I’ve lived in NYC for 5 months now. I have noticed that my progress in English is improving. I went to the Grand Central Terminal on Thanksgiving Day. I didn’t know how to order the meals the last time I visited there; I didn’t know the basic daily English, like platter and combo, so I pointed to what I wanted to eat. Now, I can order meals without difficulty.
I’m reading some English books. I’ve never read unknown English books before. Before I came here, I only read books which I’ve already read in Japanese translation. Novels are difficult for me to read because I don’t have enough knowledge of the U.S. and I don’t know a variety of expressions in English. On the other hand, I can read technical books easily because I have knowledge about it and the expressions are limited compared to literatures. Now I’m learning WordPress, a blogging tool for websites, through an English book.
I have used English to survive here in NYC, but I have also noticed that my English has reached an advanced level; I would like to use English more properly. So I bought the grammar book, “English Grammar for DUMMIES”, now I can read an English grammar book in English! I don’t have to rely on English books that are written in Japanese. This is a big relief for me!