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Diary Entry 1981-29 : Speaking in English

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#Speaking in English

There is a big heater behind my back where I sit and play the piano in the church, so I am warm. I don’t recall anyone telling me to switch off the heater before leaving home, but I do it anyway.
I think people rarely remember the gratitude they feel when something has been done even though they haven’t actually voiced a request for it.
My time in church rarely coincided with the priest’s. He always said he enjoyed my piano practice, but I would return home out of consideration for him.

He offered me a gift of money as a sign of appreciation, but I told him, “It’s free.” I wanted to say, “I am sorry but I cannot accept that…” but I have no idea what I actually said.
My English was always incoherent. I always made mistakes like mixing “he” and “she”.

Martha gave birth to a baby boy on August 24. For a long time I thought the baby’s name was “Jane”.
I hadn’t noticed my mistake until they told me, “His name is James! Jane is a girl’s name.”
Speaking about that, I knew that in the US they give hurricanes female names. “Hurricane Jane” or “Hurricane Catherine”.
I also knew that James was a boy’s name, but that was not an active knowledge acquired through contact with real people.

My tongue gets tied when I need to stand and talk in front of other people even in my own language. Then I am not able to comprehend spoken language either.
The situation was the same with English. There was no way I could learn the English language through conversation with native speakers. It was precisely spoken language I had to learn in my own country first because unless I knew the proper use of words and shades of their meanings I could end up making idiots out of my speaking partners in the most unpredictable ways.
Learning the background of a word is a very important thing.

Since I had no other preparations in English except fully memorizing texts from the language learning radio programme, it was a rocky road for me. I had so much stress because of the language.
My head would be spinning, I would often get ahead of myself, I was unable to grasp the sounds.
In Miki Sawada’s book it was written that acquiring language knowledge was more valuable than possessing a handsome figure or precious gemstones. The ability to speak languages helps us reduce our fears. We can say a bit of something to convey our thanks or that we’re sorry. It is especially important to be able to say something in a polite way. In this manner we can reduce somewhat our speaking partner’s sense of mistrust that may arise in our communication due to language.

Except when communication concerns work, people of a similar mind and heart can communicate telepathically. It is better, however, to have the ability to converse well than not to have it. That is what language science is about. In that respect, successful application of that ability is as important as any of our other abilities when it comes to arranging our life in all its spheres.

Translated by Saiko 

Photo: James and his little brother and sister





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by mhara21 | 2018-01-01 00:00 | 後追い日記81年 | Comments(0)
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