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【English Writing トレーニング Day 1】My Three Themes For 2019

英語でライティングを頑張るぞー!というのが今年の一つの目標です。ライティングといっても「どんなライティングを練習したいのか?」によって、トレーニングの方法は違うとは思いますが、とにかく、書く!まずは書く!ジャンルは気にせず書く!を合言葉にしばらく、エッセイだか日記だか分からんものとか、TOEFLなんかのライティングのようなアカデミックなものとか、語数も気にせず書いていこうと思います。多分半年くらい経ったらやっと「ライティングはこんなところが難しい」とか「こういうトレーニングが良い」とか語れるようになると思いますが、最初は多分、ただ書きなぐるだけになると思う(笑)。でも、それがまずは第一歩。英語で文を書く事を体感していこうと思います。

 

今日のテーマは 

「2019年の私の3つのテーマ」

ではいってみよう!

 

My Three Themes For 2019

 

Happy 2019! A new year dawned! What will the new year be like? What do I want to make happen ? Everyone's heart leaps, more or less, with expectations at the beginning of the year. My heart, like the rest of course,  got excited on New Year's Day and started to look around for goals I want to achieve.

While wondering about My Resolution For 2019, however, I found a phrase in the dictionary. It says,

" New Year's resolutions can be a source of stress if you think you have to live up to them for an entire year."

Hmmm...well... so true. Just relax. Let's choose some fuzzy-ish key-word-like-themes for the coming year and live with them instead of living up to them. 

Here are three themes I chose  for 2019

 

Be attentive

Being attentive to others is important to lead a harmonious life. I know I am not a good team player in society, but that's the very reason why I want to be attentive to Being Attentive to people around me. I do not think it is necessary to be fully involved in social life, but I want to keep in mind the fact that "Humans are social animals".

Also I want to be very attentive to what's happening in me as well. "Listen carefully to my body". I should be quick to realize my health condition and take appropriate + swift action accordingly.

Paying close attention to world issues is also included in this theme. I want to stretch an antenna by reading and listening to news and understand what is happening around the world since whatever happens on earth will, without doubt, affect us eventually. 

 

Deepen English skills

2018 was the year of "English" for me. I studied grammar a lot more deeply than ever before to give my students clear, concise, easy-to-understand explanation on grammar. That was a good opportunity for me to review English Grammar from an English beginner's standpoint. Teaching is Studying! 

I studied English intensely for myself too, setting a target score for TOEIC. It was quite challenging and I am very proud that I accomplished such a demanding task!

I set a new goal for this year. I dedicated myself to improving my reading and listening skills last year, so "Develop writing and speaking skills" this year! I am planning to write as many  essays, journals, academic writings as possible. I am looking forward to seeing where this training takes me.

 

Move

I am a super indoor person. I can stay in the house for a long long time, sitting at a desk and doing what I like to do such as reading, writing and studying. Workout and jogging have been in my to do list for years. Yes it is high time to take action to turn them into reality. I will move my body more often and build my physical strength. In actual fact this is the key factor to lead a happy life.

I also want to experience things that move my soul. Being in somewhere stimulating, we can cultivate our creative mind. Moving "body and soul" will definitely enrich my 2019.

(525 words)

 

 トレーニングDay1終了!

ドエライ時間がかかりました。どんな文体で書くのか?そして、その文体にあった適切な単語のチョイスが非常に難しかったです。よくライティングのテキストに「難しく書けば良いってもんじゃない」とあるけれど、なるほど、そうですね、と思いました。今回のような軽いテーマに、まどろっこしい文はそぐわない。でも、同じような構文ばっかり使って長々と書いたらしょうもなくなっちゃう。ナイスなライティングへの道は遠いです。

読んでくださった皆さんの中で、ライティングの練習したいな~という方がいましたら、ぜひ一緒にトレーニングしましょう。仲間がいた方が頑張れそうですから! 私もやるよー!とお声かけ下さい。サイトにお邪魔したり、こちらで紹介させてもらったりしたいと思っています。目標は今年100個だけど、50でも良いし、月に1つでも、一個でも多く書けたらそれで良し!と思っています。ぜひご一緒に~!