writing a note

I don’t know how long I have not written here.

My English writing skill is getting weaker as my speaking skill.

I got to do something!

 

Now, I am in the comfortable position.

Little work, and stable salary. I do not get a lot, but enough to survive.

In Japan, we call it “taking a worm bath”

It is like a place we can stay for a long time, but it does not effect to people in a good way.

I can stay here for a long time.

Yet, I do not think it is good to me.

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Outdoor educator or student councellor

It is update for my work in this fall.

I have two offers; to be an outdoor educator or a study abroad program councellor.

My boss wants me to go both sessions to learn those skills, but there is a time conflict.

To be an outdoor educator, I have to attend 2 sessions (3 + 7 days) in Octorber and November.

To be an study abroad program concellor, I have to go to Germany, Berlin from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

There is a big international conference to meet the language schools in world wide.

http://www.icef.com/workshops.html

Both are great offer.

My boss will choose which one he will send me to in this year soon.

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To help people (Training camp for 5 days)

In Japan, we have a national self difence group instead of army.

They are specialized on the defense, like in the natural and artificial desaster.

For example, I saw many of them after the Kobe earthquake on 1995.

I happened to know they are recruiting the support members who will help the group with some skills.

I applied it, and I passed the exam to be a supporter with English language skill.

The support members are supposed to join 10 days training a year, and we can become the official supporter.

Then, if the national difense group need English-Japanese speaker at the crisis, like an earthquake, they will call me to go there.

The training has two parts; one is from today,and the other will be on Octorber.

Both are for 5 days.

In this first training, we will do some basic training, outside training, and a special diffense training with some equipment.

I don’t know much about it yet, but I am excited. I will be glad to get skills to help people.

I will write more about what happens in the training after I come back on Sunday.

The HP for the group is on http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/reserve/yobijiho/training.html

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A step to my goal (traveling Japnese teacher)

I am a native Japanese speaker, but it does not mean I can teach Japanese correctly.

I need to study how to teach, if I am really serious.

I had thought about that for a while, and finally my study for being a Japanese teacher started.

It is an online class, and I have to study 420 hours to complete my study.

If I pass the program, I am qualified to have a knowledge of Japanese teaching.

Then, if I get some experience, I will be ready to go somewhere to teach Japanese.

My program is a bit unique, and I mainly learn how to teach Japanese in English.

I think it is very valuable if I complete the study.

Now I have two main textbook; first is the textbook which my student would use, the other is the book about how to use that textbook. I am suppose to study 10 hours (4 lessons) and send a online exam or essay about what I’ve learned.

I just started, but please let me know if you want to be my first student. I need lots of experience to teach.

In my plan, I will finish that program in 6 month. It is very intense, but it’s worth it.

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My tool for learning language

I am usually a book person, but I think it is very valuable to learn from the sound.

Especially, for learning language, I use a IC recorder lately.

I used to listen music and language tape with iPod, but there is something wrong with my iPod. I cannot use it for a while.

In mean time, I used IC recorder instead.

I found out it really works for learning for a couple reason.

1. Simple. iPOD is very fansy tool, and we can used it with fun. Yet, IC recorder has very limited function. I got to listen my language tape only.

2. Faster play mode. IC recorder has a faster play mode, not in iPod. I usually listen my Spanish and Russian tape with 1.5 times faster. From the first, there is no problem because I felt the tape is already fast with normal speed anyway. Then, after my ear gets used to the faster speed, I feel very slow when I hear the normal speed.

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5 years ago, 5 years later (My next 5 years plan)

2010 July – 2011. March; teaching job to raise money

2011. April – December; Study Spanish in Colombia. Travel in South America.

2011. December – 2013. March; work to raise money. A month travel to Spain and Russia.

2013. April – 2013. July; working holiday in New Zealand

2013. July -2014. July; study Chinese and teach Japanese in Taiwan with working holiday.

2014 July – 2015. July; study Arabic in Jordan or Syria.

I still remember clearly 5 years ago from today.

It was almost a month passes after I came to Reno, and I was excited about my life.

I got a friend, and she is a 50 years old lady. She just visited Reno for a summer study, and we talked a bit.

In the evening, we were about to walk around, but one of my friend came to me and took me to the dining room in the dorm.

Then, almost 60 people, who came to Reno with me, were there, and they celebrated for me.

It was one of my best day in my life.

Lately, I spend my time to think about my future.

What should I do and what can I do in my life?

I have so many things I want to do, and I have something I do want to do.

I don’t want to be decided my life from any circumstance, any norm, and any common sense.

I have be the person who chose my life.

Then, I made my plan. It might be hard to achieve it as I grow. I am easy going to some things, but I want to be stubborn to keep my way in my life. I will make some change, but my bottom line is if I can satisfy my life.

My next 5 years plan. (It can be change)

“I will be inter-mediate speaker of Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic and qualified Japanese teacher by July 5th of 2015.”

(Inter-mediate means Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.) by Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

2010 July – 2011. March; teaching job to raise money

2011. April – December; Study Spanish in Colombia. Travel in South America.

2011. December – 2013. March; work to raise money. A month travel to Spain and Russia.

2013. April – 2013. July; working holiday in New Zealand

2013. July -2014. July; study Chinese and teach Japanese in Taiwan with working holiday.

2014 July – 2015. July; study Arabic in Jordan or Syria.

This is my legend from today.

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2 things to do today. (interview and volleyball)

Today I have two big things to do.
1. I will interview some people.
My boss decided to have some Chinese class, and there are some candidates for the Chinese teacher.
I will interview some of them and check their skill.
I have experiences to be interviewed, but it is my first time to interview others.
I hope I will do good.

2. I will play volleyball tonight.
I used to play volleyball a lot, but I have 9 months break since I came back from the US.
In the mean time, I almost did not play any sports.
I guess it will take some time for me to get my shape and skill back.
Yesterday, I worked out for preparing today, and my muscle is already sore.
I see one team today, and other team tomorrow.
Then, I will decide to join them or try to find other one.
Anyway, I am so excited. My volleyball days are coming back.

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