The day came to find out my test result on a website. It was scheduled for 3 pm. Although I had been waiting since the day after taking the test, I didn’t have the courage to look at my result. So, I was thinking of covering the laptop screen with a thin white piece of paper or covering my eyes with my hands when I open the website. I will see it a little and I can be ready to accept reality gradually. Am I a coward?
The test is over! It was exciting …… so I want to write about it.
But actually, I was moping around. I had thought I don’t want to study English anymore.
Lately, I didn’t write on this blog at all. I was studying for the English test, not very hard though… I could have studied harder.
After the test, I thought I would try to write about my feelings, as the days around the test were an emotional roller coaster. I’m embarrassed to write about my feelings, though… I want to learn many varieties of expressions in English.
Before the test
I ate healthy meals and didn’t drink any alcohol. I thought I was in good shape and was looking forward to taking the test the next day.
The day of English test
My stomach was upset before leaving for the test. A few minutes into the test, my right hand was shaking. “Stop!” I thought. So I changed to writing with my left hand.
I will take an English test, which is called Eiken. This test is a popular English test in Japan. Eiken has 2 types of tests. The 1st test is writing and listening. The 2nd test is an interview in English, which involves speaking, listening and reading comprehension. If we pass the 1st test, we can take the 2nd test one month later.
Do you mimic me?
Hearing something different
Weird sound … is that me?? 😳
Writing my Haiku
Showing the dark side sometimes
Letting go of stress
In 2017, February 4th was Setsubun, which is what we name the day before the first day of spring. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called Mame-maki, we throw and scatter roasted soy beans, inside and outside our houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”
After that, we eat a bean for each year of our age and pray for happiness throughout the year. Some older people find eating them difficult because the beans are usually unseasoned and just taste like beans. During this time, we sometimes ask other people their ages and make small age related jokes.
There are many Setsubun events held in temples and shrines. The beans at these events are usually in small packs. If you are lucky, you can catch pack of beans for free. Although I didn’t go to any events and I didn’t do it in my house, I got a bunch of beans for sale this year. And then, I got an idea.
I will eat those roasted soy beans if I want to stop from becoming hungry. It’s my new diet. I wonder if it will work for me?
Anyway, I should go on a diet and exercise. I can’t wear my pair of jeans now. 😱 😭
Diet-related Haiku → Time to Haiku 2
The 3 best things which happened to me in 2016
3. I was able to change a bad situation into a great situation.
2. I made this blog and keep writing in English.
1. I have a fantastic teacher.
What was your favorite event this year?
Looking back on my English classes in 2016
I had a lot of good classes in 2016. Sometimes I had a runny nose, my stomach hurt, and I didn’t wear makeup, 🤧 🤢 🤤 etc. And then I learned what I should say in English during these types of events. Although, it was sometimes embarrassing, I was able to ask anything in teacher X’s class. But when adult students learn a language, these things are as important to learn as grammar.
Usually, our classes are during the daytime in my country, I often see the dark night through the teacher’s window. But sometimes, I took a night class in my time. I got up very early at 1 am or 3 am, when it was still dark outside of my window. But it wasn’t so difficult for me, because on the teacher’s side of Skype it looked like an early morning as if I was traveling abroad. And then I saw afternoon light through the window of the teacher’s room, and my teacher showed me outside, as well. At that time, I again knew we were in different times and places. It was so exciting. It felt like a field trip, too!
One class, my teacher ate some cashews. Of course, he knew I was on a diet, but I put up with him eating them. In another class, while drinking from the bottle, he lied to me saying “It’s not beer, just a root beer.”
It’s okay, though, my teacher and I can drink anything during our English class. As long as my teacher can still speak clearly.
Anyway, I enjoyed learning English for the first time this last year.