Friday, March 31, 2017

2017年3月の英語勉強法

月末なので、今月の学習法をまとめる。

これを参考にしたい人もいると思うが、私のようにTOEIC700後半くらいの実力で実施できるレベルと思って欲しい。物によっては695にとどまっていた後ブレイクスルーになったのでそれについては明記する。

・NHK実践ビジネス英語

メインの学習法がこれ。音読3回、リードアンドルックアップ1回、オーバーラッピング5回、シャドーイング3回を行う。さらに、翌日、3日後、一週後、一月後、2月後に同じ内容で復習を行う。細かいことは書かないが、テキストとCDを毎月買って1年半くらい続いている。

なお、NHK実践ビジネス英語は一年のいつ始めてもあまり違いはない。逆に言うと4月から始めても初見の人に優しいわけではないと思う。

・CNN English Express

これも毎月教材を買って、シャドーイングをしている。翌日に同じところを復習する。この教材はTOEIC695に止まっていた時にやって見たらブレイクスルーになった。

・瞬間英作文

有名な青い本は終わっていて、今は「会話できる英文法大特訓」という本の最終章に入るあたり。
しばらくやっていなかった時期があったが、TOEICのようなインプットのみの試験が目当てであってもアウトプットの練習はすべきと思う。

・Duolingoでフランス語

Duolingoというアプリで英語でフランス語を勉強した。最近やらなくなった。空いた時間をこれからは英語のボキャビルに使いたい。

・英字新聞を読む

多読が長い間できないでいたが、TOEIC775を取ってからJapanNewsを読んで見たら多読に使えそうだったので、配達してもらうようにした。これは1ヶ月ほど続いている。そうしたら、英語力に若干のブレイクスルーがあったと感じている。4月のTOEICでスコアアップしたら英字新聞のおかげだろう。

・洋書を読む

今のところSearch Inside Yourselfという本を少しづつ読んでいる。これはたまに難しい単語があるが、読めないこともない、という感じ。なお、先日Holesという本を読み終えた。

・英語でブログ

このブログは毎朝英語で書いている。アウトプットは大事。

・YouTubeでスピーキング

YouTubeで英語スピーチみたいなものをアップロードしている。

・YouTubeで英語の動画を視聴

TOEIC775になったあたりから、無意識に多聴としてYouTubeの学生向けの英語動画を見ていた。

・BBCの聞き流し

英語の勉強を始めた頃からやっていることだが、あまり聞き流しは世間的な評価が高くない。自分では無意識レベルで割と役に立ったと思っている。朝から晩まで部屋にいる時も出かける時も聴き続けている。最近だんだん聞けるようになって来て、TOEIC700後半くらいからが聞き流しで効果があるレベルなのかと思い始めている。

・TOEIC公式問題集を解く

試験前なので演習している。ただし、日曜の午前だけ。

ーーーーーーー
こんな感じで、いろいろなことを薄く長くやっている。リクエストがあれば、各学習法についてより詳細に書こうと思う。ただ、このブログよりも詳細に書いているブログが他にあるので、Googleで検索してみるといいと思う。

My little nephew

Recently rising sun is becoming earlier. I feel it easy to wake up at five o'clock.

Several months ago, I wrote about my little nephew. He spoke few words at that time. Now his variation of spoken words is rapidly increasing. We reassured about that. We were afraid that he would never speak.

In addition, he speaks some English words. He counts from one to ten in English, and says bicycle pointing at someone's bike. He is studying both Japanese and English with YouTube videos or NHK educational programs.

I know my elder nephew is very smart. But my little nephew is also smart maybe.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My voice improved

I'll mark 50 days practice to speak English on YouTube tomorrow.

But I don't feel my speaking skill improved. But I checked the Day1, and I found my voice became younger recently.

I have nothing to write except of that.

I want to ask you what to write on this blog tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Strange experience part2

For a person who commented on YouTube: If you wanted me to write articles in Japanese on this blog, I'm sorry for saying no. Writing blog articles every day, even if in native language, is harder than you think. So I want to write this blog in English to learn the language. Sometimes I'll write in Japanese, but it's not everyday.

As I wrote yesterday, job offer mails suddenly stoped. I claimed that some channel, Twitter, YouTube channel and this blog. After that the mails suddenly came again. At least they are watching my twitter account. Of cource I can't refuse it on Twitter's common sense. I'll never say that again.

But I think that watching SNS accounts to grasp each personal character by companies is not a clean way for internet citizens.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Strange experience

I realized that strange thing happened.

One day, I tweeted that if you commit a suicide for a black company you should let your bosses die. After that job offer mails from a job transferring service suddenly stoped. And PV of this blog rapidly reduced. These happened at the same time. I'm not sure how that system moved. But I can say they watched my tweets and this blog.

The job service and my twitter account wired only my mail address. So they need to identify me by using some informations about me from my tweets and blog articles. They have nothing to do except of that. That's all I have to say.

P.S.
I have to clarify about "black company". In Japan, black company means terrible company that happens like karoshi or something. I'm not talking about a racial thing.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spoke decently in English

I don't really have anything to write, except of learning English.

As I wrote in Japanese, I took TOEIC practice test yesterday. It was just only reading section of it. I realized that reading smoothly don't make me get high score. That's the different story. The raw score was 74. By some chance it will be more easy to get higher score, but it won't happen in April's test maybe.

However I didn't get tired at all when I finished the practice test. It's the result of the efforts to reading English newspaper and paperbacks. So I'm improving my English Skill totally.

By the way, I'm continuing practicing speaking English on YouTube. This morning I could speak more decently. It's easy to upload to YouTube if you have smartphones or tablets. If it's hard to have a chance to speak English like Japanese English learners, this method is fairly good.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

公式問題集L&R2結果その4

公式問題集をリーディングだけ解いた。
L&R2のTEST2だ。

結果は、

Part5 24/30 (80%)
Part6 14/16 (87%)
Part7 36/54 (66%)
合計 74/100
予想スコア 295-385(中間値340)

だった。通過時間は、

Part5 15分
Part6 24分
Part7SP 52分
Part7DP 1時間3分

で、トリプルパッセージは9問残しくらいでほぼ時間切れになった。Part7のやれたところまでの正答率は34/45なので75%だ。

全体的な感想としては、文章を読んでいて全く疲れなくなった。ただし、最後の方で時間切れが気になり頭が回らなくなって、英文が読めなくなった。とにかく焦るとダメだ。さらに言えば、Part6までの通過時間がひどいレベルになっている。Part5でじっくり問題を読んでしまう癖が取れない。多読をしても速読力に貢献してないというわけでもなく、完全に直読直解なのに問題を解くペースづくりができてないという感じがする。

Part5,6の正答率はまあ良いとして、Part7はかなりできなかったという感触だ。これから見直しをするが、何かものすごい勘違いをしていると思われる。気づいたことは以下に追記する。

見直しをしたので気づいたことを書く。

まず、一通りできなかったところをやり直したのだが、最終的に5問正解しなかった。これが今のところ致命的にできてないポイントだと思う。特にPart7だが、見落としがひどい。自分の思い込みで判断して間違えている箇所があるのだが、これは英語力以前に個人的な資質の問題と言えなくもない。

今後だが、今までの英語トレーニングはこのままで良いだろう。さらに問題演習をするべきかどうかは決めがたい。今まで通り本番の前にちょっと練習をする程度で、まあ良いんじゃないかと思っている。

Finished reading Holes

I finished reading a novel, Holes.

As ESL learner, it was a little difficult for me, especially vocabulary. Opposite to Search Inside Yourself, the category of the books itself is difficult for intermediate learners like me. But the novel is very fun. I understood why it's recommended among Japanese ESL learners.

Reading the novel took long time. Because I felt difficulty to read it, and I haven't read it at all for a long time. I get breakthrough of reading skill around 3 days ago, and I wanted to try the novel eventually.

Improving reading skill is one of the crucial themes for me recently. I'll continue to reading newspaper in English, and some paperback.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Improving my English helps improving other languages

My reading skill is also improved.

When I was reading English newspaper yesterday, I felt myself reading much faster than ever. After that, I read a Japanese mail magazine and I was reading incredibly fast the sentences.

I guess that improving English reading skill improves whole reading skill, even including Japanese. And I'm even thinking training listening skill is also improving my reading skill. Actually the day before yesterday, I watched YouTube videos intensively. So even if you don't need one dimension of English skill, it's worth to improve the skill.

Recently I'm writing learning English.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Long position of USD/JPY

I had some long position of USD/JPY.

But it hit the stop loss order twice. And I tried again this morning. It's crucial trading point for me, and other trader, so I'm keen to succeed this deal.

I tried to my YouTube video using both iPhone and iPad. iPad indicates FX chart, and iPhone is used to record video. It sounds something strange and I know you want to say to use iMovie. But I want not to use much time to my video. So I intake the stupid way like Japanese TV shows do.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My dentist

I went to see a dentist yesterday.

Actually I'm skeptical about her. I doubt her not doing decent treatment. Of cource it's happening in my mouth. I completely don't know what she is doing in my mouth. But she never say what she is doing in my mouth and how long the remedy will take. But I can't find a perfect dentist for me, so I couldn't change the dentist.

My YouTube video marked Day42, and I'm gradually improving my speech. Temporarily I felt I couldn't improve my speech at all. But even if it's unattractive contents, I'm slowly changing. As I write many time, it's the problem of sustaining.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My listening skill

I have 3 things to write. The 2 is bad.
I decided to write only good thing today.

I watched YouTube video in English that someone made, and I found that I can listen almost English video except of ones which native speakers supposed to be watched by native speakers. I improved my listening skill. I wish that have been happened on last Sunday when I took a practice test of TOEIC.

YouTube has many sorts of English video, academic, business, self help, music, the lists goes on. In addition, those has quality much more than Japanese ones which I have ever seen. The English source of information is a must for everyone.

The reason why I can listen to English more fluently is probably reading English news paper everyday as extensive reading. Of cource my one year effort for English is crucial. My secret of English skill is continuing English training anyway. I wrote the method in Japanese on this blog. But I want to underline that extensive reading is very important for English learners.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Not returning workforce

I'm feeling someone running after me.

I'm getting better when it comes to my illness. But after that I'm leading wrong life, I'm feeling. If I return to system integrator industry, I'll get worse again. So I don't want to return the workforce. But I'm feeling pressure from something to work anyway.

I have stoped drinking for three days. I didn't become positive, and also negative. I'll try to quit drinking for a week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tsurezure Diary

I heard on Twitter that a high school English text intook Haruhi Suzumiya, as I talked on YouTube video.

I'm not sure it's good thing. When I was a high school student, being otaku is scandalous. So I heard that news and felt embarrassed. Of cource if real high school students liked it, it might be a good thing.

I feel fatigued when I get up recently. I want to sleep more. But after eating two bananas and recording YouTube video for practice to speak English, I always feel good and it lasts until drinking whiskey. English training makes me not think too many worthless thing.

I took listening section of practice test of TOEIC, and got around 80 points of raw score, as I wrote in Japanese. I felt it's becoming easier to preview the question of Part3 and 4. So reading English newspaper everyday is a good training for me. Maybe TOEIC score in April will be same as in January, but my ability is gradually improving.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

公式問題集L&R2結果その3

TOEIC公式問題集のリスニングだけやった。
L&R2のtest2だ。

結果は、

Part1 4/6 (66%)
Part2 20/25 (80%)
Part3 33/39 (84%)
Part4 25/30 (83%)
合計 82/100
予想スコア 355-435(中間値395)

だった。今回は近場のスタバで解いたのだが、周囲の話し声が気になってあまり集中できなかった。別の考え方では衆人環視の本番の環境に近い感じで模試ができた訳で、良い練習にはなったと思う。

内容的には特に出だしのPart1を2問落としてるのが痛い。Part3は思った以上にできて、その他はこんなもんかな、という感じだった。(追記:Part3は1問数え間違えたので修正する。これだと全体的にこんなものかな?という感じか)

2週間くらいでいきなり英語力が上がることはないが、毎日英字新聞と洋書で多読していたおかげで問題の先読みがかなり楽にできたし、会話がより理解できるようになったと感じる。やはりリーディングを鍛えることでリスニング、というか脳内の英語解釈機能は向上するという感触を得た。

まだ英語力を上げるアプローチでスコアを上げることは可能なのでは、と思うが、リーディングは問題演習したいと思っているし、どうしたものか。

見直しをして、気づいたことがあったら以下に追記する。

見直したので、気づいたことを書く。Part3で自分が日本語であっても経験してない環境での会話は理解が困難だと感じた。最終的にわからなくて困ったのが、シフト制の何かが入荷するような職場での会話だ。そういう職場は全く経験がないので、場面を想像できなくて理解に苦しむ。逆にSIでの経験から、そういうのと似たような場面は聞き取れなくても何となく回答できてしまいそうな気がする。

あとはスクリプトを見なくても何回も聞いていればわかる問題だったので、英語力の向上と問題慣れで行ける気がする。というか、英語の試験は英語力向上と問題慣れが全てと言って良いだろう。

あとはできなかった問題をシャドーイングして終わりだ。

I have nothing to write

I have nothing to write.

I found my English skill, which can get 775 points on TOEIC, nothing special. I need to improve my English skill, or I'll be bored to study English.

I'll take the practice test of TOEIC today. Next TOEIC test is March 9. I want 800 points before taking pre1 grade EIKEN test. But I don't want to study for TOEIC test itself.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Duolingo English test

I took a practice of Duolingo English Test.

I got 44-61%. It reportedly mean that I'm intermediate English user. I'm a bit satisfied about that. To be honest, I wanted a medal of "advanced".

The practice test almost questions about vocabulary, listening and grammar. I knew that the real test has other type of questions like speaking. So I want to take the real test. As a English learner, I'm keen to try it. But it costs 49 USD to take the test. I read a website that it costs only 20 USD, but it wasn't true. If 20 USD was real, I would quit TOEIC test as a measure of English skill and take the Duolingo test every month.

Friday, March 17, 2017

In positive mind

I have nothing to write.

My backache was almost cured. It was nothing to write home about.

I'm going to Starbucks to read newspaper almost everyday lately. I like soy latte.

I'm studying French by Duolingo app. I can make French 'r' pronunciation well. It's nothing much after I could do it.

Everything is doing well recently. So I don't have anything to write really. I realized that my motivation was negative thought. I need to study to think of what to write in positive thought.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Painkiller and takoyaki

I went to see a doctor for my backache.

Doctor said that my backache comes from muscle not bone and that it takes about two hours to be cured. And I was given painkillers. After taking it, I felt better, but still feel pain when unnatural poses.

On my way home I found takoyaki shop, and I stop by. A pack of takoyaki was 300 yen. I ate the takoyaki before taking painkillers. At least tako were big, but source wasn't enough. I like sea of source like unsophisticated degree.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Backache

It hurts my back.

I suddenly felt backache after yesterday's English training. When I change pose, bent or twist, I feel pain. But it's like muscle pain not bone. Causes I suppose is a pose when reading newspaper, hugging my nephew when downstairs or something organic sickness, liver for example.

I suddenly feel pain when I change my pose anyway, I'm worry about not to be able to training for English language. I'll go to see a doctor.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

British summertime

I misunderstood about British summertime.

Summertime in Britain is 23rd March. So BBC programs isn't changing its time. But I already wake up early and it was made a habit, so I think in my mind summertime already came. As I wrote many times, Japan doesn't have summertime.

I don't have special thing to write.
So I'll stop writing.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The book about mastering English

Summertime already came on Sunday, didn't it?

We don't have summertime in Japan. But I wake up one hour earlier because I'm living with BBC Radio. It's becoming lighter now, but still dark.

I read a book named Tatsujin no Eigo Gakushu Hou, The Master's Method to Learning English in English, yesterday. I usually read a book in Japanese for four hours, from arriving my home in the afternoon to finish reading the book. But it's hard to read a chapter of a book in English for the same period.

I have to write the book's feeling. English learning method in Japan is usually almost same if the method is decent. They recommends reading aloud and having a chance to output. Other part of the books is different to emphasize importance of learning English and no relation with age and mastering English. The book is nothing special regarding that point.

It's not important to read books about learning English if you have particular methods to learn English. But sometimes I want to read those kind of book. Maybe my belief is weaken lately.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

公式問題集L&R2結果その2

TOEIC公式問題集のリーディングだけ解いた。
L&R2のテスト1だ。

結果は、

Part5 26/30 (87%)
Part6 13/16 (81%)
Part7 39/54 (72%)
合計 78/100
予想スコア 325-410 (中間値367.5)

だった。1月の試験の前にやった公式問題集L&R1と同じくらいの結果になっているし、中間値は実際の1月のスコアと同じ感じだ。つまり1月から全く変化なしだ。毎日努力しているのだから、個人的には9割超えるくらいになりたい。

やってみて感じたことだが、英文読解のスタミナはついたと思う。1時間15分の間、問題を解いても全然疲れを感じなくなった。2週間ほど英字新聞を読んだ成果は数字には出ていないが、主観では明らかに改善している。まあ、主観だけでは試験ではどうしようもないのだが。解いた時間を記録したが、

Part5終了 15分経過
Part6終了 26分経過
Part7 SP 59分経過

という感じで、Part7の残り8問ほど残した。ただし、最後の方の大問の1問だけ急いで解いた。1月の試験で10分くらいでPart5を解けていたのに、逆に読むスピードは落ちてしまった感じがしないでもない。Part5で早く回答するテクニックを全然使わなかったのも良くなかったと思う。

ちなみにPart7の確実に到達したところまでの正解率は38/46で82%だった。到達できるところまでで言えば、そんなに悪くない感じだが、早く読むのと正確に読むのと、どっちがスコアに貢献するかはよくわからない。個人的には正確に回答する方を選びたい。

1、2時間ほど休憩して、できなかったところを見直しする。気づいたことがあったら以下に追記する。

見直しをしたので追記する。

Part5は間違えた問題を解き直したら完璧に合っていた。頭の中で選択肢が2つくらいに絞れている状態で間違えの回答を選んだようだ。読むのが遅いのはともかく、確かな知識が足りてない感じがする。Part6もほぼ同じ。

Part7は全体的に、わからないという先入観が働いたり、時間が足りないと焦って思考が止まった状態になった結果、明らかに文章に書いてあるのに見落としたり、読まなかったりした結果間違えた、という感じがする。これも問題演習をして形式に慣れれば解決しそうな気がする。速く読んで問題を全て終わらせる以外の要素ではそう思う。

だから、リーディングは短期的には問題演習が必要なのではないかという結論。ただ、4月のTOEICを受けたら、その後は受かるまで英検準1級なので、たった1回の試験にそこまで執着しなくてもいいのではとも思っている。これだと、次の試験ではまっとうな英語トレーニングでスコアアップを狙うのはもう無理という結論になってしまうのだが、嫌だったとしても問題演習するべきだろうか?

White hat and black hat on TOEIC

I found the ways of approaching TOEIC test are two patterns.

White hat and Black hat, you can see the words several world, the world of affiliate program for example. White hat approach is improving contents of a web site, and black hat approach means against Google search, or SEO.

I found a blog refers WH and BH for TOEIC test. I guess it's quite crucial for English learners using TOEIC. If you aren't conscious about WH and BH, you lose the direction of learning English.

In Hiro Maeda's book about TOEIC, a person uses drill books for TOEIC test. I can say his attitude is based on BH like approach. Other one in the story trains his English skill itself, by reading aloud for example, and gets high score on TOEIC test as result. It's WH approach.

I'm not sure which approach is better. But I can say that my methods written in this blog is mainly white hat approach for TOEIC test, and that I gained over 200 points from 575 points by the English trainings for about one year. And I can write blog articles in English like this.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hay fever

I wrote that I didn't become hay fever, but it's false.

I forgot I took a sinus drug and I wrote that I'm not hay fever then. After that I missed the chance to update about that. But it's true that hay fever is weak this year to forget it.

I don't have any special thing what I need to write about. So I'll stop to write this morning.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Search Inside Yourself

I ordered a book named Search Inside Yourself and it arrived yesterday.

I especially write about the book for English learners. First it's easy to read anyway. As maybe Chade-Meng Tan, author of the book, is non native speaker of English and he is a former engineer, still engineer by some chance, he writes easy English. So if you were driven to read The JapanNews, Japanese newspaper in English, by this blog, I can say the book has the same difficulty as The JapanNews has. For ones who took TOEIC test, I'm 775 points on TOEIC test in January.

So this book is appropriate to read for extensive reading.

Actually I have only read two forwards and chapter zero, so I can't mention about the contents. But I'm suffering from negative thinking and I'm looking at the book as a chance to change my thought. That's what I can say.

The direction of this article is slightly change.

I have read the JapanNews for about two weeks, and I found myself dramatically improved of English skill, especially listening in English. So if you haven't intaken extensive reading for learning English, it's a must for you to find a interesting material to read.

P.S.
I guessed Chade-Meng Tan is non native speaker of English. But I'm not sure about that. By some chance, he may be originated in the US, or other English-speaking country. I'm not sure anyway.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tsurezure Diary

I have nothing to write.

It's cloudlessly fine day today. Basically we have little snow in South Kanto region. Mountains in north block continental wind and eliminates moisture, so it's dry weather in my region in winter.

Recently hay fever is around here. I don't become hay fever this year. I wrote that I became it in January, but that was my misunderstanding. Anyway I don't become hay fever maybe.

I lately went to Starbucks to read newspaper with coffee, I'm not sure I wrote about that. It was yesterday? When I stand up to get home, I saw the soldiers of Self Defence Force walking on sidewalk in front of Starbucks. It's rare to see them around here. I thought saying "Gokuro Sama Desu!(Thank you for hard work!)" with salute. But by some chance they might be ordinary people who took lecture for enterprize employees by SDF. So I stayed calm and got home.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The summertime is coming

I don't have anything to write.

The summertime is coming at March 12. I already wake up at 5:30, 30 minutes earlier, from one month ago to prepare the summertime. I'll wake up at just 5:00, more 30 minutes earlier from next Sunday. Of cource Japan don't have summertime but it's convenient for me to wake up early according to the Sun.

I write about completely other thing.

I bit my tongue when I was eating sukiyaki on Sunday for my fathers birthday. I bit really strongly so I feel pain when I'm eating something. From I started English language training like reading aloud, I often bite my tongue. In addition it happens when I'm eating something delicious anytime. What should I watch out?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

God never make a person above a person

I have spoken in English on YouTube for 25 days.

I checked the video I uploaded before. And I found I don't improve any speaking skill. I can speak with out notes lately, but fluency isn't nothing improved. I'm disappointed. But the chance to output my English is only YouTube and this blog, so I need to continue it anyway.

I write about completely other thing. It suddenly come to mind.

I heard on twitter that BBC broadcasted Japanese mangas associating with child porno. I don't know the detail but a manga artist says that he honestly told that the manga with childish girl never makes any victimes and sex crime to children is reducing from 1980s, when the manga and anime like that emerged, and he tweeted that BBC didn't use his opinions on their program.

I sometimes feel that westerners believes they are completely right somewhere. They never say about that in front of Asian maybe, but I can sometimes feel their feeling of superior to other civilizations and races on broadcasting. Some Japanese also shamelessly believe it in deep of their mind.

We don't need to be afraid of criticism against the truth based on precise data.

Monday, March 6, 2017

About TOEIC test

I might lose common sense.

I used Twitter inquiry function for "what score do you think is TOEIC loser." At first time I thought that that's anyway rude for other one saying "I'm a TOEIC loser." So I want to know appropriate score to call TOEIC loser. That's why I used the Twitter inquiry function. But no one vote it. I guess maybe I don't have no follower in my twitter account. I'm a Twitter loser rather than TOEIC loser.

I tried listening section of TOEIC practice test, as I wrote in Japanese. I got 79/100 points of raw score. It didn't change any more than before I had taken January's test. But I have room to improve my English skill maybe. On the other hand, I began to think that I couldn't improve my TOEIC score itself any more. Hence will TOEIC be mesurement of my English skill after now? I began to doubt. I don't know precise answer about that.

I'll take the April's test.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

TOEIC公式問題集L&R2結果

TOEIC公式問題集をリスニングだけやった。
L&R2のTEST1だ。

結果は、

Part1 6/6 (100%)
Part2 19/25 (76%)
Part3 31/39 (79%)
Part4 23/30 (76%)
合計 79/100
予想スコア 345-420(中間値 382)

だった。問題を解いていて、1月の試験で自信を持った割に思ったより理解してないなあ、という印象を受けた。1月に試験を受けてから1ヶ月ちょっとしか経ってないので、いきなりいい成績が出せるわけではないが、せめて8割は超えて欲しいと思ったのだが。

まあ、得点だけ言えば、L&R1のTEST1で素点85点、TEST2で素点75点だったわけで、あんまり変化してないかな、と。

今回Part2とPart4ができてないようだが、Part4は自分の中で得点源のつもりだったので、できてないのがガッカリだ。Part2も思った以上にできてなくて焦る。Part3は今までの成績にしてはできたと思える。

ここからが本番で、ちょっと休憩してから、問題を見直したり、できなかった問題をシャドーイングしたりする。気づいたことがあったら以下に追記する。

見直しが終わったので、気づいたことを書く。

Part2は基本的に聴きなれない表現をイギリス英語とオーストラリア英語で聞くとダメだとわかった。Part3、4は聴き慣れない表現に加えて、自分で今まで公式問題集などで聞いたことのない場面設定で状況が理解できなくて回答できなかった、ということが多い。

だからそろそろ問題演習をした方がスコアアップには良いのではと思うが、まだ英語力そのものを上げるアプローチでスコアを伸ばせる気がしている。というか、そうであるべきだと思うので、公式問題集を試験前に解いてちょっと見直しをする以外は試験対策を積極的にすることはないだろう。6月は英検準1級を受けるのだし、TOEICに固執するよりは今までのアプローチでどこまで行けるか試すべきだろう。

Two cafes

I went to two cafés yesterday.

In the morning I went to nearby Starbucks to have a coffee. But I ordered a tea latte because I wanted to have it before. I read English newspaper with tea latte. I felt growing self-esteem more than flashing electric gadgets at the shop.

After noon my mother and I went to Oiso for a bit of errands. And we stopped by a café in front of Oiso station. I like the shop from which we can see quiet rural station.

I have been becoming a tea lover lately. I hardly have coffee. At home I have tea instead of coffee.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Japanese accent English

The day when I began to read English newspaper was one week ago.

The JapanNews is relatively easy for me to read. But reading a lot of it is very hard for me to continue. So I need to continue reading it.

I'm practicing speaking English on YouTube. I come to speak English using more complicated grammars than day one. But my accent is becoming very Japanesy. The Japanese accent English sounds very odd for me. Do I need to change it?

Friday, March 3, 2017

I'm fatigued

I recently feel tired from morning.

I have read the English newspaper everyday. My intake of English is increasing. So my brain is very tired maybe. I can't sleep enough despite of going to bed at 8 PM. When I wake up, I feel I want to sleep more.

My long position of USD/JPY is stable. I don't need to be afraid of plunge.

And I bought some Nikkei225 revalage ETF yesterday, because I guessed that it became 5th wave of erriot wave principle. I'm not sure about that, but I know that it's going up in the near future.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

JapanNews is easy to read

I suddenly wanted to compare with JapanNews and JapanTimes.

I didn't know where JapanTimes is sold. I searched the web, and went to Odawara station. After buying the newspaper, I get back home. On my way to home, I read JapanTimes. And I found it hard to read smoothly. The expression of the English sentences is a bit difficult. Of cource I can read it, but I couldn't smoothly read it. Opposite to it, JapanNews is easy to read. I can read it easily.

If I intake newspaper as extensive reading, I have to read relatively easy materials. So I need JapanNews. If I get pre1grade of Eiken test, I embrace JapanTimes to get higher reading skill.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Started to deliver

My English speech on YouTube marked 20 days.

It's hard to speak in English fluently. But it's getting better. My English skill is advancing to great direction. Someday I could speak about more difficult thing.

JapanNews started to deliver to my home. I'm happy not to go convenient store in winter to buy the newspaper. As I already wrote, this newspaper is easy to read, but it's tough to read it from top to end. But I found it interesting to read newspaper printed on paper.

Incidentally, I had some long position of USD/JPY. I guess it already touched primary cycle bottom about two weeks ago, and now it's near there.