Wednesday is mistake day on The Daily English Show and today I’d like to tell you about an experiment I’m doing this month. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and I finally decided that yes, this is the month I’m going to do it – June 2009.
And I’m asking people – people who can understand Japanese obviously – to leave a comment pointing out a mistake or two that I make. And the point is to see how much my Japanese will improve in a month just by doing that, just by making the video every day and by reading the comments.
It will be interesting to see because I’m not doing any other Japanese study at the moment – I haven’t done for a while. And the videos won’t be scripted at all - I’ll just think of a topic and ramble on about it for two minutes. So it won’t be very interesting, but that’s not the point. And my Japanese isn’t very good. It’s always full of mistakes. I mean, I can communicate basic ideas and I can attempt to communicate more complex ideas, but I never sound very good. So I have a lot of room to improve.
And as I said the point of the experiment is to see how much my Japanese improves. Because I think, and you probably know, and everybody always says that making mistakes is a great way to learn.
So I’ll be doing this for a month, until the 30th of June. And at the end of the month I’ll report back and tell you how it went, much my Japanese improved and what I learnt and whether or not I recommend it as something to do to improve your English.
This is another really fun site to play with words. You can copy some text into a box and then you just click go and it makes what they call a word cloud. And then you can play around with the fonts and colours if you like.
The Kea is a kind of parrot that lives in the South Island of New Zealand. The Kea is famous for being intelligent and curious. According to Wikipedia, their curiosity leads them to peck and carry away unguarded items of clothing, or to pry apart rubber parts of cars - to the entertainment and annoyance of human observers. Last week a Kea stole a Scottish man’s passport which was in a courier bag on a bus. According to Stuff.co.nz police have identified the thief but will not pursue an arrest or attempt to recover the document.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday 3rd June. Kia ora.
to spoil sth, for example a poem or a piece of music, by saying it wrongly or playing it badly
I saw this word used in a comedy video called Don’t Stop Your Screaming. It is a parody of the 1981 song Don’t Stop Believing. It’s about people drunkenly and badly singing karaoke in a bar.
(From 2:08) some will sing, some will booze but none of them will have a clue that you're mangling the words and notes of this song
conversations with sarah
Yeah, that was a surprise.
Jane I can’t believe Susan Boyle didn’t win. スーザン・ボイルが優勝できなかったのが信じられない。
Sarah Yeah, that was a surprise. うん、私も驚いた。
Jane How did they decide the winner? どんな決め方をしたんだろう？
Sarah I think it was by public vote. 一般からの投票だったと思う。
Jane People voted by calling in? 電話投票？
Sarah Yeah, or maybe online. I don’t know. うん、それかオンラインだと思う。 よく分からないけど。
Jane So the public didn’t like her as much as the dance group. と言うことは、一般人は彼女よりあのダンス・グループの方が良いと選んだ訳だ。
Sarah Yeah, I guess so. Or maybe they just got sick of all the attention that Susan Boyle was getting. そうだと思う。 それかスーザン・ボイルが騒がれすぎて飽きちゃったかも知れない。
サラのメモ： Today I tell you about my new language learning experiment. If you're a Japanese speaker, I'd really appreciate it if you helped me out! And if you don't understand Japanese ... maybe you'll still enjoy watching me ramble on for a few minutes looking uncomfortable because I can't find the right words! Well, if nothing else, I'm sure I'll gain some confidence in speaking Japanese after doing this for a month :)