Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show. Today’s guest is Ayumi. She’s originally from Iwamizawa in Hokkaido and she now lives in Sapporo. She’s a third year student at Hokusei Gakuen Daigaku (Hokusei Gakuen University) studying English and psycholinguistics. I met her at the JALT conference last month and I asked her why she was interested in studying English.
I think it’s because of my mum. My mum is an English teacher and I grew up with, like, looking at her, so I think I was interested in English because of her.
Kia Ora in Stick News today Pansy Wong has become New Zealand's first Asian Cabinet minister. Pansy Wong was born in Shanghai in 1955.
She was given a Chinese name when she was born, but when she was five her family moved to Hong Kong and it was there that she chose her English name, Pansy.“I liked it”, she said “Pansies are tough but they are also happy and kind of vivacious.”In 1974, when Pansy was 19, her family emigrated to New Zealand.She studied commerce at university and became an accountant. In 1989 she got into local politics and seven years later she became a national politician.Pansy Wong is now a cabinet minister. She has been appointed Minister for Ethnic Affairs and Minister of Women's Affairs.According to the New Zealand Herald, she is the country's first Asian Cabinet minister.Pansy said: “It shows that New Zealand is a tolerant country where anyone can be accepted and succeed.”Not everyone has been accepting. She says: "Even today some people mock my accent and the way I speak."But, she says, if anything the barbs help her motivation.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 17th of November. Kia Ora.
Ayumi It was very good. I took lots of classes and I, ah, I kind of majored, ah, education for elementary school kids. とても楽しかったです。 多くの授業を受けましたが主に小学生教育を学びました。
Sarah In that year, did your English improve a lot? その間、英語はかなり上達しましたか？
Ayumi I don’t think so, but I had a great experience, so that’s good. それほど上達していないと思いますが、素晴らしい経験が出来ました。
Sarah Why did you come to this conference? この会議になぜ参加していますか？
Ayumi I am volunteering today and my teacher, Mr Eguchi, asked us to help the conference. Like, ah, we had a role of time keepers or video, um, take care of video. Or, we had a, like a, we take care of the desk like we guide some people to go down through the, like, ah rooms. 私の先生のエグチさんからこの会議のボランティアをしないかと訊かれたからです。 時間管理とビデオ撮影などが私たちの役目です。 目的の部屋に案内したりもします。
Sarah How are you planning to use English in the future? 将来、どのように英語を活用するつもりですか？
Ayumi I am interested in teaching English, also. But, ah, um, let’s see, I’m going to China next year, so try to search something, like, I can use third language, or something. 将来、英語教育に興味がありますが、来年中国へ行くので３カ国語目が使えるかリサーチしようと思います。
Sarah So you also speak Chinese? 中国語も話せるんですか？
Ayumi I … hopefully I will be able to. そうなると良いんですが・・・
Sarah Do you have any advice for people who are studying English? 英語を学習している人に何かアドバイスはありますか？
Ayumi I strongly recommend them to go overseas, somewhere, like English country. If it doesn’t help them to improve their English, they should have like a great experience. They see lot of, like, different views. Or they going to be a great person in the future, in the long run. 海外へ、英語圏へ行くことを強く勧めます。 英語の上達が望めなくても、素晴らしい経験が出来るでしょう。 様々な物の見方があるなど。 それに長い目で見れば将来、素晴らしい人間になれるかもしれません。