Jan 13, 2011

英語ネイティブの世界に出てみようか

It's been about two years since I first tried to mingle with some people online in the community which English speaking people are dominant. At that time I felt my English fluency is way too weak to join the actively moving forums and discuss things with the members. It was just impossible to follow even the main thread, and I came to a conclusion that I've got to find some other place where I won't be agonized with the lack of fluency of my English.

Luckily, I ran into another community soon where many people from all over the world flock together and talking enthusiastically in English, which, in many cases, is not their mother tongue. The English used there varies a lot and really colorful with the scent of diverse cultures. Should you look at some of the writings with critical mind, then you soon come to realize their writings are not grammatically correct. But it's just a minor thing as long as you can let others know how you feel or what you think about the topic.

I've been in this community for about two years now and I have several friends who kindly give me comments from time to time. It's been really great opportunities for me to practice reading and writing natural English.

Then I started to think if it's the high time to push myself into the community mainly for native English speakers. As you might know by now, I'm such kind of a person who won't hesitate to tackle with a new thing whenever I have a chance and try to find a way to enjoy the challenge as much as I can.

And, today was the day! My challenge turned out to be a successful one thanks to this kind person responded to my introduction message. Here is the exchanges I've done with he/she in the community I joined today. Of course I was nervous at first if my message should sound right there and be welcomed by the members, but I can tell now, if you're careful enough to use polite language, you'll likely have warm messages from the people who share the same interests with you.
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me: Hi, everyone. I'm ・・・・・chan from Tokyo, Japan. I'm a native speaker of Japanese. I heard (name of the community) are mainly for people in US, but I hope I can enjoy new things with all of you. Thank you!

member: Hi, ・・・・・chan! Welcome to the group:) Tokyo, haven't been there.

me: Thanks for the welcome message! I'm overwhelmed right now with so many interesting things to check. nice day! ARIGATOU!

member: Don't worry you'll manage it soon enough. I've only been here 7 months myself. It seems overwhelming at first but before you know it you figure out where you fit:)
Have fun!
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See? It's not that difficult. All you need is the spirit of challenge and a bit of boldness, I think.
Before you worry too much, find a community good for you and have a try, then naturally your way to go will be stretched father ahead!

というわけで、新コミュニティで挨拶コメント書いたら、お返事もらえた。うれしい。
何のコミュだって? それはナ・イ・ショ。

6 comments:

sloppie said...

Hi,emmie, congratulations!
That's why you're called 機関車. Are you Thomas or Chugginton?

For me, it is really tough to step into a new world. And after I read your blog, I suddenly knew it the very person who put the break on me is myself.
Ouch.

Tadoku beginners, including me, are lucky to know some veteran tadokists are soaring higher freely with English.

Clarissa (Readable Blog/Talk to the Clouds) said...

*applause* Go you! I think it'll be a long time until I can join a Japanese-speaking community. I've tried a couple of times on Mixi but my level is just too low!

I've recommended the English forums at jdorama.com and d-addicts.com to a few people, because their userbase is really international--like you said, there are some usage errors, but it really doesn't matter. :) It could be a fun place to discuss things.

Hidy said...

Good morning, emmie-san. You always inspire me. I've already written three entries on lang-8 though it takes a long time to finish writing. I have more than ten friends now.

Thanks to this site, thanks to you, I really enjoy learning English. It is no longer "study". But the more I write, the more new words and phrases I want to learn. I mean I become "hungry", so I want to read books more.

We're always afraid of something new, but if we step forward, we could see a wonderful and exciting world.

P.S. I'm surprised soooo many foreigners are interested in Japanese anime, manga culture.

Mrs. Malone said...

Hi Sloppie-san,

From the next time, you can call me Kikansha Yaemon, it's from a classic picture book I read aloud when my children were small.

When Yaemon was in his high days, he worked hard and carried many people from one town to another. But as he gets older, people started to be fascinated with other newly introduced trains and forgot about Yaemon. Then one day, Yaemon tried to show off that he's still in fit to work, and ran through rice fields vigorously. Along the way, he sprinkled many fire sparks and some of them landed on a haystack and set fire on it. People got very angry with his careless act and he was scolded a lot...

Don't you think the story reminds of me a bit...

Anyway, I'm glad I'm not the only one to go on a new adventure with English.^^

Mrs. Malone said...

Hi Clarissa,
I'm so happy to receive an applause from you. I would go over the moon~ ;-)
Since I work as a teacher of English sometimes, I came to know quite a number of Japanese English teachers by now, but much to my surprise, the number of teachers who've ever experienced those international online communities or forums is close to nil. I just don't understand why they don't try to utilize their English to mingle with others. English is such a powerful tool to communicate with people from diverse culture and nations.

It's not an easy thing to get along with people in English, but I'll learn a lot from my experiences in forums. For example, I now know having vast knowledge of English grammar won't likely secure you to survive in an international society. You've got to get used to the manner and behave properly in communities.
I'd like to take as much challenge as possible and show people how much you can expand your possibilities with English.

BTW, do you know which SNS is the best for bookworms to be friends with people from all over the world? I know goodreads and libralything, but are there any other popular SNS?

Mrs. Malone said...

Hi Hidy-san!
yeah, every aspect of language abilities, reading, listening, speaking and writing, are all intertwined, so enhancing one ability will have an influence on others.

I think when you start to write something in English routinely, your way of reading books might change a bit, and one day you'll be surprised to know that some of the words appear often in books inevitably grab your mind, and before long, you'll start to use the very words in your writing. That's the ideal way to expand our vocabulary, I believe.

Do you use the same name in lang8. I've not been there lately, but it'll be fun to spy you there!
Happy writing to Hidy-san!