Happy March, everyone! Haven't we been fortunate having had such a mild winter, with no snow. Maybe not so great for all of you ski bunnies, but the warmer weather sure makes life more comfortable! I hope March doesn't surprise us all and dump a meter of snow on us – I've already changed my tires!
Since I'm in the business of teaching English, students and friends often ask me for advice on how to best improve or keep up their English skills. It's not an easy thing to do, as we all live in a world of Japanese language here in Shimane, but there are steps you can take to help yourself with these issues. If you can think of your English skills as comfortable, leather shoes (no, really!), and imagine what you have to do to take care of these comfortable, leather shoes, maybe this will give you some ideas about your English. First, you have to use it – you know what happens to shoes you never wear – they dry out, crack and fall apart. "Use it, or lose it!" Second, you have to polish your shoes on a regular basis to keep them nice and in good condition – same thing with English. You have to brush-up your skills on a regular basis, with classes, conversation, or study. Third, comfortable, leather shoes that have been taken care of can always be worn with confidence – English is the same. If you take good care of you English skills by using them, and regularly "polishing" them, you can use them with confidence. Happy walking!
Oregon Language School will soon be setting up the schedule for the new year starting in April, and Junko will be arranging the new classes and times. Please let her know if there are members of your family or any of your friends who are interested in a class at OLS – she will make sure they are placed in the best class for them.
Have a great month of March, and see you in class……….