[Easy English Blog] Studying languages

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I love studying languages. My plan this year was to study Chinese, French and Russian, but I have changed my mind. I think it is better for me to focus on one language at a time. So I decided to focus on Chinese and try to pass the HSK level 3 exam.

I think focussing on one language at at time works well for me. When I was studying Japanese, I focussed on Japanese, and didn’t study any other languages. It took me three years to get level 1 on the Japanese proficiency test. So maybe this method works for me.

Some people can study many languages at the same time. I would like to, but I don’t think I can. So, I will focus on Chinese until I can pass level 4 on the HSK exam, and then I will start to study French. I might take a French test to keep me motivated. Once I have reached a high level in French, I will start to study Russian.

I wonder how long this will take? I guess it depends on how much time I can study every day. I’ll try to do at least an hour. My goal is to speak 5 languages fluently.

How many languages are you studying? Do you study them all at the same time? Or do you study them one at a time?

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

[Easy English Blog] Joining Instagram

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We joined Instagram the other day. (Our name user name is italkyoutalk.) We haven’t posted much yet. I spend a lot of time in my office, so I feel like I don’t have any interesting photographs to post.

For a long time, I have thought that I need to get out of the office more, and spend more time outside. Maybe Instagram will give me an extra reason to do this. I live in a beautiful place in Japan, so there are many scenic spots. However, I never visit them. I have a new phone, which takes very nice, high quality photographs. I’d like to share pictures of the beautiful place I live with other people. I think Instagram will be a good place to do this.

Now it is the rainy season, and nice flowers are blooming. I’ll try to get out and take some shots of them while they are still in bloom!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

[Easy English Blog] No running

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I wanted to go running today. So, I got ready, drove to my usual running spot and started to run. Then, my knee started to hurt. I don’t know why. I tried to continue running for a few hundred metres, but eventually I gave up. I went home and rode my exercise bike and did some stretching.

I was looking forward to running outside. It is getting hotter and more humid, so it won’t be comfortable to run outside soon. I wanted to make the most of the cool weather while I can.

I wonder what is wrong with my knee. I hope it is nothing serious. I will try running again in a few days. If the pain persists, I might go and see a doctor. Maybe I am just getting old…

[Easy English Blog] Sleepy days

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Everyone I know is feeling sleepy these days. This happens every April. When I see my friends and colleagues, they all say “I can’t get rid of my tiredness.” Everyone looks like they need to sleep more!

April is a busy time in Japan. The new school year starts, and many companies transfer workers to other offices or cities. Adjusting to a new environment and a new schedule is tiring. I think the weather is also a factor. It is getting warmer. I think this makes people feel sleepy too.

I have also been feeling sleepy, especially during the daytime. I try to go to bed early so I can get a good night’s sleep, but I still feel sleepy when I wake up. I feel like this every spring. I hope the feeling passes soon.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]Car problems

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I want to go to the sea to see the cherry blossoms. In my city, there is a place called Cherry Road. It has many cherry blossoms and overlooks the sea. It is a very beautiful place. But I can’t go, because my car has problems. I am worried that it will break down. If it breaks down near Cherry Road, I will have trouble, because Cherry Road is in the countryside, far from the city centre.

Sometimes, my car won’t change gear. I can’t drive or reverse. It has happened three times. Tomorrow, the maker of the car is going to look at it and try to find the problem. I hope they can find the problem and I hope it is not too expensive to fix.

I bought my car a year and a half ago. I didn’t expect to have problems so soon. I hope it is nothing serious.

So, this year, I will just see the cherry blossoms around my house and in the city centre. Maybe I can go to the countryside next year.

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

 

[Easy English Blog] New website

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We have a new website. Well, it’s not completely new, just redesigned. The old website was designed back in 2012. I thought it was time for a change. We have more graded readers now, so I wanted to display more books on the top page. We also decided to link our Facebook and Twitter accounts to the website.

I am happy with the design. I always ask the same designer to design our site. He knows our business well, and always does a good job. He also made a smartphone version of the website. When we started, smartphones were not as common as they are now, so we just had a PC site. It is important to keep up with the ever-changing technology!

You can see our new website here.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog]Enjoying the sunset

Our city has a famous sunset viewing spot. Unfortunately, I don’t have the chance to visit it at sunset time, because I am still working. Last week, I was lucky. I had no work one evening, so I went down to the lakeside for a run. I chose the time so I could see the sunset as I ran. There were many people around so I had to be careful when I ran. I also had to arrive at the spot early to get a parking space. The car parks fill up quickly around sunset time. Here are some photos I took as I was running. I hope you like them.

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Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press