Linguivocal

podcast and blog about my English learning

Archive for August, 2006

Episode#13 – Blogging and English Learning

Posted by shashi on August 21, 2006

Blogging and English Learning :

 

  • In recent times, blogs have emerged as an efficient language learning tools. More and more language learners use blogs to share as well as to work on their language learning.
  • Initially I had started this blog to work on my English writings. I used to write about my progress in English. I also used to write about activities around the Linguist and this blog has helped me make new friends who have the same interest of English learning. Also blogging helps me keep motivated.
  • Ken also has two blogs one in English and one in Japanese. Initially Japanese learners tended to write in Japanese only, but now more and more Japanese learners write in English.
  • We have the Linguist Vox community where most of the Linguist members have blog. All learners write regularly and it is kind of fun as well as an English school. We can communicate easily with other language learners as well as tutors. Through blogging, we get new friends and we will be connected to outer language world.
  • Do you have any blog where you write about your English learning and what is your experience?

Your linguistic friend,

Shashi

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Episode#12 – Smita: An Indian accustomed to the UK

Posted by shashi on August 13, 2006

An Interview with my wife: Smita

  • In this episode I have talked to my wife about her English proficiency and life in the UK.
  • She studied in convent (English medium) school and she had started to speak in English when she was three. She used to practice speaking English with her siblings and friends. She had put more emphasise on reading and speaking.
  • When she came to the UK, initially she got problem understanding British accent but now she is used to it and can communicate with them fluently. She can not only communicate properly but can also take part in jokes. She has more or less become familiar with British culture as well.
  • She has one colleague who is Canadian and she sometimes find it difficult to understand Canadian accent. She is now spending more time with her to learn Canadian accent.
  • She advised me to practice speaking English with her (I’ve never thought in this way. She can be a good tutor for me and now onwards, I will try to speak in English with her)

Your linguistic friend,

Shashi

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Episode#11 – School and summer vacation

Posted by shashi on August 1, 2006

School and summer vacation :

  • In this episode, Ken and I talked on School and summer vacation. In India, we get one month’s summer vacation, usually in the month of May. Our academic year starts on first week of June. We usually don’t have any assignments for summer vacation. We give annual exam in April and then we go for summer vacation and our results come out when we rejoin the school. So we usually are tension free during vacation.
  • Some students join private classes during vacation while some join summer camps. We do lots of enjoyment and usually arrange some short trips to nearby places. When I was kid I used to go to my grandpa’s home. He lived in a small village and he had lots of sugarcane fields. I learned lots of things during my summer vacation like swimming and cycling.
  • In Japan, summer vacation is also for only one month and usually in the month of April. Kids get lots of assignments in the vacation and they need to spend more time on their study. Ken also used to visit his grandpa’s home and he lived on an island. So he got lots of fresh fish to eat when he visits there.
  • As we use Skype for recording, some times it doesn’t work good (like today) and quality may not be good.
  • How about your country? When do you get summer vacation and how do you remember your summer holidays?

Your linguistic friend,

Shashi

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