Do You Want to Learn Another Languages from A Robot?!

Hello there! How have you been? It’s been a while since I posted my last blog entry. I am sorry for the delay. Recently I am busy for painting stuff. I haven’t posted anything on my other blog either,  and I know I have to do this soon.

Today, I want to listen to your opinions and share mine with you. I hope I can listen to lots of opinions from you.

Well, my question is “Do you want to learn another languages from a robot?”.  A couple of days ago, I found a robot which can teach us English on Amazon. I thought it was very interesting.

会話ロボット

Isn’t the robot cute? You can see more details here: https://www.amazon.co.jp/AKA-Musio-%E8%8B%B1%E8%AA%9E%E5%AD%A6%E7%BF%92AI%E3%83%AD%E3%83%9C%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E6%AD%A3%E8%A6%8F%E4%BB%A3%E7%90%86%E5%BA%97%E5%93%81-MSX510017SB/dp/B06XPD111V/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498441590&sr=8-1&keywords=%E8%8B%B1%E8%AA%9E%E3%83%AD%E3%83%9C%E3%83%83%E3%83%88

The robot itself costs around 1000 American dollars and plus you need textbooks and you need to pay to “Friend Plan” ( I don’t know what it is.). It sounds like it costs a lot.

However, according to Amazon, it can teach us natural English. Do you want this?

Since I have not used the robot yet, I can’t say the robot is useful or helpful. Even so, I prefer learning conversational English from a real teacher. I doubt how much it can teach us “real conversation”. I think languages relates to history, culture, religion or other stuff. The robot might become a conversational partner, but I don’t think we can enjoy our conversations what we talk. Do you know what I mean?

I think I don’t like it if the robot shows sarcasm. I probably feel awkwardness. If the robot swears, I probably don’t like it either. The robot might work out for beginner level students, though. It might be good to practice pronunciation or ask them unknown words, difficult phrases and so on. Well, I think we can do the stuff without the robot anyway.

As a result, I don’t think I need the robot for my English, but it might be good for my Italian. Compared to my English level, my Italian is really poor. In that case, the robot will help me a lot to learn basic stuff.

I think the best way to learn another languages is to use both human and high technology, but I still believe that human skills are better than high technology.

Maybe in the future we will have robot teachers in school, and they teach us school subjects. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope I can see you next week! Have a great day!

 

-Yumi

 

Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2017 brings lots of laughter and happiness to you all!

Today I want to write about English to motivate you. This entry is for all language learners, and this blog entry is the very first one this year.

The very last part of last year I made one of my dreams come true. It was studying abroad in Italy to improve my painting skills. It took five years, but I am glad that I made it. Before sharing the story, I want to share the English part first.

I started studying conversational English to study abroad  8 years ago. One day I found a very beautiful horse painting on a porcelain tile online. I couldn’t speak English at all then even though I could read and write. Our English education is based on grammar, and we don’t learn how to communicate with people in English at school. I wanted to learn how to paint the horse, but the class was in Arizona, the States. I couldn’t understand conversational English and how I could take the class……… There was no choice to study conversational English for me. Since then, taking the horse painting class had become one of my dreams.

There was a really good free online language studying site 8 years ago. I met an American boy who was 15 years old, just started studying conversational Japanese. He and I made good friends in the site. One day I asked him if he could teach me conversational English, in turn I would love to teach him Japanese for free. Since then he had become my conversational partner. We started exchanging languages on Skype every day. Sometimes we Skyped more than for 12 hours a day to improve my English and his Japanese. We exchanged our languages until he graduated from high school.  I really do appreciate what he did for me. After several years, he came to Japan to visit me twice. He became a fluent Japanese speaker and now he is getting a master degree at graduate university. Two years after studying conversational English, I made my dream come true. I studied abroad to take the horse painting in Arizona. It was my first trip alone  in the States. I met two really nice American ladies and since then, two of them have become my American moms.

English opened my world. One of the ladies whom I met in Arizona has run a porcelain school in Michigan. She asked me if I was interested in coming her school. I sad, “Yes!”. Since then she has been my closes female American friend. We have traveled a lot to take porcelain painting classes in the States. I have met lots of American painters here and there and made friend with them. Now, I have a lot of American moms in Alabama,Tennessee, Idaho and everywhere. Every year I have been to the Michigan school to improve my painting skills. I stay at her house and she has introduced her family, friends, culture, everything. She also has become my English teacher as well.

I also met several Americans ( one is American Jewish) and a Brit who were studying Japanese online 8 years ago. They all have become my language partners and we still have been exchanging languages on Skype. One of them become a professional online English teacher. He is teaching me English every single day on Skype. I do appreciate him a lot as well. My British friend visited me twice, and my daughter visited his two years ago. Now his family and my family are good friends. We sometimes Skype with our families.

While studying abroad alone in the Sates, I started being confident in conversational English even though I say funny things in English. One day I saw an advertizement of an international porcelain convention in Thailand. It was five years ago. A lady who is teaching Queen’s place, posted the advertizement on Facebook. She asked me if I was interested in coming to the show. I said, “Yes!” again. I have believed that if we want to do something, we shouldn’t hesitate anything. I went there with my Australian friend who had never met in person even though we had been friends on Facebook for years. I made good friends with her. We both won prizes.

Well, long story short, my dream that I made come true last year relates to the show. I saw some amazing works in the show. I figured out they were from an Italian guest artist. I was so inspired by her artwork. I asked her that I wanted to learn from her, but she said that she didn’t speak English. I was very disappointed at it but couldn’t give up to learn from her. I made friends with her on Facebook. After I returned to Japan, I messaged her. Her daughter replied me soon in English.

Her daughter told me that her mother would go to an international convention in Canada as a guest artist. I went to the convention to learn from her. I also took her classes in Texas, America as well. Then, finally I took her classes in Italy last December!

When I told my plan to study abroad in Italy alone to my husband and daughter, two of them dropped their jaws because they knew that I can’t handle Italian conversations at all. Two of them said they couldn’t believe that. I didn’t hesitate at all. I always grab all chances to make my dreams come true. I know where there is a will, there is a way.

I really think English opened my world much much wider and has made my dreams come true. Now, Italian will make my dreams come true. I know I have to study conversational Italian.

I want to say to all language learners, Don’t worry about your accents and mistakes. Languages are communication tools. I have a Japanese accent, but people understand my English very well. I have no problem to communicate with people in English. If you want to speak English, just start speaking English. Without speaking practice, you never ever come to speak English at all.  If you can handle two languages or three languages,  your world will become much much more international! I know it very well, and that’s why I am studying English and will study Italian!

Thank you so much for reading such a long blog entry. I know I have been making a lot of mistakes in my written English and I apologize it.

I hope this blog entry is helpful to keep studying another languages. I am thinking I want to publish a book with my experiences some day in the future. This is one of my dreams!!

-Yumi

Hiroshima

Hi there! How have you been? I am sorry I couldn’t update my blog for two weeks.

This weekend, on Saturday we had a 71st memorial day for Hiroshima and I want to write about Hiroshima today.

I think everybody knows the word, Hiroshima. It’s one of Japanese cities name. 71 years ago during  the world war 2, the city was attacked by an atomic bomb on the 6th of August. Three days later Nagasaki was attacked by another atomic bomb.  In total over 200,000 people died. Japan surrendered after that.It was a huge lesson for us after the war. Not only that, in 71 years the people who could survive have still are suffered from the effect of radiation. The atomic bombs gave us a huge influence to the next generation or next next generation.

As to think about Hiroshima, I can’t stop thinking why we couldn’t surrender before that . If we did it, we didn’t lose such amount of innocent people immediately. Our government during the time took “Samurai Spirits”  rather than protecting citizens. At school we learn about Hiroshima, but our history teachers don’t say any sensitive questions to students, like why America choose our country not German or Italy ( we belonged to a same group against America) , why America dropped two of atomic bombs, Do you think we needed two of atomic bombs to surrender? Why they dropped the bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and so on. I sometimes discuss these questions with my American friend, but we can’t find answers. My friend tell his opinion from an American side and visa versa. We both have been educated different and we never agree even though we can respect our opinions.

This year American president Obama visited Hiroshima as a first American president and gave us an amazing speech about peace. Through Hiroshima, Nagasaki and ww2 we have learned about peace at school. In Japan Hiroshima has been a symbol of peace.

We can’t change our history but we can learn from it. I think the most important thing is not to repeat the same history. Let’s pray for peace, no more wars, nor more terrorism.

Thank you so much for reading. See you next weekend here again. Have a lovely week!

-Yumi

 

How Do You Keep Your Motivation?

Hi there! Loooong time no see! I am very sorry that I hadn’t posted anything on my blog for a long time. I finally came back here to start blogging again! From now on, I try to update every week. So, please stay turned to my blog!

To be honest with you, since yesterday I started writing about an other theme. I finished the half of the entry last night. You know, English is my second language. It took two hours………. I’ve been blogging in English because I want to improve it. I want to introduce our unique culture to the world. These are the main reasons for me to keep blogging.

Anyway,  when I tried to add more sentences to my blog entry, I lost everything. Gosh! Then, I started it over, but I changed the theme. I will write about the theme which I tried to write next time.

This time I want to ask you when you lose your motivation for some reasons, how do you lift up yourselves? I accidentally lost my blog entry and almost lost my motivation as well. To tell you the truth, I had been losing motivation for my blogs. That’s why I hadn’t posted anything. Since yesterday I started my other blog, my art blog again. I received lots of positive comments both on my blog and Facebook. I have linked my art blog on Facebook, and I received a lot of comments on my Facebook. This things became motivation for me to start this blog again. If I didn’t post anything on my art blog, I wouldn’t start this blog again…….

I just wanted to write my feelings in English. I want to make this blog entry as my first step!

See you next week! I will try to write more interesting thing next time, I promise!

-Yumi

Black Angels

This morning my family and I visited a breeder who has been breeding Labrador Retriever Dogs in Nara prefecture. Two months ago, we lost our beloved dog, Lala. She was also  Labrador Retriever. We can’t move on from her death, and after discussing, we made a decision to get a new one. A couple weeks ago, I found the place where the breeder lives online. He is a canine trainer for Nara police. He has been raising German Shepherd Dogs and Labrador Retriever Dogs and training them for the police. I contacted him to show us their new puppies. They have four puppies which were born on the eleventh of July; two female black Lab, one female yellow Lab and one male black Lab. We had been looking for a female black Lab because Lala was a female black one.

It took only forty minutes from our house to get there. Since the puppies mom was really nervous, we couldn’t see her. I understand her feelings because she was really worried about her puppies. Every time they take her puppies to show people, I think she gets nervous.

We saw two of female black puppies.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They were so CUTE! My daughter and I almost cried to remember Lala when we saw them. To be honest with you, we didn’t know Lala’s babyhood because she was a leftover at a pet shop. When she came to our house, she was already six months. When our daughter, Nana was younger, she always said, “Mommie, how Lala looked like when she was a puppy”.  I knew she wanted to see Lala’s babyhood even though she understood it’s impossible. When we made a decision that we would have a new one, only Nana was against it. She told us that she never ever wanted to have a dog at all because Lala’s death broke her heart.

However, when Nana saw the new puppies, they melted her heart.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

They are just two weeks old!

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

When I saw one of them blueish black eyes, I thought humans babies also have the same colors when they are born. I still remember Nana’s blueish black eyes. At that time, I told my hubby that she was so pure that she hadn’t seen any evil things yet. That’s why her eyes are not black black, and blueish black.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They are too small to take to our house, but we chose which one we would take. We chose the one which Nana was holding. When she turns two months old, we will take her to our home. We are really looking forward to having her!

P.S I want to write about Lala next time.

How To Remove Your Resistance

Are you good at managing your time? Me? No! I’m really poor at managing my time. I’m sure I’m wasting a lot of time a day, and I just hate it.
I have several guilty pleasures that relate to my reference. For instance; the Internet surfing is a big problem for me. I love sitting in front of my PC and checking out the Social Network Service like Facebook, blogs, YouTube or whatever. After doing this, I always regret what I did.

So, trying not to spend wasting time on my PC, I switched a comfortable chair to uncomfortable chair. Now, I’m sitting on the uncomfortable chair to write this blog entry. It’s too uncomfortable, and I don’t want to sit for a long time. This chair is really working out for me.

Next, I organized my painting desk to focus on painting. When my desk was messy, I always lost feeling that I want to paint. That’s because before painting, I had to clean up my desk fast. It was a pain for me, and I always thought “OK, I can start painting tomorrow.” The thought; “I can do this tomorrow” never happens to me. Now, when I look at my organized painting desk, it makes my motivation up for painting.

Next year I want to have my own exhibition in Japan. So, I want to paint a lot of new pieces for my exhibition.

How Do You Manage Your Stress?

Hello! It’s too humid and hot in Japan, and this weather kills me.
How have you been?

I’ve been feeling a lot of stress because of this weather, having a deadline or whatever.

Today I want to ask you how you relieve your stress. Of course, I’m sure everyone has some stress and sometimes they stress us out. In my case, I’m really weak at summer. This heat kills me and makes me down. I don’t want to do anything and become really lazy.

However, this summer I have a deadline and have to push myself to keep it. This thing stresses me out.

I started gardening, and it helps me feel stress less. Even so, I want to know how people maintain their stress and want to try it to me. So, please share your case with me!

As I mentioned that I started gardening, and I will write down about it on my next blog entry! See ya soon!!!

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