Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Getting nervous.

I will go back to Japan within 3 weeks. The traveling day is coming. Many people ask me if I packed for the travel, but I don't have many things to pack. I have most of my clothes in my mothers house, I just brought here part of them when I moved here. So..., the things I pack is just one jeans, and underwear...., and some souvenior for my family and my friends. (My husband says "Take the rabbits too!" though)

I will have big packages when I come back. I already bought some Japanese fabrics on the Internet(They are stuck in my mother's house), I love Japanese foods, and need to bring many Japanese Manga (comic books), and souveniors for my friends here. I am surprised so many people loves Japanese Manga. I knew it's popular in the world, but I didn't expect this much popular. Unfortunately, the mangas are written in Japanese, so it's difficult for them to read, but at least they can enjoy with drawings. I used to love manga in my school days, so I really have lots and lots of them in my mother's house as I threw many of them away when I left there. Anyway..., books are heavy.... I will bring them as many as I can. I have met one lady who started to learn Japanese language because she wants to read Japanese manga! Her Japanese level is quite high. I want to have that power to learn English... wowowow....

My mind is shcatter everywhere to think what I have to do before I leave here. First of all, I have to make a to do list for my husband. He doesn't know how I take care of rabbits, where I shop for groceries, etc. Oh, we have to finish tax return just before I leave. I have to clean everywhere in my house, too.

Some of my friends told me to see each other, have lunch together before I leave. I will be very busy!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I can't speak (>_<)!!

Lately I am nervous about my English pronounciations. I knew my pronounciation is bad, but I didn't know what is wrong. I have been feeling English native speakers tongue, lips, teeth and throat works so busy. They must kiss each other very well.

Since my friend gave me some advices and corrections (Thanks!) about my "L" sound, I found my tongue is kept middle of the mouse most of the time to make Japanese sound. I thought Japanese L sound is the same as English L sound, but it rather close to R sound (It between L and R actually). So I really have to move my tongue back and forth to speak English. It slows me speaking down a lot, and something might be strange as well.

I read a book for children in voice to be checked by my tutor every week. I was doing that yesterday..., and it was hard for me to pay attention both of to follow English sentences and pronounciation. "L"!! and "S", "V".

It is like a nightmare when I speak a word "R" and "L" in it, like "really", "probably", "relative"... and so on. After I moved my tongue back of the mouth to make R sound, my tongue doesn't reach to back of my front teeth to make L sound before my mouth reach to pronounce L!! My tongue is dancing in my mouth and saying to me, "Unfortunately, I couldn't make it. Sorry." Wooo....

Anyway keep practice, I guess...