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).

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kaiten-sushi

We went to a kaiten-zushi for my brother's wife's birthday.

I had some sushi, French fries and some shochu. Sushi with French fries sounds odd, but recent kaiten-sushi has a various dishes like ramen. I wanted to drink with French fries.

While eating, my little nephew is sometimes on my knee. Recently my nephew liked me. I'm not sure why. But my elder nephew also liked me when he was small. I have something nice for small children maybe.

I talked with my brother about new iPhone. He recommends not to replace iPhone6 which I'm using with new iPhone. He is looking at smartphones with hardware benchmark scores.

I had good time.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

非公式問題集結果その1

TOEIC模試をリスニングだけ解いた。
非公式問題集のTEST1だ。

結果は、

Part1 5/6 (83%)
Part2 19/25 (76%)
Part3 35/39 (89%)
Part4 17/30 (56%)
合計 76/100

だった。究極の模試ではかなり精度の高い予想スコアがあったが、非公式問題集では廃止になったらしい。巻末の「この模試を解いた人の例」によると800前後くらいの人に分類されるらしいが。

Part1の時点でかなり簡単に感じたのだが、結局Part4で大失点になってしまった。Part2もうまく聞き取れなかったので、今回は本番前にして痛い失点になった。かなりゆっくり話しているように感じたので、もうちょっとできていても良いように感じるのだが。

できなかった問題をやり直すので、気づいたことがあっったら追記する。

やり直しをしたので、気づいたことを書いておく。

間違えた問題の解き直しをして、最終的に正解しなかったのは2問だ。この模試のリスニングは言い換え表現の問題が多い、と言うか間違えはそう言う感じの問題が目立つ。だから、試験当日の出かける前に、この模試の間違えたところをやり直すといいかもしれない。

あとは一回で聞き取れなかったが聞き直せばわかる問題が多かった。だから、TOEICリスニングが楽にできる段階まであとちょっとに感じる。ただし、試験会場の音声と問題集の音声は全然違うのが分かっているので、単純に模試の音声で判断しないほうがいいだろう。

Next Sunday is TOEIC test

It's Sunday, when I decided to do some drill of English test.

And I'm thinking what to do today. Next Sunday is TOEIC test, so I can do a practice test of TOEIC. And pre1grade Eiken test is fine. Maybe I'll take TOEIC today.

I bought a jacket at a department store. I felt it grate when I tried it. But it was 32000 yen. It was hard to check out with plastic card. At home I found it has too long sleeve so my mother and I went to a tailor to reform it. It'll make it by next Saturday.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Vocabulary building

It's April Fools' Day.

But I don't have any nice pranks. I'm afraid that when I say something, I mistakenly say the fact which is no joke.

I wrote that I improved my English skill, which I can read English sentences like Japanese slowly. (A story of April Fools already ended.) Remaining training is vocabulary building. I'll use vocabulary books to do that. I know that the best way is looking through the word lists many times, and I'll do so.

I recently feel fatigued. I can't identify the causes.