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Thank you for this chance to connect with you  through English learning.  We might not have met if you were into golf, or oil painting or jazz dance, since I’m not interested in those activities! You were drawn to this skill we call “language,” (and more specifically,) the English language, and now I can  get to know you. And I am grateful.

 

Let me tell you a secret. (This is not good advertisement for me, since I TEACH English ….) Ready? I don’t care if you can speak English or not.
No, really. I don’t!
I don’t even care if my own kids (who are raised in Japan) can speak English or not. I know it would be “nice” for them to be able to speak to their cousins who live in Hawaii, or maybe expand their future opportunities by speaking the international language.

But what I really look for : Are they enjoying the “self” that picks up the new skill? Does the learning process delight them? If the answer is “yes” or “maybe, with a little help,” then I want to be there for them!

I would never force a child to learn the violin, if they did not like the process of learning how to play.

I recently started playing the violin again after 25 years. I am not a good violin player. And even after 10 years of playing, I never got good. But even as a child,  I LOVED the process of learning how to play– I would keep at it for hours for the one or two beautiful notes that would occasionally sing out from my tiny violin.

It may be the same way with learning languages.
Look beyond WHAT we are learning and ask,  “Am I enjoying the process?”
Your “beautiful note”might the time you shared a smile with the English-speaking Canadian woman who thanked you for showing her how to get to Tokyo . Our powerful yet invisible connection to one another comes in and out of view because of your processing of all manners of learning, including new languages.

I’m here to help you love this magical process of language learning.
I want to help students see beyond the “benefits,” beyond the “what’s-in-it-for-me” reasons for language learning?

In my lessons, I try to move past the practical reasons and methods of learning. — I enjoy peeking under the “reasons for learning”lid, and celebrating the “person who IS learning.” 

So, how are you doing in your learning?

Are you feeling the thrill of new understanding?
Are you feeling the lovely tingle of connection to your fellow humans when you catch the deeper meanings of their words?

Language is but one gateway to deeper communication
But funnily enough, sometimes it blocks us/ shields us/ blinds us from seeing our common humanness.

As a teacher, I would like to see language for what it is:
Not a goal, but a cool by-product of something deeper, the lovely results from experiencing the “joy of learning and connecting.”

These are the thoughts that I have been exploring today.

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the “DR” story

the “DR” story

the "DR" story Hello, I'm back! Did you enjoy your Halloween! こんにちは!ご無沙汰しています。楽しいハロウィーンを過ごしましたか? Today, I have a video talking about words with "dr". ”DR”の発音についてのビデオを作って忌みました。 AND....I am going to talk about a "different" way to understand English pronunciation,...

The “L” Story (with marshmallows)

The “L” Story (with marshmallows)

Hello! Thank you for waiting for my newest blog! こんにちは!最新のブログ、お待たせしました! Time sure flies by quickly! 時間があっという間にすぎてしまいますね。 The Cherry Blossoms in the park outsideare in FULL BLOOM! COOL! 近くの公園の桜はもう満開!(昨日はクリスマスだったのに!ヒィヒィ!) 今日の話は"L"の発音の話です すぐにはできなくても、舌の筋肉の体操だ...

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Doing the Laundry in English!

Doing the Laundry in English!

Who does the laundry in YOUR home? 家の洗濯物は、誰がするの? Many Japanese people do the laundry everyday! 日本では毎日洗濯する人が多いのね。 In Hawaii, we used to do it once a week, all at once! ハワイでは一週間に一回、家族5人分の洗濯物をいっきにやっていた! Which do you prefer?...

Fried Chicken in English?!

Fried Chicken in English?!

Let's Fry Some Chicken!! 夏に食べたいのは唐揚げ!って、ミッツだけかな? I love fried chicken in the Summer! Don't you?! 今日は簡単な唐揚げを簡単なEigo言うビデオを作ってみたよ! Let's make a very simple recipe of fried chicken in...

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