An English teacher's thoughts on English education in Japan.
In four years in Japan, and for three years in Canada before that, I have taught a lot of Japanese students. Many of them liked to talk about English study, the difficulties of English, and the special challenges Japanese people have learning English. A lot of the lessons ended up being more about how to learn English, rather than an English lesson itself.Read more · 続きを読む
Good language learners do these things, and you should do them too!
What is fluency? How can you become 'fluent' in English?
"Strangely, almost everybody learning English in Japan, even beginners, wants to be like a native speaker, and some people are ashamed of speaking English which is even a little bit short of that of a native speaker."
According to Yasukochi-sensei, most people in Japan spend their English lives waiting for a day that will never come — the day they speak English perfectly. Most people will never be able to speak English like a native speaker. Even Mr Yasukochi himself admits that he will probably never be able to speak English like a native speaker. It's an impossible dream. David Thayne of AtoZ English agrees:Read more · 続きを読む
Four ways to speak a language like a native.
Part 45 of the Poligo Guide to Learning a Language.
SECTION 4: This section explains how to divide the language into smaller parts and how to learn each part.
From the last part, we understand why people stop improving when they get to the high-intermediate level. If you decide to continue with your language, there are four ways you can make sure that you continue to improve. If you use these four methods, you can be sure that your language skills will get as close to native-level as possible.