Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Quote Review -24

"単語の中心的な意味をとらえてその言葉全体のイメージをとらえること。"

『竹岡広信の英語の頭に変わる勉強方法』 竹岡広信著


    When we build up our vocabulary, we need this kind of attitude and if we want grasp the image of a word, we would be better to read the all definitions of the word in monolingual dictionary. And then gradually we are going to grind the meaning of the word like a keen knife.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Quote Review -23

"つまり、日本語訳に直しただけでは、頭に描いている状況を確認できないのです。いや、ひょっとすると、状況を全く描かずに、横に書かれている英文を、ただ縦の日本語に直しているだけなのかもしれません。"

『英語リーディングの科学』 卯城祐司著


    I agree with you on this point. So if we learn our second language, we should not translate the second language into our native language, especially in the early time of our learning. And I think this depiction of something like image is quite important element of our understanding the language.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Book Quote Review -22

"私たちは一語一語の意味を確かめながら文章を読むのではなく、「何についての話か」という情報から既有知識を活性化しながら、必要な情報を選び、予測を立てながら読み進めていくトップダウン型で情報を処理することにより、一貫した心的表象を構築するのです。"

『英語リーディングの科学』 卯城祐司著


    I agree with you on this point. It may have something to do with the contention that when I practice listening, if I concentrate on a word by word, I cannot understand the meaning. So I think we need to be relax in our listening so as not to concentrate on a word so much. Maybe the process of understanding the meaning is much more complex than we expect.

Friday, October 16, 2015

#30 How To Speak -14

    If you want to start your second language, we need the practice of pronunciation. Of course this is because we need to make us understood correctly, but, more important, if we can pronounce our second language relatively near the pronunciation of the native speaker, we are able to have something like confidence and become not to hesitate when we talk.
    I don't know but especially we Japanese have too much hesitation in speaking English. And this hesitation seems like to disturb our speaking. There is some elements in this hesitation but if we only practice the pronunciation of our second language, we can get rid of the hesitation to some extent.
    I practiced my pronunciation by Shadowing and now I have been practicing it by IPA videos on You Tube. Of course my pronunciation is not good but at least I don't have some hesitation when I speak English.


My YouTube channel is ESPINMC