPhone will be launched. Recently I've never heard about the new product.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My physicals is good condition

I got the result of my health check yesterday.
There are no problem in my body.

It's boring for me. But intaking certain amount to protein didn't make me unhealthy. It was a good news.

Yesterday I walked and pedaled bicycle for a while to go out. After that, my body fat ratio went under 19%. A couple weeks ago, that was  over 21%. I'm getting confident about my physicals.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Typhoon is in my area

Typhoon is in my area maybe.

But nothing is happening. My town is totally safe. My biggest concern is railroad traffic, because I have to go to Odawara in the afternoon. Odakyu Line is very tough against bad weather, so things will be doing well.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy breakfast

I forgot writing this blog article yesterday's morning.
Simply I forgot.

Maybe because too much breakfast satisfied me too much to write this blog articles. I'm full of energy for proper amount of breakfast this morning too. Two bananas which I have had every morning was too small.

That's all for today.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Health check

I have to participate in health check for over 40 in my town.

I didn't have breakfast and work out for the health check this morning.
I'm not fine at all. I'm starving.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Instant Word Power



I started reading this vocabulary book four days ago.

English books for English vocab word are basically difficult. But this book is easy for you maybe, if you have  over 8000 words of English vocabulary. My recent figure was around 8500 words. It was reduced from about 10000.

Of course I'm continuing reading English dictionary before going to bed every night.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How about for me a new display is



I'm not sure whether there are people who want to know how about my new 43 inch display is after purchasing.

I have to say Acer's new display is great for my daily life. I connected that display with Mac Mini, and i'm watching TV shows through Hulu or Internet.

At first, I thought that it's too big size for me to watch BBC's news show. but it's becoming suitable for me recently. Big size display and ultra small size PC is good combination. Of course Apple TV also works for you.

It was expensive for me, but I come to think it was good deal for me.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I have nothing to say

I'm doing well recently.
The better things are doing, the fewer what I have to say is.

I don't have specially new things to say.
I'm in training for my physicals and English language.
And nutritious thing is fine. I'm keeping fit.
But it's nothing special for me.

I am happy enough, but I can't write particular thing because I'm happy enough.
Maybe I have been driven by something tough by now.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Voice input method is improving

I don't have anything to say again.

I can write something after this phrase. But nothing come to mind this morning.
Everything is doing well. That is what I have to say.

Voice input method in iOS is doing well. I have suddenly changed the subject. My pronunciation didn't totally change, but the Recognition rate of voice input method is improving. It can easily recognize what I've spoken ever. If Japanese dirty English speech can be recognized, most people can be recognized with this input method.

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017年7月の英語勉強法

7月も終わりなので今月の英語勉強法をまとめる

・NHK実践ビジネス英語(音読系)

続いている。
以下に書いてあるトレーニングで、かなり楽に音読系トレーニングができる様になった。

・英文暗唱(音読系)

NHK実践ビジネス英語の暗唱をしていたが、復習スケジュールの都合で先日解いたTOEIC模試(やどかり模試の標準模試2)のPart3,4の暗唱を始めた。NHK実践ビジネス英語に比べると簡単に感じるが、暗唱が終わった後はその寸劇は楽にリスニングできるわけで、それなりに効果はあると思う。

・ブログを書く(アウトプット)

ブログは基本的に英語で書く様になったが、「大したこと書けないなあ」と思う様になってきた。何かテーマを決めて書くのが良いと思うが、元々日記ブログみたいなものだったのでこの程度にしかなり得ない気もする。なお、英語の打ち込みには極力音声入力を使うようにしている。

・Youtubeにアップロード(アウトプット)

最近150回を超えたが、ここに書かれているトレーニングの全体的な効果で、以前よりは話せる様になった。ネタに困ることがある時はWSJの記事から思いついた事を話す様にしている。なお、元々の動機が「緊張状態で話せる様になろう」なので、視聴者を引きつける動画作りは一切していない。

・英字新聞を読む(多読)

Wall Street Journalのデジタル版を暇を見ては読んでいる。根っからのニュース好きなので、多読はこれが一番あっているらしい。

・英語素材の多聴(多聴)

WSJ Liveを見たり、Youtubeの動画を見たり、海外ドラマを見たり、BBC World Newsを見たり、ポッドキャストを倍速で聞いたりしている。最近のトレーニングでは暗唱と多聴が英語力アップに特に貢献していると思う。

・英英辞典を読む(語彙・多読)

Longman WordWise DictionaryをAから順番に読んでいる。最近Dに入った。最近の英語力の高まりで読むのがだいぶ楽になってきた。しかし基本的に寝る前に1ページくらいしか進まないので、いつ終わるか不安になってきた。なお、中級者向け辞書なので見出し語として知らない単語はほとんどなく、知らない語義を読む事に意義を感じている。

・洋書のボキャビル本を読む(語彙)

実はこれを始めたのは今日なので、書かない方がいいかと思ったが書く。やはりボキャビルは真剣にした方がいいと思った。だが、もう単語帳で日本語の語義を見るのは嫌なので、日本の単語帳で英英のものがあると良いと思った。洋書のボキャビル本を買ったのを思い出してInstant Word Powerという本を読み始めた。出だしの説明を読んで見たら驚くほど速く読めるので、これを使う時が来たと思い、とりあえずSession1をやった。毎日やれば次のTOEICの試験日前後に終わるはず。

・以上

質問があればTwitterなりこの記事のコメント欄なりで聞いてほしい。だが、私もネットや本で知った方法を応用しているだけなので、あまり良い話ができるとは思えないが。

Cycling in the morning is great

I started riding a bicycle for about fifteen minutes every day.
This morning was the second try.

Riding a bicycle in the morning is pretty great. I had been walking for about one hour before, but bicycle makes me something special. It's a great way to work out. I want to thank to me who bought a sport bicycle before.

Of course I'm continuing other physical training and English language training, I should point out.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

TOEIC模試(やどかり模試標準2)リーディング結果

TOEIC模試をリーディングだけ解いた。
標準模試2(やどかり模試)だ。
結果は:

Part5 25/30 (83%) 15分
Part6 12/16 (75%) 25分
Part7 35/54 (64%) SP50分 DP61分
合計 72/100
予想スコア 330-415 中間値372.5

Part7手をつけた問題 34/50 (68%)

解いた感想としては、まず終盤に入ってもあまり疲れを感じなくなった。ここ2週間か3週間くらい英語のポッドキャストを長時間聞いて英語漬け生活をしていたので、英語に対する慣れはかなり改善されていると思う。さらに、Part5,6は全文読むなど、急がずに解いたわりに以前より6問ほど解くスピードが改善した。一応日頃の努力の結果は出ていると思われる。以上よかった事を先に書いておきたい。

結果そのものについて書く。問題を見直さないとはっきりしないが、何かものすごい勘違いをしているのに全く気づかないという事が頻発していたようだ。英検準1の長文では満足いく結果だったのに、なんでTOEICになると全然ダメなのか理由がわからない(TOEICというかTOEIC模試だが)。

やどかり模試そのものの感想だが、リーディングもTOEICらしい問題ばかりに感じた。予想スコアはたぶん適当に設定しているのだと思うが、この模試で重要なのは予想スコアではないので、細かいことは気にしない。ただし難易度は全体的に簡単に感じた(ただし正解率はひどい)。

しばらく休憩したら問題を見直して、気づいた事を以下に書く。遅くとも今日の夕方くらいにはまとまっていると思う。

ーーーー

見直しをしたので気づいた事を書く。

Part5,6の間違えを解き直した感じだと、まだ覚えておかないといけないことはある、と言わざるを得ない。Part5,6に特化して練習をすると良い気もする。

Part7の間違えを冷静になって回答したらほぼ間違えがなかった(1問だけ単語がわからない問題があったが)。まだ自分の中に焦りがあるのかもしれない。毎回思っている事を書くが、Part7は素早く解くよりは、とにかく冷静になってドキュメント全体を見回し正答率をあげるほうが、スコアに貢献しそうな気がする。だが、心のどこかで「試験問題は全て終わらせないといけない」さらに「終わったら見直す余裕がないといけない」という強迫観念がある。

Part6が終わったところで時間を確認して焦る傾向にあるので、結局Part5,6のスピードアップが精神的余裕に繋がるかもしれない。

Part7は英語の耐久力をあげるのも良いが、ドキュメントを見通す時のポイントを押さえておいたほうが良いような気もする。こういう散文的な作業を英語でした経験がないので、場数を積もうと思ったら問題演習しかないわけだが、全然面白くないのは容易に想像できる。

Taking practice test

I will take the practice test of TOEIC in the morning today.

It's only The reading section.
I've already took the listening section before.

So I will report the result in Japanese.

Today's blog is too simple, but that's it.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Is it about time to happen?

North Korea launched ICBM again.

BBC News which I watched just now said it reaches San Francisco and Chicago.

If the US doesn't become serious about this issue, North Korea will succeed to establish the historical example that concentration to develop nuclear weapons let even poor country which getting sanctions by UN defeat the US.

As average Japanese, though, I understand that balance of international security, shortly speaking keeping peace around East Asia, is tough thing for three countries, Japan, the US, and South Korea.

It's too complicated thing for me.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Nothing special for me

I have nothing to say usually.
I have to say about greatness of protein? I don't say such a ridiculous thing.

Renho's resign is surprising, but it's not what I want to say.

My life isn't so flashy and attractive, training for English language, physical training, intaking protein powder with cocoa powder and having daily meal. It's no special thing for me.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

It's good for me to do nothing sometimes

I'm feeling to do nothing today.
But suddenly stopping this blog is not good for everyone.

I also have some scheduled English training, so I have to say that I couldn't drop all things to do.

Talking other story, I'm feeling my English skill reduced. But I'm not sure whether the lost skill was actually acquired skill, or just my imaginary, ideal skill.

I can say that the effort for English skill will be considered.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Totally good




My new 43 inch display is too big, but I'm becoming familiar with it.

After my display broken, I ordered Acer's 43 inch 4K display. It needs about a week because it's new product.

When it arrived, I thought that it's too big for my personal use. Especially when watching news channels. But for movies on Hulu, it's great item for watching. Combining with 2.1ch speakers, this big 4K display is good for watching American serial dramas.

This display is a little expensive for me, but totally good marchant.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fatigued and listless

I'm fatigued and listless.

Honestly, it's the best to do nothing this morning, but I write simply "I'm tired."

I have some schedule to do English training, so I need to do soon.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Too much is bad


New display arrived.
43 inch is too much for me. It's too big.

It's good for watching movies, but for news it's too big.

I began to think it's fail to buy this display.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Protein with cocoa is good

I didn't feel so tired by yesterday's trip.

Every year I had been very tired overnight trips of this seasons, but I'm feeling great now.

I guess that intaking protein powder every day is good for me. Japanese meal especially in my home is lack of protein, I found recently. So protein powder made me in good shape.

Mascle pain which I had when I started mascle training really disappeared much faster than I expect. And after that I hardly have mascle pain thanks to drinking protein with cocoa.

Watching twitter, I see many Japanese intaking protein for their fit. It's becoming a kind of trending word among a part of Japanese.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Staying a hotel in Atami

I'm staying a hotel in Atami for overnight trip with my family.

Actually it's second experience to stay the hotel, so I don't feel unconvinient many situations, Taking the onsen, Eating at the buffet, and buying a coffee at the convince store near the hotel in early morning.

I got up around 5:30, almost the same as usual. And I took some video for my YouTube video channel. I could edit these videos together only in my iPhone and iPad. Apple is great.

We'll have breakfast and get back home. It's simple trip every year but I love it.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Going to Atami today

As I wrote, i'm going to Atami famous for hot spring today.
I'm looking forward to that.

Atami is near here, though, I rarely go on a trip, so it's my pleasure.

We have lunch around Odawara and check in the hotel in Atami afternoon. It'll be nice day today.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Continuing my training



I will talk about this. I'm continuing this muscle traning.
I bought training mat to protect floor.

I felt burdened of my shoulder, but my muscle pain around shoulder is almost vanished. I started intaking protein with cocoa powder. I'm in good shape except for appearance of my torso.

As side effect of this training, I'm also in good shape of my mind. I'm great recent few days. Exercise made me happy, but by some chance I had been bad in nutorition.

I have also been stopping alcohol for about a week. It's a good symptom for me to do that without worrying.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Talking every day is very tough

I have nothing to say usually.

Kicking camera app and shooting the breeze are very easy for me. Of cource getting attention is another story. But doing a particular thing every day is relatively hard, even though it's talking about daily happening.

I don't have things to speak, so I am talking about the article of WSJ almost everyday in my YouTube video.

I have to do that in my blog?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Muscle pain

I noticed right now that I have muscle pain at abdominal muscle.

I have never thought Abroller is efficient yesterday, so I was encouraged to use this item. But I have to recover my muscle pains today.

To recover my muscles, I bought cheap soy protein, which costs 1700 yen and contains 1 kilograms. I'll intake this with bananas for breakfast.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I bought Abroller

As I told in my YouTube video, I bought Abroller.


This is traning item for upper part of your body, especially your abdominal muscles.

I did feel burdened around my shoulder when I tried yesterday. But I felt burdened around my abdominal muscles this morning when I tried. So it's a great way to train your abdominal muscle.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

TOEIC模試(やどかり標準2)リスニング結果

朝の投稿で書いた通り、TOEIC模試をリスニングだけ解いた。
標準模試2(やどかり模試)だ。

結果は、

Part1 6/6 (100%)
Part2 15/25(60%)
Part3 31/39 (79%)
Part4 23/30 (76%)
合計 75/100
予想スコア 355-430 中間値 392.5

だった。問題を解いていて感じた大雑把な感想だが、聞けている感じは十分にする。去年の4月頃のようにリスニングをしていて音が潰れたように聞こえる事は全くなくなった。聞いていて早いと感じることもないし、話の流れも掴める。

ただし、リテンションや集中力の問題が残った。Part2でいうと、聞こえていたはずなのにwhereだったかwhyだったかぽっかり忘れてしまうような、聞いた言葉を忘却する現象に悩まされた。さらにPart3,4では選択肢を読んだりマークシートに目をやっていて、大事なところを聞き逃してしまう事が多かったように感じる。

集中力の問題は問題演習をしっかりして、有効な解答法を見出せば解決しそうな問題にも感じる。だが、それは英語力とは違う局面の話なので悩ましい。一方で、こうやって定期的に模試を解いてみるのも、ある意味試験対策とも言えるわけで、努力の割に進歩がない事がちょっと腹ただしい。

リテンションが伸びてないのは、半月ほどNHK実践ビジネス英語の暗唱をしてきてショックだったが、暗唱というのはそういう効果を期待してはいけないのだろうか?単に練習期間が少ないだけだろうか?英語を解釈する力は上がっていると思うのだが。

この模試そのものの感想を書いておく。

前評判では、この模試が一番本番に近い、という事なのだが、私見では4月の本番よりも若干解いていて楽だった。最近の私の英語力の高まりを考えずに書くが「この模試はまだぬるい」と感じた。だが重要な点として、以前のスコア激あげ模試で感じた「TOEICらしくない」という感じはない。正直「公式問題集とよく似せて作ってあるなあ」という感触を覚えた。

公式問題集中心の勉強をしてきて、内容を覚えてしまうくらいで演習に使えなくなってしまったら、この模試はいい選択肢だと思った。

このあとは恒例の問題見直しと出来なかった問題のシャドーイングをする。ちょっとした都合で、出来なかった問題を見直した後の感想は、しばらく後になるかもしれない。今日の午後かもしれない。だが気づきがあったら以下に追記する。

見直しが終わったので、気づいたことを書いておく。

Part2については見直しで概ね聞き取れていたので、あとでもう一度聞き直しをすれば身につくかもしれない。

Part3,4については、聞き逃しと思っていた部分がしっかり聞き取れない状態だった事がわかった。英語の意味の解釈が十分に行われていないと思われ、これは単純にその文章の語句が完全には身についていないという事だと思われる。これも明日あたり聞き直しをすればしっかり身につくように思われる。

こうして聞き返してみると、これらの問題は決してぬるいわけではなく、見事に私の弱点を突いてきたと言える。明日出来なかった問題を聞き返したり、来週あたりもう一度試験形式で解いてみるか、通してリスニングしてみるといいかもしれない。

とりあえず明日もう一度時間を作って見直しをしよう。

Practice test for TOEIC

I will take a practice test of TOEIC today.

I bought a couple of practice test last week. I wanted to know my ability of English through this test. Of course I can get precise score to take real TOEIC test, which I am going to take in September. But I can't wait anyway.

Especially my listening skill is improving rapidly, so I wanted to know objective figure right now. And the preparation tast is cheap compared to the real test.

The best thing is that I can take cheap TOEIC test through the Internet at my home, and I don't need "official" score but what has same metrics.

If I take the test I'm going to write about it in Japanese on this blog.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fluency and grammatical mistakes

It's also fine day today. I see rainy season is ending. It will be hot today too.

My fluency of English speaking is becoming better than ever because of recent recitation training. But grammatical mistakes is increasing. I'm becoming familiar with speech on YouTube video, but it's bad meaning.

I lose "be" in "will be solved," for example.

I'm conscious about these mistakes with recorded videos, so it will be solved someday.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Going on a trip

I said a bit on this blog yesterday that I am going to Atami hotspring for overnight trip next Friday.

My family goes overnight trip every year. I hardly go on a trip, so I am looking forward to that.

That's all I have to say today. I want to say more but I don't have anything to say really. It's hard to talk about yourself every day much more than you think.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I ordered new display

I ordered this 4K display.

Actually my old display was broken yesterday.  I have written about the display when I bought. But JapanNext is the worst manufacturer, that is no Japanese maker, which I found after purchasing.

Acer is one of long running brand, so I must have bought from such a company from the first.


I'm using this TV now. I need to wait for new display arrival. which will be launched 21 this July. Unfortunately, we will go on overnight trip between 21st and 22nd, so I need to receive after 23rd.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Taiwanese Chinese tea(complicated)

I'm a drinking Chinese tea every day.

I found a Chinese tea selling  at the shop in Odawara station is very nice. So I'm drinking the tea every day especially during training English. And I find myself a little fit.

I have to say I have been quitting  alcohol for a while, but Chinese tea is great for my health.

To say more details, the tea is from Taiwan not from mainland China. I can't still trust about Chinese food so I prefer Taiwanese food to Chinese one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Drinking and improving English

I was feeling becoming a great listener or English until I drunk.

The day before yesterday my tention of my brain was becoming more serious level. So I needed something relaxing. So I have drunk. But the next day my listening ability was becoming worse, while I could listen to English directly into my brain the previous day.

I was very shocked by that. But if I who drink couldn't improve my English, that has no meaning for me.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Donuts Suddenly

I have nothing to say as usual.

Actuary I like the donuts at convenience stores. Especially I like Family Mart's double chocolate donut, with iced coffee. A shop near my house has the counter and the table for eating there. After the dentist I stop by the shop and I enjoy donuts.

The dentist's treatment have been ended recently, and I haven't been there. I wanted to be there right now. But which is better Starbucks shaken lime drink or that coffee?

I have chosen donuts.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Important symptom

I have nothing to say this morning.

I have understood the difference between want and won't. It's still difficult for me to be recognized by voice input system.

I have seen dream in English while in my bed. I have heard somewhere that international student see the dream in foreign languages like that. It's interesting phenomenon for English learners to experience, and I found that I can do in Japan.

I am feeling something strange around my brain. It's also a crucial symptom for me to improve my English ability.  I have experienced this symptom many times before improving.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

It's already summer

I have nothing to say usually.

It's rainy season in Japan but it's fine weather in Kanto region. It's summer informally.

I started advertising my YouTube video. I am speaking longer than its beginning. I decided to set up advertisements if a video's time is over two minutes.

Today's video is here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

No need to be perfect, but

I have nothing to say as usual.

Recitation training is very good for me. My English skill is rapidly improving I am happy to report.

But making English sentences in my brain is good but my pronunciation is not good for me. Listing what we talk on the YouTube video, my pronunciation sounds like typical Japanese. I'm not sure that's the truth. Everyone comment to me said my English is good. But I can't judge myself.

IOS Voice input System can detect my voice more easily than ever. But that's not perfect. Sometimes that irritates me.

I know I don't need to be perfect guy, of course.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Nikkei225 is going down

I see that Nikkei225 will go down.

I will talk about Nikkei225 after a long time. I changed the way to see Nikkei225. It's fifth wave of Elliot wave principle. So it's going to the end of upward trend of five wave.

I sold Nikkei225 leverage ETF yesterday.

I don't judge from the Japanese geopolitical issue. Only from Elliot wave. I'm not sure I am right. But I don't enter Nikkei225 if it doesn't indicates short term upward trend again, at least until updating maximum price.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tired

I am feeling tired and I don't know why. I can't come up with what to say today.

I didn't feel whether typhoon go passed my area or not in my bed.

I will talk about my nephew. my younger nephew is becoming better Japanese speaker than ever. He said yesterday, "Look. My teacher and I made that." He also recognized that playing with uncle Toshio is fun.

We reassured that he can speak Japanese well. Once we used to be worried about his latency of speech. He was learning English on YouTube video with used smart phone.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Exhausted

I lead no special days, so I don't have anything to say.

I woke up at 3 AM, And I roughly read a book which I have already read before. I was very exhausted by only two hours sleep shortage.

So I don't actually write today.

Monday, July 3, 2017

I'm taking TOEIC test

I have nothing to say continuously.
I forgot writing this blog in English yesterday.

I have applied TOEIC test in September. As I wrote in this blog in Japanese, I took TOEIC official practice test yesterday, and I could get 90% of raw score in listening section. But I already took this test many times so I wanted to take a real test as soon as possible.

I will take Eiken test in October. So I need to take TOEIC except in October.

I dislike preparing test. But even if I say something, TOEIC test is good metrics for English learners. Of course it's great to be without the test, though, I need a third party evaluation.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017年6月の英語勉強法

新しい月が始まったので、先月の英語勉強法をまとめる。

私の英語力を書いておくが、これは自慢じゃなく、これを参考にする人がレベルのすり合わせをするために書くので。

TOEIC770前後(1月775、4月765)
英検準1級受験レベル(6月の素点がリーディング8割、リスニング4割)
語彙数8740(7月5日のTest Your Vocabularyによる)

・NHK実践ビジネス英語(音読系)

続いている。細かい事は書かないが、先月末から本文の暗唱を取り入れた。スピーキングの教材としては最強だと思うが、最近はリスニングやリーディングではイマイチ感が出てきた。それでもわからない語彙や熟語の英文は聞き取れないし読めないので、ひとまず3月までは継続する気でいる。

・ブログを英語で書く(アウトプット)

このブログは英語で書くようになった。さらに、極力音声入力を使うようにしている。発音を意識するのは思った以上に良い効果があると感じている。

・YouTubeでスピーチ(アウトプット)

英語で毎朝適当にテーマを決めてYouTubeにスピーチをアップロードしている。ほぼ一発撮りなので、かなりシドロモドロになる。ちゃんとしゃべっている回は大抵1回目に失敗して2度目を撮っている。

・英字新聞を読む(多読)

今はWall Street Journalを読んでいる。ただし、ちょっと読書量が減っている気がしないでもない。というか、一時期頑張って読んでいた頃より減っている。

・洋書を読む(多読)

サボりがちだが、読んでいる。今はPsycho Cyberneticsという自己啓発系の本を読んでいる。なお、大雑把に何が書いてあるか知っているので、語彙が厳しくても読めない事はない。

・一般的な英語素材の多聴(多聴)

毎朝英語教材ではない英語を聞いている。WSJ Live, BBCのThe Archersやニュースのボッドキャスト、YouTubeの英語の動画など。Huluを使ってBBC World Newsの聞き流しも日常的にしている。さらに海外ドラマを毎日1話見ている。

・英英辞典を読む(語彙・多読)

英英辞典を寝る前に読んでいる。毎晩1、2ページしか進まないので、来年の今頃にならないと読み終わらないだろう。なお、中級者向けの辞書なので、知らない見出し語に出くわす事はあまりない。

・以上

個別の詳細について質問があるなら、コメントなりTwitterなりに送ってほしい。

TOEIC公式問題集結果

今日は久しぶりにTOEIC公式問題集を解いた。リスニングのみ。
新形式対応編のTest1だ。

結果を書く前にはっきりさせておくが、記憶が曖昧だが残されている解答用紙によると、この問題は何回か解いているようだ。結果は、

Part1 6/6 (100%)
Part2 24/25 (96%)
Part3 37/39 (94%)
Part4 23/30 (76%)
合計 90/100
推定スコア 400-475 中間値437.5

となった。Part4だけあまりできていない気がする。しかし、実はPart3まで割と記憶に残っているセリフが多かったのだ。だから、むしろそちらがズルなだけで、Part4が自然な結果かもしれない。とすれば、あまり実力的な変化はない、とも取れる。しかし、単純に「かなりよくできた」と思っておいた方が精神衛生上は良いだろう。

問題を覚えてしまっていた可能性も考慮に入れて感想を書く。まずTOEICの音声はそれほど早いと感じなくなってきた。自然な会話の速度に感じる。ただし、本番の音声はもっと速かったり、聞き取りにくかったりしたと記憶している。だから問題集の音声がわかっても自慢にならないはず。本番での初見の問題だともっと成績は悪いだろう。

だとしても、最近の英語トレーニングの改革がうまく行っているように感じた。具体的にはあとでまとめて「6月の勉強法」として書くが、英語教材でない素材でしっかり意識を向けてリスニングする時間を毎日取ったり、NHK実践ビジネス英語の寸劇を暗唱したりした。それがかなりいい結果になっている。

問題を解いた後の疲労感も全くなく(むしろこの記事を書いて疲れた)、すぐ問題の見直しに入れそうな状態にある。気づいた事があれば下に追記するが、たぶん問題そのものには新しい発見はないだろう。

見直しをして気づいたことを書く。

あまり重要でない事かもしれないが、Part2で出来なかった原因は、Seoulという単語を聞き取れなかったからだった。隣国の首都の名前を聞き取れないのはちょっとどうかと思う が本当に認識出来なかった。これがBeijingだったら確実に聞き取れるわけで、意外と聞いたことのない単語だったと言える。

それと、Part4は出来なかった問題をシャドーイングしておいた方が良いと思った。少し休憩したら取り組む。

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Reading skill is reducing

I felt that my English reading ability is reducing. Actually my amount of reading is reducing. I was surprised to be easy to lose reading ability in English.

On the other hand, my speaking ability is improving rapidly. I found recitation training is good for speaking skill.

I am always talking about English training recently. But that's true I'm thinking about English trainings everyday.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Recitation training is for me

Recitation training will count the seventh times today.

I thought it was hard to do. But it's much easier than I thought. Of course I read materials aloud many times enough to recitate it. And I found that recitation training is a finisher for reading aloud training.

I don't have any special thing to say. So that's all for today.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reading the dictionary is continuing

As I said on this blog, I'm reading a dictionary every night.

It reached 140 pages, out of 800 pages. It took about two and a half months for me to reach the page. It's more hard to continue this routine than I had thought. It will take about a year to finish reading the dictionary.

I already bought a dictionary for next. But it was too much early.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

dream can't realize, can it?

A person said that you are full of dreams, but that's a good thing?

I went to the crinic, and I talked about USCPA to A doctor. He said that I am full of dreams. I felt as if I can't realize it, or as if it has no means to realize that sort of thing. In my house I felt myself angry.

I feel bad when I remember that every time.

Once I began to evaluate the thing can realize, it's not a dream, but a proposition to prove.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recitating is good for me

I started recitation traning in English.

A polyglot tweeted on Twitter that he had trained his English skill with recitating English book. And I found a book says that recitation is good English training for those who is near 800 of TOEIC L&R. So I who seeking new training for NHK English cource by Satoshi Sugita decided to try recitation its skits.

I already completed recitating 4 skits. It takes about 40 munites to have done a skit. It's the same time as my usual training with NHK English cource. I need about 40 minutes for a lesson of it. So I can intake this training into daily routine.

I typically review the cource after one day, three days, one week, one month and two months. So I renew the reviews after two months as recitation training.

I want not to say about that but my English skill is improving thanks for the training. I can listen to BBC more easily then ever.  It was happened after only three days.

I will continue to try this training.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Attended a meeting for USCPA

I am very tired because I got back home late yesterday.
As you already know, I took part in a informational meeting at the prep school in Shinjuku for USCPA.

I found the exam will be very hard because it takes four hours per subject. I need to take four subjects.

But USCPA course at the prep school seemed not too tough. So I will take the course after learning English satisfies me. By some chance I will forget about that.

Taking USCPA is becoming not special for me.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Going to Shinjuku

As I said in this blog, I'm going to Shinjuku today to attend the informational meeting at a prep school.

I haven't decided to join the cause of USCPA yet. Anyway I should know about the details of it. After that I can decide not to join the course. I have to take action.

I haven't been to Tokyo for a long time. I am staying Shinjuku for two hours or so, but I wish I could be able to feel something.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Listening to English doing other things

I have nothing to say as usual.

As I said in YouTube video, I am listening to BBC while doing other things for about two years. The article of Scientific America says that listening English while doing something else is a good way to support learning English. Your subconscious is listening to the content and reviewing what you have learned.

Actually I'm not sure about because I don't have certain evidence about that. But my feeling is that it's sure that I am learning something during listening to BBC doing other things.

The downside is that your boss won't accept about that in the working hours maybe.

Friday, June 23, 2017

My pronunciation is improving

I don't have anything to say today as usual.

I got 95 points on a pronunciation test.

 

Recently i'm losing confidence of pronunciation but Voice input method is improving its recognition rate of my voice. So I thought my pronunciation is becoming better by some chance.

But I wondered they can estimate my pronunciation through MacBook's mic.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Still improving

I am sure you are being bored about this kind of thing.
But I am improving my listening skill lately. And I want to encourage myself to learn English more by this blog article.

Recently I have time to practice English listening for about 30 minutes or one hour before studying NHK English course every morning. The Archers, BBC global news, WSJ Live, and YouTube videos in English etc.

I remember that I wrote in this blog that I improved listening skill as if I can input directly in my brain. But the same kind of phenomenon is becoming common, I felt. My daily effort made me a better English listener than the period.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Going to Shinjuku

I am going to Shinjuku to attend the presentation about USCPA course at a prep school next Sunday.

I haven't decided to take the exam yet though, I have to listen about that anyway, and after that I'm considering about the money to prepare.

I'm wondering whether I am qualified for taking USCPA, and that its cost performance is enough to boost my value in the job market. I did already learned about that on the Internet, but I should verify those things.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pondering about the future

As I wrote in Japanese, I couldn't pass pre1 grade Eiken test.

I already knew about that by my self check, so I wasn't so shocked. That is better point than TOEIC test.

I'll continue to learn English as usual, and I'll take the next test in autumn.

I have been blur about after getting high score on TOEIC test or passed pre1 grade Eiken test. But I'm considering getting USCPA. I don't have account or business degrees, so I could only get 'Pass'. I heard that even that is valuable among the job market.

Actually I come to dislike getting a job, especially IT related jobs, which made me suffered from illness for over 10 years. But someday I will be unable to live by national supports. The day when I have to rerurn workforce will come. I need to boost my value in the job market.

I spend tough time when pondering that sort of thing. I sometimes think that I must have died by illness when I was 3 years old employee of a subsidiary of Fujitsu, and that a man getting older without specific standpoint, partner and children is too sad.

Monday, June 19, 2017

英検準1級2017年6月結果

英検準1級の結果が出た。


上の通り、当初の予定通り不合格だった。

素点で判定するわけではないので、さっぱりわからないのだが、リーディングのスコアはほぼ素点の割合と同じで8割、リスニングとライティングが不明瞭だが7割。そしてスコアでの合格基準は8割越えでないとダメと言うことになる。7割できていれば合格と言う話はどこに行ったのかわからないが、ダメなものはダメなのだろう。

合計スコアで言うと、あと64ポイント足りないのだが、これはライティングは現状維持を目指して、素点で全然できなかったリスニングを強化すれば、合格レベルに達する可能性が高い、と言うことか?

23日に詳細が表示されるようになるらしいので、またその時に分析しないといけないだろう。

今の心情を書いておく。事前に自己採点をしていたので、「まあダメだろう」と言うのはわかっていた。だから、TOEICと違って精神的ダメージがあまりないし、「また頑張ろう」と言う気になる。そう言うわけで秋も英検準1級を目指す。

Grade pre1 Eiken test, the result is today

I will get that result of Eiken test today.
I know I couldn't pass the exam, so today is nothing special for me as usual.

But I have to admit the result. I will write new article about that in Japanese in the afternoon.

I'll took the autumn's exam again if I couldn't pass the exam exactly. I need to prepare for listening section. This test is teaching me I need it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Improving my English isn't getting high score?

I have nothing to say as usual.

I come to guess TOEIC score doesn't equivalent real English abilities. Of cource my English skill isn't enough, but TOEIC needs quick actions much more than listening skill. So I'm gradually questioning TOEIC score system.

On the other hand, I may overcome the test with better English ability than now, I guess. So I see that people with high score is very crazy English user who made much effort to improve their skill. I need to be like them.

Whether I get high score or not, I continue to make effort for English abilities. It doesn't make any pain for me.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mentally tired

I'm mentally tired. So I'm reluctant to write this blog this morning.

I took a practice test of TOEIC and I got the terrible result of it. I got 63 Point of raw score, and it's saying my expectable score of listening section is around 310. As I already wrote in Japanese, The practice test isn't like a true TOEIC test. I guess that maybe the score  is fake too.

I will try the practice test which I already took today or tomorrow.

I am still using iOS Voice input method, I need to correct my input if it couldn't recognize. But this system is totally fun for me. I can't led it recognize my pronunciation of 'is'. I couldn't learn the correct pronunciation of it when I was Junior high school student. At the first you should learn pronunciation anyway.

Friday, June 16, 2017

TOEIC模試の結果(激伸び模試TEST1リスニングのみ)

書くかどうか迷ったが書く。
TOEIC模試をリスニングだけ解いた。スコア激伸び模試のテスト1だ。
結果が衝撃的だった。

Part1 4/6(66%)
Part2 14/25(56%)
Part3 28/39(71%)
Part4 17/30(56%)
合計 63/100
予想スコア 310-330

まず言い訳になってしまうが、この模試はTOEIC的でないと感覚的にわかる。Part1の時点で「こんな問題出ないんじゃない?」と思った。その上で総合力の問題としてこの模試は全然出来なかった。私はTOEICではリスニングで400ちょいくらいは出せるので、4月から突然英語力が落ちてしまったのでない限り、同じくらいの予想スコアになると思っていたのが、全く予想外の結果になった。

問題の難易度が特に高いと言う印象もなかったのに低スコアになり、リスニングのできなさを容赦なく測ると言う点ではかなり優秀な模試と言える。別の言い方をすれば。ただ、Amazonのレビューを見たらやはり「これはTOEICじゃない」と言う意見が高評価だったので、TOEIC模試としては失格なのだろう。

7月はTOEICを受けないつもりだったので、手をつけていなかった模試をやって最近の出来栄えを試そうかと思ったのだが、逆にモヤモヤしてしまった。初見でなくても公式問題集をやるべきだった。

この模試は特に復習しなくていいかと思ったが、一応できなかった問題を振り返ってみる。

追記:
一通り問題を見直したので、気づいたことを書く。

やはりいくつかの問題で「こんな問題TOEICで出たかなあ…」と言う問題があった。具体的に内容を書いてしまうと問題がありそうなので避けるが、少なくともこう言う状況は普通のビジネスではあり得ないのでは?と言うシチュエーションがあって、そう言う問題は何回聞き返しても「おかしい、よくわからん」となった。さらに言えば、設問そのものが常識的にあり得ないものもあった。

ただ、総合的な能力としては「こう言う問題も出来ないとダメなんだろうなあ」と思わないでもない。

それと、個人的な問題として、TOEICの回答の様に忙しいものは自分にはムリかと思った。個人の資質の問題として。見直ししていて1発でわかるものが割と多かった。しかし、私は焦るとダメだし、臨機応変にテキパキ作業をこなさないといけないような職種って根本的に向いてないんだろうなあ、と思う。まあ、どんな仕事もテキパキこなさないといけないわけだが。

まあ、40越えのおじちゃんには酷なテストとは思う。TOEICは。

Eiken test makes me busy

The result of Eiken test will be revealed next Monday.

I see I can't pass the examination, because I couldn't do the best performance in the listening test. I have a schedule for over night trip next month. I need to reschedule for NHK English, that's very complicated for me. So not passing the exam is a little helping for me, actually. If I have pass the exam, I would have a need for participating in second exam, an interview in English, next month.

I want to talk about that on Monday in Japanese.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Who I dislike anyway

I don't want to say anything today.

I found the one Who did fight with me on Twitter dissed me again. He usually retweets the others opinions, and hardly say his own opinions except of criticism to others, which make me irritated. Yesterday I watched his tweets after a long time, and I found he dissed me, in addition he misunderstanding me, by some chance intentionally.

I know he is evil and his character trait makes him not to seem decent Japanese. His thought, at first he judge others by TOEIC score and he disses who is below him, is distorting Japanese English learners society on twitter. He seeking others' weakness and disses. I could never become his friend. I want him to be who is never existing in my mind.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nation's name

I have nothing to write about myself and my surroundings. So I want to say about the same thing on YouTube video.

Philippine is considering changing the nations name, I read about it in Wall Street Journal. They are saying that Philip is Spanish king, so Philippine sounds dependent. On the other hand, some says Philip is Christian name so they must be proud.

The discussion is very complicated for Zen and Shinto people like me, so I'm not sure which one is right. I said in YouTube that they must change pronunciation-friendly for poor Japanese like me jokingly, but it's important matter for them so I think they have to be careful about that anyway.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Taking English exams

I don't have a particular thing to say.

I'm waiting for the result of Eiken test, which I can't pass maybe. I found why I can't get the high score on TOEIC test. My downside is listening In English.

But I dislike English test so if I pass the Eiken test, I will, by some chance, quit the English exam. I have said about that many times on my blog. But maybe I will continue taking exams, because to take the exam is very encouraging for me on the other hand.

I'm practicing the English training every day alone. So it's important for me to know many people studying English except for me.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A dentist is great

I already talked about the dentist on YouTube video.
But I have nothing to say on the blog too. So I had to say about the dentist.

I'm not sure you know or not, but I wrote about a dentist many times before. She aren't trustworthy. And I switched the new dentist recently. The dentist was great. Their utensils using water, but they let the water not flow into my throat. So I don't feel yuck. So I don't have to worry about the dentist.

By some chance The dentist like them may be norm now, and simply I may be becoming a old uncle. But it's a good thing to say for me.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My town's stories

Kanto region entered in rainy season, Tsuyu.
My town is holding hydrangea festival but it's countryside of the town.

My town is the stage of two Mangas. The first is Sankarea, a zombie story, and the second is Bye Bye Humankind, a zombie story too maybe. I read the episode 1 of BBH recently, and thought "zombies again..."

I don't know why manga artists look at my town as a zombie town, but my town suits zombies maybe. That's the harsh reality anyway.

My nearby city Odawara is the stage of Haruki Murakami's novel. We need such cool folks, not zombie mania. But my town is not special so it's thankful for us to be in siege by zombies.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

2017年5月までの英語勉強法

英検が終わったら書こうと思っていたが、先延ばしにしていた。
この記録がないと、英語の試験で成績が悪かった原因を振り返れないので書く。

最近やめてしまったり遠ざかっている勉強法もあり、書かないとやめたことも忘れてしまうので、原因込みで一緒に書く。

私のレベルを一応書いておくと、

・TOEIC770前後
・英検準1級受験レベル(6月にリーディング80%、リスニング40%)
・語彙力9500から10000くらい(Test Your Vocabularyによる)
・40代
・とにかく時間には余裕がある

になる。

・NHK実践ビジネス英語(音読系)

メインの教材で、復習も含めほぼ毎日やっている。音読などの典型的な英語学習法で使っている。細かいやり方はいちいち書いているとそれだけで1つの記事になるので、リクエストがあったら独立して細かく書く。

・CNN English Express(音読系)

先月からやめている。理由は明確にある。語彙以外ではほぼ聞き取れるレベルになったのだ。それで、Huluを使ってBBCを見ることでリスニングが向上したのもあり、語彙は語彙として、同じレベルのリスニングはより安いHuluで多聴した方が良いと思い始めたのだ。決してこの教材がダメな訳ではない。むしろこの教材のおかげでTOEICで700を超えて775が取れたと思っているので、700手前くらいで苦しんでいる向きにはかなり薦める。

・瞬間英作文(暗唱)

最近やっていない。実はCNNeeと同じ時間帯にやっていたのだが、CNNeeをやめてしまったら、なんとなく同時にやめてしまった。学習法としてはかなり良いと思っている。これがなければ、下のブログもスピーチもありえない。また取り入れるとしたら、瞬間英作文という形ではなく、長文なり短文なりの暗記になると思う。

・ブログを書く(アウトプット)

このブログは基本的に英文で書くようになった。さらに最近では、極力iOSの音声入力を使うようにしている。それで発音にこだわり出すようになってきて、いい影響が出ている。

・YouTubeでスピーチ(アウトプット)

すでに100日を超えている。内容的にもだんだん高度になってきたし、初日も「大してできない訳ではないな」と思っていたが、今は格段に良くなっている。

・英英辞書を読む(語彙・多読)

「引く」ではなく「暗記」でもなく「読む」だ。Longman Wordwise Dictionaryという辞書を最初から読んでいる。最初は「わからない単語に一回は目を通す」目的だったが、このレベルの辞書では全然わからない単語というのはほとんどなく、知っている単語の知らない語義に目を通すという目的になりつつある。それに多読的な効果も感じている。

・英字新聞を読む(多読)

3月から先月までJapanNewsを読んでいたが、多読としてかなり良かった。ポイントはある程度理解できる英語を大量に読むことで、読んでわからないものをわかるように精読するのとは違うアプローチをしている。今はWall Street Journalを毎日読んでいる。レベル的にWSJはJapanNewsより微妙に難しいのだが、今はそれほど苦もなく読んでいる。なお、全ての記事に目を通す的な英語学習っぽさは飽きてやめる原因になるので、普通の新聞と同じように見出しを見て気になった記事だけ読むようにしている。

・洋書を読む(多読)

最近サボりがちになっている。一般的な多読の手法として「つまらなかったらその本はやめる」というのを実行しなかったら、結局長期的には全くやらない状態になってしまった。多分これは株などの損切りと同じで、とにかく早めに見切って再び興味が沸くときのために取っておいた方がいい。

・英語のテレビを視聴(多聴)

主にBBC。最近Huluで安く見られることに気づいて取り入れた。ただ、Huluはあまりいいサービスでなく、時々日本語が混ざったりしてその度に腹を立てている。噂話だが、BBCが配信サービスを始めるらしいので、それが始まったらそちらに移行する予定だ。

・WSJ Liveを視聴(多聴)

最近取り入れてみた。Wall Street Journalの動画が見られるiOSのアプリで、毎朝30分くらい使って見るようにしている。多読多聴はある程度意味が汲み取れるレベルの人でないとあまり意味はないと思う。

・YouTubeで英語コンテンツを視聴(多聴)

無料で多聴をするならYouTubeがいいと思っている。ただし、聞いていて80%くらいは理解できないと明確な効果は無いと思った方がいい。ただし、自分のレベルアップを確かめる簡単な手段とも言え、一回観て「全然わからない」と思っても、あとで再び観てみるのを薦める。

・以上
個別の質問も受け付けるので、疑問な点は聞いてほしい。

Chinese as sophisticated people

I have nothing to say as usual.
So I will say about what I said on YouTube video. About China.

I haven't been there but I see Chinese is becoming sophisticated people. I read a WSJ article about China and I found a word, bike sharing. I thought they are dropping bicycles, riding automobiles and polluting their environment. They will become more sophisticated people same as Japanese, or by some chance more, I guess.

I want to see Chinese society but lacking of freedom of thought in China is a fear of mine.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Learning is endless

My speech last about three minutes in my YouTube video.

It was the first time since about 100 days ago when I started speech training in YouTube. Of cource I can't speak smoothly at take-one. But it was great improving for me to speak in English such a long time. I'll become a better speaker than now, someday.

But my obstacles is appearing now too. My prononciation is not enough. And I don't have certain thought of things like politics and economy. I need to learn more even though I'm in 40s. Learning is endless, I found.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

WSJ Live is nice

I tried WSJ Live, the video report by Wall Street Journal.

I'm reading Wall Street Journal recently with its app. And I found WSJ Live in App Store. I finally tried the app and I find it very nice.

I'm not sure you know or not, Wall Street Journal handles many kinds of issues, not only market issues. It's very good for training for English listening. Of course you need to understand what they say, but they had various kinds of issues, that is very interesting for adults.

I like YouTube videos for English training, but they have only particular kind of theme, knowledge for students, entrepreneurs' mindset etc. I think that WSJ is better than these videos.

Maybe you like it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I sacrificed 10,000 yen

I found bitcoin was out of bounds.

I didn't write yesterday, and I'll avoid the detail. Bitcoin FX isn't for investors with small amount of money.

If you want to throw money into bitcoin market, but what you have to bare in mind is that there is big amatur investors in the market who act thoughtlessly about their bigness. They drop the market into chaos.

So I bought actuals and decided rarely checking the charts. Hence I really scrificed 10,000 yen.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I watched WWDC keynote

I watched yesterday's WWDC keynote.

I was disappointed because I can't get new iPad mini but I was surprised about Homepod. It showed great feature for me. But I can't buy it in Japan I'm sorry about that.

I expected new iPad mini but new iPad Pro 10 inches can help me maybe. But I'm not sure I will purchase it. iPad mini which I'm using is very useful for me, so I can't drop my iPad mini.

I will talk about different things after here.

I can listen to WWDC17 Keynote. So my English ability is enough for me. But the English test which I took was Not enough. I'm considering not to continue to study English. But I will continue to study NHK English anyway. I have to say that Mr. Sugita in NHK English is great English teacher and great opinion leader.

And writing this blog in English will be continued.

Monday, June 5, 2017

2017年6月英検準1級一次の自己採点

解答速報が出たので、採点してみた。なおライティングは採点しようがないので、リーディングとリスニングのみになる。

なお、参考までに私のTOEICスコアは1月に775で、4月に765だった。

素点で書くと、

リーディング
大問1:21/25 (84%)
大問2:4/6 (66%)
大問3:8/10 (80%)
合計:33/41 (80%)

リスニング
Part1 : 3/12 (25%)
Part2 : 6/12 (50%)
Part3 : 3/5 (60%)
合計:12/29 (41%)

RとLの合計:45/70 (64%)

という結果になった。リスニングの出来が悪いので、これは落ちたのではないかと思っている。どういう採点をするかわからないがライティングで9割取れていれば合計では7割になる計算で、それくらいだったら素人考えで受かりそうなものだが、残念ながらライティングはダメだったとみているので、当落で言えば「残念でした」だろう。

過去問をちょっとやった程度でこの成績なら御の字だし、リスニング強化の方策を取ればかなり良い結果が得られそうな予感もしている。リスニングの実感としては、とにかくリテンションがダメで、それが解決するだけでだいぶ違ってくると見ている。音読トレーニングでR&Lookupに加えてリピーティングを入れるだけで、だいぶ違う気がする。

とりあえず自分を褒めないといけないと思うので書くが、リーディングができているのは誇って良いだろう。今まで音読や多読をしてきて良い結果が出たと言える。ライティングもブログを英語で書いていた効果で、割とスラスラ書けたので、採点が悪かったとしても「手書きなのが悪い」と思うしかない。

正式な合否は19日になるようだ。
受かったら7月に面接試験、落ちたら秋も受けようかと思う。TOEICより受けていて苦痛でないのが良い。

Eiken test

I took pre1 grade Eiken test yesterday.

I will say before hand, vocabulary questions was relatively easy, and I felt needs to improve writing and listening.

I don't know where I have to say. I watched BBC in the morning. I found something incident happened in London. I was so upset. I bought bitcoin anyway. It was the worst start of testing day.

I was a first applicant at the venue. I arrived one hour before. I was listening BBC's local radio in the classroom with iPad. It was hard to listen to the information about the incident.

I have to say talk about the test. I touched writing test at first anyway. I am not good at handwriting, and I felt I mistook the spelling. I have to say it was the writing test if I couldn't pass the examination.

Vocabulary questions was easier than I thought. I touched the vocabulary questions before listening test.

To be honest, listening test was the toughest. I need to improve listening ability in English.

I can get the right answer this afternoon. So I will post the result of the test in Japanese.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017年6月英検準1級一次試験の感想

英検準1級を受けてきたので、感想を書く。

最初にまとめを書いてしまうと、語彙問題は思ったより簡単で、ライティングとリスニングに課題を感じた。

問題を解いた順番は、

・ライティング
・長文熟語選択?
・長文読解
・語彙問題
・リスニング

で、リスニングの前で10分余った。ただし、疲れて見直しの余裕はなかったので、我慢できなかったしトイレタイムにした。特に休まった感じもなくリスニングをやって終わり。

以下順不同。思いつくままに。

落ちるなら語彙問題だろう、と思っていたが今回は出題にハマり簡単に簡単に感じた。名詞で知っていたものが動詞で出たり、ラッキーなパターンが多かった。語彙問題はひどい結果にはならないだろう。

今回は過去問と同じ感じで長文を解いたが、やっぱりなんとなくこれなのはわかる、というファジーなふんわりした回答の仕方になった。もし引っ掛けにやられたら、「長文読解は簡単」とか言ってた自分が恥ずかしい。

リスニングはあまり良くないと見ている、引っ掛けににやられて5割以下の恐れもある。試験対策はイヤだが、リスニングは週一ペースでやった方がいいかとも思う。歳だから一番難しい技能かもしれない。

意外に「これはまずい」と思ったのがライティングで、書くには書けたがスペリングに不安を覚えた。一時期MacBookでブログを書こうと思っていたが、結局音声入力にハマりスペリングがおろそかになっていた。さらに、問題用紙に下書きをして、回答用紙に書き写す時にものすごく詰めて書いてしまい、ものすごく読みにくくなってしまった。

そういうわけで、落ちるならリスニングかライティングだと思う。そのうち模範回答が発表されるのでその時また続報を書く。

追記:
そう言えば、割と重要なことを書き忘れたが、試験前に過去問をやっておくと、似たテーマについての問題が出ることにたまたま気づいた。過去問のリサイクルはないだろうが、前提知識的に有利になるので過去問は一通りやっても良いかもしれない。

Pre1 grade Eiken test

Today is pre1 grade Eiken test.

I can say that I couldn't pass the exam. Reading questions is very easy for me, but vocabulary questions incredibly hard. I can drop 80% of vocabulary questions on the test. But I already applied it, so I need to go out before eight.

I will write about the exam after coming back home in Japanese. I will write in English tomorrow too.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Nikkei225 overcame 20000

It was a great day for investors in Japan yesterday.

Nikkei225 draw a sharp spike, and I recover a loss when it was relatively deep gap a while back. Last night's CES wasn't critical damage for Nikkei225.

we will have a big gain in the long run. Monthly chart of Nikkei225 entered the third wave of Erriot wave principle. The third is going to be the most large gain in five wave.

I was a only child when previous bubble occared, 1990's. I didn't know how great the gain, and I was really excited that I will get great gain again.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Crypt coin trading

Real-coin FX isn't very good situation, but crypt coin FX is relatively good.

I found my bitcoin strategy working well. I can trade with one hour chart, so I will try four hour chart next for more long term deal.

I'm using optimal f for bitcoin. I'm afraid of full-optimal f so I'm using quarter optimal f. Half optimal is also risky for me. Speaking to optimal f, I get Ralph Vince's most affordable book, but I can't read it because it has many mathematical words. The result of concentration extensive English in news is that. I'm very sorry.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I lost

I lose almost all the profit of FX this year.

I focused bitcoin FX and I forgot real-coin FX, and I missed escape points. Of cource I set up stop-loss order, but I entered several position and I lose half of the deal. I shocked a little.

I follow 2% rule and I don't lose initial investing money for FX at all for now.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Strategy for bitcoin FX

I made the strategy of bitcoin FX.

I will not say about that because it's too simple to copy me. If you have experience of trading, you can win the market of bitcoin. Too simple.

I can't pass the real address check for bitFlyer. When I went out, A postal man came up to my house maybe, under he found my absence. Automatically bitFlyer tracking it sent another postcard to me again.

I already sent 10000 yen for sacrifice to them. I come to think sending another 10000 yen for easy trading.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reducing English listening ability

Recently I am feeling my listening ability is reducing.

I have not been listening English with concentration. So even when I concentrate to English, I couldn't listen decently. It's a terrible situation for me before Eiken test.

Of cource I'm continuing studying NHK English cource, but I had more hard, longtime training before. My training time was almost 4 hours before.

I don't have a special will for English abilities lately, so I don't need afraid to reduce my English ability a little.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Crypt coin exchange

I searched in Twitter about bitcoin. And I Signed up bitFlyer, a bitcoin exchange, which has FX trade function.

I found that bitFlyer Lightning, bitcoin FX trade tool, is relatively decent system for me. It provides full size FX experience, at least according to its appearance. I will proceede signup procedure and I will try to trade at the exchange.

I have to say the point which unsatisfied me. Firstly, turning off the sound of cashier can't set up as default, that is simply irritating. I don't need pachinko type of app. Second, I don't need chat window in FX app. Finally, the chart can't display the candlestick's detail when it's tapped.

And I have to say what I haven't experienced about bitFlyer, their enforcement abilities for order. It's the most crucial function of exchange. I don't know about that. I'll sacrify 10,000 yen and try it anyway.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Without shame

Of course I don't have bitcoin or something.

I searched tweet by winner of crypt coin, and I found that they are clever trader who has the basis of market. The more fools there is, the more profit they have. Reading what they say without shame, I felt that they are devils.

My update was late this morning. I couldn't write a lot.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I got some money

I'm sure you are not interested in FX. But I will say about it.

I exited all of my position of  FX. I get much from GBPUSD, little from CADCHF and EURCAD. Totally I got some money. I began to think it's not the special.

My realized gain from FX this year is around 5% for now. It's great for me if I could get 10% from FX this year.

A famous investor Makoto Matsushita said in his YouTube video that you can concentrate your money toward FX if your investing equity is small. I began to think that Nikkei225 leverage ETF isn't efficient way of getting money. So I began to think to do what he said.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Feeling weaken

I wanted to have a sabotage but I'll write a little.

I had some long position of AUDNZD but it have hit the loss cut point.

I remembered very hateful memory. I am feeling weaken.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

In good shape

In Tokyo time the market denies my decision. In Europe time market agrees my decision.

Totally my position is in good shape. I have been familiar with FX, so I am thinking transfer my money for stock market to FX security. I'm not sure when it will be realized.

The crows are very noisy every morning, and the voice input method don't work well.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

FX and sushi in Japan

Suddenly, my pronunciation became wrong, of course usually wrong, so I type this article with iOS keyboard directly.

I get some revenue from two long position, CADJPY and NZDUSD. And I have three short position now, EURCAD, GBPUSD, CADCHF. it's becoming like Europe short, North America long, but I don't have particular meaning of these position. Simply judged from charts.

I heard that sushi and sashimi aren't sold in Japan recently. A celebrity hit the food poisoning and mediums broadcast about that, I hard. And people who watch that avoid sushi and sashimi. A supermarket stoped selling these because no one buy it.

Sushi which my family and I ate last evening was very nice.

P.S. CADCHF was long position. I mistook.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three FX positions

I have two long position and a short position on FX.
CADJPY, NZDUSD, and EURCAD short.
It's good status except of EURCAD short. Totally good.

I'm planing to boost my equity for FX. I simply send my money to the FX security from my deposit. The money for FX will be doubled, but initially my equity for FX is small. so it's not big deal.

I think FX is more efficiency than Nikkei225 ETF, so by some chance I may transfer my money to FX security. I'm not sure about that yet. Nikkei225 is good time to buy so I'm waiting for buying 225 ETF.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Marked 100 day

My YouTube practice video in English marked 100 day.

Because I had sabotaged only one day, it's 101st since I began to upload YouTube video in English, actually. But continuing to upload is hard.

Around the 90th I found my English speech is improving. I can make slow but long speech. Many kind of English training make me better speaker than Day1.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Being a HSP

I suddenly know I am HSP, highly sensitive people.

Yesterday I found NHK said about HSP on Twitter. A Japanese woman draw a peace of manga about HSP. She's also HSP. I tried a check sheet for HSP and I found myself on the borderline of that. I bought a book about HSP at Kindle books, and I have read about half of the book last night. The book taught me about character traits of HSP, and it was me.

I don't want to be such a weak character. But I have to admit that I'm a HSP.

Good point of me as HSP is that I can know the timing of sell short of Nikkei225. Knowing change of subtle situations which is the character trait of HSP is better than you think. But when I started trading I found it's tough to have loss cut deal. It was a character trait of HSP too, maybe.

I don't want to say about heavy burdens for working for Japanese SI company in Tokyo. It was very hard because I am a HSP, maybe.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Too simple mention about optimal f

I didn't say about Optimal f's details so I I will try to mention it simply.

Calculating amount of deal is crucial for trading. If it was too much you will lose all at once. The point is deciding amount of lost at first. After that you calculate the amount of the deal.

Optimal f is the technique of calculate amount of deal With mathematics. Optimal f is very aggressive technique for trade so you need simulate your deal before hand.

I pondered using this technique yesterday. But I decided not to use this technique because it's too aggressive so I would lose my money quickly once I would lose the deal. I like 2% rule, which regulates 2% of my money for a deal.

But I ordered the book of basic thought of this technique at BookDepository.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Optimal f

I suddenly woke up because optimal f came to my mind during sleep.

I googled that and I checked my FX's gain in this year. Value f was 0.08. By some chance, my curriculation is wrong, but the result said "you bet 23% of your money." I using "2% rule", so I was very surprised. If I lose 4 times, I lose almost all money for FX.

I guess the web site which I searched was wrong. So I need the true information from book or something.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

English speaking nephew

I want to say about my little nephew, 3 years old.
(I am using voice input method, as usual)

As I wrote someday, he speaks English sometimes. Especially when he wants to say "I won't" or simply "no", he says "no no no no". I tried to ask him "what's this" in English, having chopsticks, and he said "ashi". Maybe he wanted to say "hashi". He can understand simple English. His mother said she do nothing. Maybe YouTube video told him English, and he intake. Maybe same thing is happening in the world.

It passed several days since I started using voice input method. I often correct wrong sentences by this system. This system often mistakes. But it's very easy to input by this system, including correcting mistakes. In addition, input by voice is very good English practice for me. I want to say thank you to the developers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Losing eagerness to learn

I have nothing to say especially on this blog.
But I got two long position of two currency pairs. GBPUSD and USDCHF.

Actually I woke up at the middle of the night. and I can't to go to bed. So I want to looking for something nice currency pairs to investigate. But it's not too good for me to do such a thing in the middle of the night. I have unrealized loss.

By the way, I am not having eagerness to study English. I didn't do extensive reading at all yesterday. And I'm feeling it's not special to study English. I'm going to take Eiken test, but provably I couldn't pass the exam maybe. I am losing eagerness anyway.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tsurezure Diary

I sold some inverse ETF and I bought some leverage ETF.
I had that long a portion of USD/JPY.

I wanted to have the long position initially. So I back to the right track.

Yesterday I went to see a dentist. He's great. But when I brushed my teeth, I found I removed something in my teeth. So I have to contact the dentist.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chart and numbers

The price will be revealed after 15 minutes.

Today's market will be plunge maybe. It realized "sell in May". But I'm not happy because North Korea's misile was launched, and I bought some inverse ETF before that as if I know that. Of course I am not their friend. I've noticed with the daily char and the numbers being moving. It's hard to be understood.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

English muscle training

My pronunciation in English is becoming a big issue, because as you know I am inputting this blog by voice input method recently.

I have a little problem with input method. So I need to improve my pronunciation more. I was looking for something to improve my pronunciation, and I found a book named jingle English pronunciation. And I ordered it.

I already tried that method, through iPhone app. And I found that it was training for pronunciation muscle. Just reading English sentences. I'm not sure that could improve my English pronunciation. But only using book is cheap so I will try it anyway.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

After Eiken test

I have entered inverse ETF again yesterday.
And I found Nikkei225 was plunging again this morning, I am happy to report, but not happy for someone.

I want to say about other thing. That's not good for me.

I come to think quitting English training. It's hard to continue the same English training. Another way to say, The simple every day English training is boring. So I'm thinking trying to rebuild my English trainings, after pre1 grade Eiken test.

If I get the Eiken test, I will do English thing which I feel happy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

About lost trade

I don't have enough time to say.
And I don't have anything to say.

My long position of inverse ETF was lose trade, reached loss-cut line. But in the night session of Nikkei225 futures, it plunged. I'm not sure that it's "sell in may". But I can say that it was one day faster to buy inverse ETF.

It's difficult for me to say complicated thing like stock market by voice input method. So I didn't do Utes voice input method. Except of simple sentences. I will continue to use voice input method as well as possible.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I sold

I forget the most important thing.

I sold Nomura holdings' shares yesterday. And I bought double inverse ETF. I'm not sure it's the right choice for now.

Writing voice input method 2

I'm using voice input method, as you know.
I want to say about this.

Yesterday I was using this input method for a while. I found I couldn't use this input method perfectly. So I have to correct my wrong word to what I want to say. It's easier than as usual though.

The most important downside is that I have to turn off my radio or TV, or I have to correct my word which I said. I want for Apple computer to fix this problem.

Totally this system is very good. And good for my English twinning. I will continue to use the system for a while.

Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Writing by voice input method

I don't have anything to say today.

So I started to try to use voice input method. This system is difficult for me to use because my pronunciation is a little bat. So this system select a different word. I need to correct the word what I want to say. So it takes too much time to input by voice.

But this input method is good for my English training. So I'll use it every morning. Maybe my blog will be terrible sentences. But my pronunciation will be great. And my blog will be a little funny.

I will try to write interesting articles even if I use this voice input method.
Thanks.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Feeling better

My condition dramatically changed for better.

I doubt that I'm alcoholic related illness, because sleeping after drink I felt better. But it need to see myself for a while.

I bought some Nomura HD's stock. I guess that it's the same pattern as previous years moving, no giving timing to buy and going upward. Even if it would be outraged by "sell in May" anomaly, I would hold the stock maybe.

Monday, May 8, 2017

だるさの原因を再び考える

今日も日本語で書く。
昨日の話の続きなので。

今日は多少は気持ちよく起きられた。しかもだいぶ調子がいい。昨日はウイスキーをショットグラス2杯ほど飲み、辞書通読した後に寝たのだが、ひょっとしたら昨日のだるさの原因は、

・アルコールの離脱症状

という恐れもある。最近ウイスキーをあまり量を気にしないで連日飲んでいたので、ひょっとしたら依存を形成して、ちょっと飲まなくなっただけで辛くなった、という事もありえる。これは鼻炎薬を続けた上でアルコールをやめてみればすぐわかると思う。そんなに簡単にアルコール依存は形成されないはずだが、念のため疑った方が良いだろう。健康の為に。

今日から連休も終わったので、多少は締めてかからないと。

Sunday, May 7, 2017

だるさの原因を考える

今日は日本語で書く。

いつも通り5時に起きたが、あまりに眠くてだるかったので何ヶ月ぶりかわからないが二度寝した。1時間ほど意識がない状態で、30分何かを考えながら眠った。6時半に始めるNHK実践ビジネス英語は今日はスケジュールされてないのでパスした。

そして、朝の紅茶と朝食のバナナを食べてから、こんなに朝が辛くなった原因を考えた。

・昨日ヤクルトを切らした
・花粉が終わってないのに鼻炎薬をやめた
・突然暑いくらい暖かくなった

ということが考えられる。確か去年の花粉が始まった頃、やたら頭がクラクラしてだるくなったことがあるので、花粉が原因なのではと考えた。それで、久しぶりに鼻炎薬を飲んだ。今はなんだか状態が良くなったように感じる。

・英語学習が限界を迎えた

ということも考えている。心の奥底で英語学習がイヤになったのではと思うのだ。実はTOEIC770前後で語彙力10,000と言うのはすごいと思っていたのだが、Webで調べた感じ割と普通らしく、「うわ、恥ずかしい」となった。せめてTOEICは800は欲しいと思っていたし、それに見合う実力があると思っていたが、今まさに英語力の限界に達しているように感じ始めた。少なくとも800を超えて900を目指すなら、また学習法をカスタマイズしないといけないのではと。あるいは今のレベルで満足して、英語学習は最低限にとどめてしばらく休むべきかとも。

鼻炎薬を飲んでかなり楽になったので、上記3点を改善しつつ、英語に関しては今のペースを大きく崩さない程度に維持して様子を見る。


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lazy

I'll take time off. I'm suddenly becoming lazy today.
I won't also upload YouTube video after over 80 days continues.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bored2

I have nothing to write as usual.
I'm bored everyday life.

Improving my English skill is becoming nothing special. I need to do something new for continuing English trainings.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bored

I have nothing to write as usual.

What happened when I rode train yesterday must not be told maybe.

It's Golden Week in Japan, spring holiday, but I'm doing really the same thing: English training, watching BBC and twitter and drinking around 5 PM. Recently I'm feeling bored.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My vocabulary size in English

 

I don't have anything which I have to talk about.

I checked my vocabulary size on Test Your Vocabulary. I also talked it on YouTube video. My estimated vocabulary size is 10300 words. It said the size which you come to be able to read books in English. Exactly I began to read English books. If you want to pass 1st grade of Eiken test, you need 12000 words. Further more, you want to read newspaper in English, it will be easy when you have 9000 words.

It's simply my boast. I couldn't get high score on TOEIC test, so I wanted to revenge at other viewpoints.

Actually I need only about 7500 words for pre1 grade Eiken test. Another way to say, if I couldn't pass the test in next June, it's painfully embarrassing. I'm digging hole and trapping myself.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Result of TOEIC test

I got 765 points on TOEIC test.

It's very disappointing for me. But I can say I'm keeping my English ability for peace of my mind. I'm taking Eiken pre1 grade in June, and I'll take TOEIC test again if I passed the Eiken test.

On the other hand, it's enough for 40s to get over750 after hard efforts, I feel. So somewhere in my mind, I can leave English tests and enjoy more using English, reading books in English for example. Of cource I need to keep my English training, but I don't need to hurt middle age's pride by tests.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017年4月TOEIC結果

4月のTOEICの結果が出た。


リスニング:405
リーディング:360
合計:765

で、前回と比べて10点下がった。よく言われている話ではTOEICスコアには50点ほどの誤差があるらしいので、下がったというよりは現状維持と判断した方が精神衛生上良いだろう。

リスニングが400ちょっと、リーディングが360から伸びないのだが、何がまずいのかさっぱりわからないので、今後の方針が立てようがない。次の試験は英検準1級なので、受かったらまたチャレンジしようかと思っている。個人的には試験前の慣らし以外は特に対策しない上で800は欲しい。

How Starbucks Saved My Life

I finished reading a book named How Starbucks Saved My Life.

What I have to say as English learner is that I often lose the direction of story because the scenes often changes between Mike's memories and his present life. But it was totally easy for intermediate English learners to read this book.

Mike works at very ideal workplace with ideal coworkers. But at first of this story his life was very poor, so you need to overcome hard experiences with Mike. His characteristics make his life gradually better and you feel enjoyable reading this story.

I'll read a book named Business For Punks from today. I interested in this title of the book. But I didn't checked how difficult this book is.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017年4月の英語勉強法

明日4月に受けたTOEICの結果が出るはずなので、無理に今日書く必要もないが、空き時間でまとめておく。そろそろ差分だけまとめれば良いような気もする。書くのが面倒なので、かなり端折って書くが、各々細かい解説が必要なら個別の記事にするのでコメントに書いて欲しい。

・NHK実践ビジネス英語

いつも通り、これがメインになる。5月号からちょっと早口になったように感じたが、すぐに慣れた。

・CNN English Express

最近は音的に聞き取れないのは、録音がおかしいとしか思えない某イギリス英語記事だけになったので、そろそろ卒業して多聴メインにしても良いのではと感じ初めている。しばらくは続けるが、これをやめたら聖書か何かの筆写を始めようと思っている。

・瞬間英作文

有名な青い本のあと、「会話できる英文法大特訓」という本を終わらせた。今は「英会話フレーズ大特訓ビジネス編」をやっている。この本は英文法大特訓と同様、割と難しい。

・英字新聞

多読素材としてJapanNewsを毎日読んでいる。最近は一般的な新聞と同じように全体の見出しを見通してから、特に読みたい記事だけ読むようにしている。そうしないと、例えば北朝鮮のニュースなどすでに知っているニュースを翌日にいちいち読まないといけなくなる。全体を見る時間の分ちょっと時間がかかるようになった。

・洋書を読む

すでに「Holes」「Search Inside Yourself」が読み終わった。今日か明日あたりに「How Starbucks Saved My Life」が読み終わる。個人的な感覚ではスラスラ読めるようになってきた。次はすでに買ってある「Business For Punks」という本を読む予定。この本はタイトルだけで選んだのでちゃんと読めるかはわからない。

・BBCを見る聞く

前から英語のテレビに加入したかったのだが、最近になってHuluでBBC World Newsが見られることを知り、1ヶ月だけ課金した。ラジオは移動時か個人的に聞いておきたい番組を無料のオンデマンドで聞いている。どうでも良いことだが、Huluは小さいおいっこといる時にキッズ向けの作品を見られるので助かっている。

・辞書通読

Longman WordWise Dictionaryという英英辞典を寝る前に読むことにした。個人的にポイントだと思っているのは、無理して暗記しようと思わないことで、普通に頭から読んでいる。現在Bの前半くらい。ちなみにこの辞書は3万7千語くらいだったはずだが、派生語のおかげで難しい単語はほとんどない。代わりにbackの動詞など、日本で普通に勉強していても知らないままになってしまいそうな意味もわかるようになる、気がする。なお、夕方に酒を飲んだ日も寝る前に必ず読むようにしている。

・英語でブログを書く

このブログは今はほとんど英語で書いている。毎朝身近なことを書いているわけだが、最近は「今朝は日本語で書きたい」と思うこともあまりなくなった。

・YouTubeで英語で話す

YouTubeで英語スピーチ的なものをアップロードしている。

・英検準1級の過去問

意外とリスニングができないので、日曜午前だけやるようになるかもしれない。語彙問題も演習しないといけないと考えている。

英検準1級過去問結果その3

英検準1級の過去問をやった。リスニングだけ。
2016年の10月の試験だと思う。

結果は、

Part1 6/12(50%)
Part2 7/12(58%)
Part3 5/5(100%)
合計 18/29(62%)

だった。言い訳をしておくと、いつもスタバで問題演習をしているのだが、たまたま今日は演習用の密閉型ヘッドフォンを忘れて、骨伝導ヘッドフォンを使った。だから、周囲の雑音がかなり気になった。さらに今日はなぜか意味が全然頭に入ってこないという現象に悩まされ、まともに回答できたのはPart3からだった。それでこれだけ正解できてるのはむしろ奇跡的と言える。

昔の英検の合格基準ならば、リーディングでカバーして合格点に行けそうな気もするが、今は何回も書いている通り各技能ごとにできてないと落ちるらしいので、ちょっと雲行きが怪しくなってきた。

とりあえず見直しをしたら新しい発見があると思うので、あとで気づいたことを追記する。

とりあえずわかったことは、骨伝導ヘッドフォンは英語のリスニングには厳しいということだった。普段外出時はこれでBBCを聞いているのだが、周囲の音で聞けてない部分は予備知識でかなり意味を補完しているらしい。いずれにせよ、今回はかなり聞けてないことは確かで、実践的な意味ではこの先むしろこのヘッドフォンで問題演習すべきなのではとも感じる。

それで、見直した結果、何回か聞いていればしっかり理解できるので、ひとまずリスニングの問題演習は続けるべきだと思った。本当はやりたくないのだが。

Preparing test

I don't have anything to write.

I'll prepare Eiken pre1 grade test, especially listening which I couldn't do well last weekend. But I don't dislike preparing tests, so I won't do that by any chance.

I have nothing to write honestly, so that's all.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Korea Peninsula

I don't have what I have to write.

I'm watching BBC World News, and I found it fine weather in Korea today. It's good timing for US Navy to attack North Korea. This weekend will be tough for people in Korea. Of course It's best that nothing happen. Maybe my predict will be wrong.

Speaking to BBC. I found myself listening to English very easily. It's not special these days. If I want to listen in English more fluently, I have to watch Big Bang Theory on Hulu.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Exited Nikkei225 and my nephew

I'll write a important thing beforehand.

I exited all long position of Nikkei225 leverage ETF. I'm getting around 6% of revenue, including FX, from market this year for now. I can't be living by these gain but it's a help to think myself worth for getting money. It's maybe only mean not to think myself worthless to live in Japan which is pressuring me to return terrible society after years of illness.

Far from fluency as I am, my speaking skill gradually improving. I know you are bored these kind of boast of mine. But I need to encourage myself to learn hard everyday.

I cashed Hulu for watching BBC World News, and I found it useful to play with my little nephew. He liked cray anime for kids. So I need to keeping my cash for Hulu next month.

My little nephew speaks English words, as I wrote before. So I spoke in English to him, and I had a strange behavior suddenly. He studied English words, but he didn't learn speaking in English actually. I thought I mustn't speak to him in English any more. It makes his learning Japanese delay probably.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Exited

I forgot a important thing.

I exited remaining half of long position of USD/JPY yesterday evening.

I'm still holding Nikkei225 leverage ETF.

BBC World News and Hulu

I'm watching BBC World News from yesterday.

I read renewal plan of Hulu, and I found Hulu provides BBC TV live stream. So I tried it. It costs 1007 yen including tax per month in Japan.

At first it wasn't a bit interesting, it shows the same news many times. But after 16:30 JST, the program was becoming better. Maybe they shows the programs adjusting GMT. I'm not sure, but Japanese teatime is maybe boring because it's still night in the U.K.

I don't need movies and comedies, but a watched Big-bang Theory. I can listen their voice clearly but it's hard to intake meaning. I'm not in the level of watching TV sitcom. Of cource I can get what's happening in the show by visuals.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Good dentist

I went to a new dental clinic.

And I found them great. Usual dentists use utensils with water and my throat is full of water. It's yuck factor. But they were very skillful and I felt very comfortable. I must go to the dentist at first.

I want to say yesterday's news.

I exited a half of my long position of USD/JPY yesterday. And I found it surged again. I know that I'm not always  satisfied my decision of exit the position, and I was disappointed myself again. However, I still hold a half of it remaining, and all of Nikkei225 leverage ETF. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Still holding

USD/JPY and Nikkei225 jumped up begining of this week.

I exited half amount of my long position, and I'm holding remaining half of it. I'm concerning Korean Peninsula issue, but I want to follow merriman cycle. If I'm wrong, it'll hit the stoploss order.

Nikkei225 is the same situation, but I'm holding all of my long position of leverage ETF.

I don't have many things to say about market.

Monday, April 24, 2017

For more decent speech

I'm becoming familiar with English speech on YouTube.

I speak in English for about 45 seconds to my iPhone. Mainly about my surroundings. I'm far from fluent speaker, but gradually becoming decent. So I need to level-up my speech. But I don't know how to do that.

Before recording, seeing newspaper, I think that I wish I could discuss about these kind of materials. But maybe it's too hard for me to pop-up clever opinion of these. I guess that I could do that if I train.

I need looking for simple questions of TOEFL test. I want speaking test's questions which need to summarize my opinions and speak about that. Those training can make me more fluent speaker of English, probably.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

英検準1級過去問の結果その2

英検準1級の過去問を解いた。リスニングのみ。
2017年1月のものだ。

結果は、

Part1 8/12(66%)
Part2 8/12(66%)
Part3 4/5(80%)
合計20/29(68%)

だった。調べて見た感じだと、7割以上正解すると合格するらしいので、今のままだとギリギリ落ちる恐れがある。確か4技能それぞれで7割行ってないとダメなはず。

聞いてみた感じでは、TOEICよりはゆっくり話しているのと、あまり急いで回答しなくていい気がする。あとはリテンションできないと正しく正解できないかなと。リスニング中メモを取って良いらしいのだが、「この道を行く、と、渋滞してるからこっちが良いかな」という感じのトークもあるので、単純に選択肢の英文を見つつトークを聞けば良いと思う。さらに、回答の時間もあるのでトークに集中しても良い気がする。

語彙問題と同じく、リスニングも問題演習をした方がいいようなので、日曜に過去問と演習問題集をやろうと思う。

見直しをして、気づいたことがあったら以下に追記する。

全体的に見直しをして気づいたのだが、やはり自分に関心のある分野と、今までの英語学習で多く触れてきたシチュエーションはしっかり聞けるようだ。致命的なのは、TOEICだと受験者が嫌なことを想起するような場面が一切ないのと、アカデミックな状況は全然ないので、そういう状況では聞き取るのが大変だということだ。さらに遊んでいて別行動をとるという状況は英語をやっていて縁がなかったので、何回も聞き直してやっとわかった。つまり今まで英語の試験は背景知識で得点を稼いでいたかもしれない。ひょっとしたら過去の問題練習でも似たようなことを書いたかもしれない。英語や日本語でその状況を(疑似体験でもいいから)経験しておくといいかもしれない。

North American version of Anime

I watched a anime named Kill Me Baby after a long time. It's North American version of Japanese Anime. So you can listen in English.

I couldn't listen to the anime when I bought it. But as you may know, my English skill is gradually improving, so I could a little more easily listen to it yesterday.

I'm happy that the raw English materials like that is becoming reasonable for me. These will become the main English text for me some day, by some chance.

Of course it's when I can continue to learning English.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Growing up as English learner

Everything is as usual. I practice English and read English newspapers and books. So I can't write except about the recent achievements of my English training.

I'm reading the English book, How StarBucks Saved My Life. And I reached the half of the book. It took 7 days. I thought that I needed 10 days all through the book, but It was underestimate. I need about 7 days more maybe. But my reading speed is dramatically changed. Search Inside Yourself which I have read needed over a month. That was the same volume as HSSML. My reading speed is doubled these days.

I don't know how fast my speed of reading will become. But the more I read, the faster my reading speed become. Learning language is great for even middle-aged to feel grown up. I sometimes forget that I'm 43.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading books is good

I have already read about 80 pages out of 262 pages of How StarBucks Saved My Life.

I have been feeling it nice to reading books. I don't know why, so I googled. I found it very good for mental stability to reading books. Maybe they say about books in native languages. but reading books in English as second Language is also good.

I'm writing this article with MacBook again. I'm not feeling spelling issue, and using decent keyboard is more comfortable than iOS keyboard. I'll write this blog using MacBook for a while.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spelling issue on Eiken writing

At Pre1 grade Eiken test, I need to write about 100 words of English sentences.

And I have depend on iOS's spelling instruction lately. So I decide to use general keyboard on MacBook to write this article. Actually I could write very quickly when I tried the past questions last Sunday. So If I can write this easily, I don't need to worry about spelling.

Writing for this blog every morning, I don't concern about popping up idea of easy writing for things like Pre1 grade. I'm clever in bad meaning, so I will write for my way anyway whatever they question.

But my weak point of English writing is to sometimes mistake grammatical thing. I have even forgotten "be" like "I good at English". It will be great loss on the test probably.

By the way I found writing with decent keyboard is much comfortable than iOS's visual keyboard. I wonder if I'll use MacBook for this blog. Anyway I rarely mistake spelling in this article. So I need to train for spelling.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long position of USD/JPY

I bought some long position of USD/JPY despite of Korean Peninsula conflict.

I already tried primary cycle bottom three times, and failed. So I want to avoid trying any more. But I wanted to bet today's situation. I'm calm now, but in my mind of somewhere I'm upset as weak ordinary Japanese probably.

Other point is dairy USD/JPY and its RSI indicates divergence. So it's crucial trade point. It have to be tried anyway.

By the way, I'm feeling Japanese is very upset about Korea Peninsula on twitter. Even if ones look calm, they seem to feel irritated somewhere. I'm surprised this situation anyway. Japanese education for world peace made weak Japanese? Opposition to educate people peace, we have never tought about military issue and war at school. What we in the atmosphere need is the real intelligence of war, I found.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Changing dentist

I have no particular thing to write.
 Can I write about the dentist who I already spoke about on YouTube video.

I guess that she isn't a specially skilled dentist, so she never do remedies she don't want to do. My ruined teeth have never treatet decent ways, she just fill something in my lacked teeth, and my remedies never finished. I can't trust her. So I decided to change dentist.

I already found possible candidates to go. I'll consider by Friday, and call him to appointment.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Preparing Eiken test part2

I took past questions of Pre-1 grade of Eiken test. I get over 80 percent of reading section.
I already write about that in Japanese.

I googled and found that I need about 70 percent of each 4 skills to pass the exam. So I can pass the test when it comes to reading section. I thought Pre-1 was very hard to pass when I passed 2st, autumn 2015. I feel growing up.

But it's true that getting score in vocabulary part is hard, another way to say, the point of Eiken test for me is only vocabulary part. So I'll check the vocabulary part of past questions and the vocabulary drill book.

Eiken test is in June, and if I pass the test, I'm going to participate in  interview in July.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

英検準1級過去問の結果

英検準1級の過去問を解いた。
2017年1月の試験だ。
ちなみにリーディングとライティングのみで、リスニングは解いていない。

結果は、

大問1 20/25 (80%)
大問2 5/6 (83%)
大問3 9/10 (90%)
合計 34/41 (82%)

だった。確か以前の英検準1級は7割か8割で合格だったはずで、まあリーディングだけは受かりそうな感じはする。回答時間は最初にライティングに11分くらい使い、その後20分残しでリーディングが終わった。ちなみに、作文の単語数を数えて見たら80語だったので、残り20分でそれらしい文章をひとつふたつ追加でひねり出さないといけない感じになったが、そこまでやらなかった。

感想としては:語彙問題はカンで答えた問題がかなり多かった。長文穴埋めは全文読んだ上でなんとなく。最後の長文読解は完璧に理解できたと思うし、何が間違いだったか見直さないとよくわからない。そういうわけで、ある程度の語彙問題対策は必要だと感じた。手元に語彙問題集があるので、それを解きつつ過去問の語彙問題を見ておけば良いと思っている。

作文は自己採点するわけにもいかないし、過去問を見て15分くらいで文章を規定量ひねり出す訓練はしておいた方が良いかと思う。

TOEICで鍛えられたのか、解いていて疲労感をほとんど感じなかった。疲労度を加味する必要がないので、来週個別でリスニングパートをすれば良いかと思う。

見直し後に気づいたことがあれば以下に書く。

ざっと見直しをしたので、気づいたことを書く。

とにかく語彙問題はカンで回答する問題を減らすべきだと思う。そうすれば残りの問題は冷静に読めばほぼ間違えない可能性が高い。やはりこれから日曜の午前中は語彙問題に取り組もうと思う。

長文に関しては、今まで通りの英語トレーニングと多読をすればいいだろう。特別対策する必要は感じない。

Preparing Eiken test

I'll take the past test of Eiken pre1 grade.

If I'm satisfied the result, I won't do any preparation for June's test, and I'll spend time as usual until the test. If I have concern about it, I'll plan particular preparations. I heard that it's easy to solve the questions if I had NHK English cource I'm taking.

Speaking to learning English.

I started reading How Starbucks Saved My Life. I've already read about 28 pages. I found the book relatively easy to read. It has few difficult words and expression. I'll finish reading it about 10 days after, and I need to order new book on Book Depository beforehand. Books from BD reach here at Japan about 2 weeks after.

For English learners, I'm TOEIC 775, and about 8000 words vocabulary measured with Test Your Vocabulary. You can read How Starbucks Saved My Life if your English skill around there.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Finished reading

I busily acted yesterday. But I won't write about that.

I finished reading Search Inside Yourself. I found the last part of this book is very nice. If I had read about conversation of identity, I hadn't internet argument.

I'll read How Starbucks Saved My Life, which I already bought, from today. My reading speed was gradually increasing, so by some chance I could finish reading more soon than SIY.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tsurezure Diary

I see USD/JPY is at good timing to buy. Of cource I won't.

I haven't written about Korea peninsula. It's also hard time for Japan. I'm living in Kanagawa which has several US bases, so it's true that I'm afraid of nuclear attack from North Korea. But ordinary people like me can change nothing about this. What I can do is to spend time as usual.

I've been reading English newspaper at Starbucks almost everyday. Going out often is good for my mental health. We don't have particular place to spend time except of Starbucks in my area. There is of cource Macdonald, I don't look at there as cool place to do something special.

I've almost finished reading Search Inside Yourself, remaining about 30 pages. I found reading 30 pages a day in English nothing special, another way to say, I'm becoming great at reading English as second language.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reading dictionary after drank

I drank too much yesterday.

I drank 5 shot glasses of whiskey if my memory was right. But I wasn't too much drank, in addition I'm good this morning. Why I drank too much was maybe I drank with YouTube videos.

Before go to bed(huton), I read English dictionary as usual. I'm not sure how many words I intook.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I need some prize

I have nothing to write, and I have no time to write this article.

I have nothing special because I'm just studying English everyday. And I felt that I reached a degree of English skill compared with average English learners in Japan. Because of that, I'm becoming lazy. Of course I'm continuing daily effort. But I'm afraid of quitting studying English suddenly.

I need some prize which make me feel happy for studying English.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great improvement

I sometimes need to encourage myself by writing like this.

I recorded my YouTube video as usual, and I found my speaking skill improved a little. I can speak more smoothly than before, plus I didn't use Keynote. The video practice was 60th this time. I'll become more fluent English speaker when it marks 100th.

I've improved my whole English skill lately. I guess the materials I'm using is becoming suitable for my level, another way to say, my level go upward where I can effectively use the materials. So I suddenly became relatively fluent English user. Maybe my English skill will be more great, which makes everyone surprised.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Newspaper's holiday

It's newspaper's holiday today.

I improved my English reading skill. I don't know why, but listening skill too. It was maybe because of JapanNews. So I want to say thank you to all related to the newspaper.

As I already write in Japanese yesterday. I can't recommend reading English newspaper for all English learners. I like news since I was a elementary school kid. But everyone isn't the same. You can seek other reading material and start extensive reading.

My reading dictionary is continuing, even though I was tired a little yesterday. But I read only 2 pages yesterday. Of cource I don't need to increase the pace tonight. It's important to continue anyway.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017年4月のTOEICの感想

TOEICを受けてきたので個人的な感想を書く。
あくまで個人の感想なので、正確な情報を知りたい場合は、有名トーイッカーやTOEIC講師のブログをチェックした方が良いだろう。

実は、行きの電車の中で、CNN English ExpressのCDを聞いていた。それで不思議と聞けるので、「ひょっとしたら今日を境に英語力アップしたかな?」と思っていた。

リスニングはかなり楽に聞き取れるようになった。たまたまスピーカーの近くだったのが良かったのかもしれないが、周囲の雑音を意識することなく回答できた。ただし、それがスコアに結びついたかはあまり自信がない。「あ、今の聞き逃した」という場面が何回かあり、現状維持くらいにしかならない可能性はある。

この1ヶ月ほど英字新聞を読んでいたが、先読みはかなり楽になったと感じる。それになぜかリスニングそのものにも結びついてる気がして、多読を取り入れることの重要性に改めて気づいた。

リーディングはあまり進歩がなかった気がする。Part5を13分で通過し、「おお、これは!」と思ったのだが、結局トリプルパッセージは8問残しになってしまった。ただ、去年の今月の試験では帰り道でクラクラしてたのが、今回はかなり余力を感じる。たいていTOEICの後は、「酒を飲まないと頭が癒されない」と感じていたのだが、今回は「今日も寝る前に辞書を読むから酒はやめておこう」と思えた。これがスコアに結びついたかイマイチわからない。

そういうわけで、今回は英字新聞購読がかなり効果的だったと感じている。ただし、人に勧めるかというと、政治とか世界情勢とか経済とか、そういう話題を毎日読んで楽しいかにかかっている。私は小学生の頃からニュースが好きで完全にぴったりの素材だったが。さらに言えば、英字新聞をほぼ理解できる語彙力と読解力が必要になる。770くらいからJapanNewsは多読素材として使えるようになる、と言うのが個人的な感覚だ。

あとは3週間後にガッカリな結果にならなければ良いのだが。

今後の予定は6月に英検準1級を受ける。これは受かるまで連続受験する。と言っても年に3回しかないが。それ以降の英語の試験の予定は決まってない。

Today is TOEIC test

It's rainy today. But Today is TOEIC test day.

I fleed from confusing about a internet fight. I'm feeling best condition today. I have to have a train trip to Tsujido for the test. I wish the venue were near here.

I watched YouTube video, and I found it's easy to listen to BBC Learning English ch. But it's a little hard to listen the video probably for native speakers of English or advanced English learners. How is it my TOEIC score.

I'll write other thing suddenly.

I'm continuing reading dictionary. It advanced to 16 pages, about 4 pages a day. I read Longman WordWise Dictionary before going to bed. I thought it would be severe lessons, but it's easy for now. I have to bear in mind that it's hard to continue everyday even if something stops me. Anyway I'll try it.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time consuming and confusing

I'm still communicating with the one who had a fight with me.

Another way to saying, he contacted me again. I said my thought. My fault is that I had a trouble before important TOEIC test that I'll quit temporarily for Eiken test. But I stick with my thought that his thought, denying other one's efffort, is wrong.

Criticizing him confused my mind. It's hard to write the details in English.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reading dictionary

I had some support about a twitter fight. I have to say thank you to who encouraged me.
I'll write about the other thing.

Longman WordWise Dictionary arrived from Book Depository. It's 3day faster than I expect.

What I want to do is reading a whole dictionary like which some language experts do. That's not mean memorizing all the words in dictionary. Simply reading through all dictionary. It will be most long lasted effort for English mastery if it last.

I already started that yesterday. And I found I made advance 6 pages. The dictionary has about 800 pages. So it takes less than 200 days if my effort continue. I don't need 1 year for a whole dictionary.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Unnecessary twitter fight

The 43th birthday ended, which was accompanied with a Twitter fight.

I'm not sure you know I dislike being said "xxx is worthless" about learning English. A person, who is a very advanced English user, tweeted things like that. So I had an online fight with him. I don't going into details.

But he is basically similar to me, he dislike English tests and black hat approach to a test. So I realized I've gone too far.

A age of 43 had a fight with an unknown person in his birthday. Even if online, it's too painfull. It's before TOEIC test. I need to control the mental thing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I don't write this morning

I'm sorry, I don't want to write this morning.
I'm feeling too fatigued.

P.s.
It's my birthday today. I became 43. Nothing special. I want to die early.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hangover

I drank from 3 PM yesterday, and I'm hangover.

I'm feeling listless recently. I want to avoid waking up anyway, but alarm music from iPhone make me get up the same time.

I'm rarely hangover recently, so I guess I drank much yesterday. I don't remember the dinner time and when I went to bed(huton).