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Thanks for the very first message of Year 2013. I'm also thankful that you said you'll read my blog posts which, quote, won't be posted so frequently. ;-)

Writing practice might be what most English learners tend to avoid. That is why we need to create opportunities to do it, like writing blog posts in English as you do in your own blog.

Let's keep learning in 2013, Ms. Secret. "Any number is a limit. Perfection doesn't have limits."

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Perfection doesn't have limits

There's only one day left for the year 2012. In terms of English learning, this year has been "Year of Speaking" for me. At the very end of 2011, I started taking Skype-based online English lessons, and since then, I've been talking with English tutors in the Philippines almost every day until early November. For the first six months, my focus was on pronunciation because it's always one of the major interests that I have for my English learning. Until around Golden Week holidays, Eric was the head teacher for me. He's a former pronunciation trainer for professional disc jockeys in the country, and was also an instructor for a pronunciation training sponsored by the government. He was very, very particular about mispronounced vowels, especially diphthongs. His feedback and comments were harsh sometimes, which I’m missing somehow. He always wanted me to sound spontaneous, not mechanical. It was not easy for me to speak spontaneously while paying careful attention to how I'd pronounce each word, but he required me to do so. After five-month intensive training, he finally gave me very positive feedback. In fact I didn't realize improvement of my pronunciation back then. It was only after I stopped taking his lessons that I noticed something has changed in my speaking. Among so many things I learned from Eric, the biggest enlightenment for me was that it takes much more time and effort to improve my pronunciation than expected, but what was invested would finally yield great results. The six months with Eric and subsequent months during which I focused on pronunciation were paid off to the extent that I now feel much more comfortable with the way I pronounce English words and phrases. It doesn't mean at all that I'm good or perfect. The most important thing for me here is that I've become better than before, like earlier this year.

As some of the visitors here may know, I kept writing a quick essay as Quick Write since June in 2011. The beauty of Quick Write hasn't lost its meaning to me, and to anybody, but I started thinking a little differently a while ago. When I started this writing exercise 18 months ago, I think I needed as many opportunities to write in English as possible, and to develop the habit of writing in English. The initial objectives were achieved, as I see it, and I'm ready to move on to the next phase. Looking back at the year 2011, it was “Year of Writing”. In December 2010, I started this blog "Learning by Teaching". A few weeks after its launch, I wrote my very first bog post in English, and got fascinated. Nothing gave more pleasure than writing in English, and made me want to be a better writer. Then I thought; to be any better writer you need exercise. Then sometime later that moment, I came up with an idea to write every day for 10-15 minutes. Supported by my English learning friends, I kept Quick Writing for more than a year and produced 375 QW posts. I planned to continue QWing until I've written 1000 pieces, but I don't know. Now I'm more leaning toward to refining the quality and content of what I'd write, not much of the quantity and the act of writing for its own sake. It might be true that publishing my first book has changed my perspectives on writing in general. In publication a writer is responsible for everything that he or she has written. The writer can be wrong or misunderstood, but at least he or she has to make sure that every word, every sentence, every passage in the publication represents he or she really intended. The writer needs to scrutinize, scrutinize, and scrutinize what he or she drafted out to convey their messages that are to be delivered. This whole deliberate process of book writing has diverted my focus of English writing practice from its quantity and habit and shifted it to its quality and content. I love writing in English nonetheless because it has already become part of me, but I'll no longer write so frequently like I used to do.

Then why not talk about the year of 2013? I'm not very sure about my English learning focus for the next year yet. Now I’m wondering if I should go back to the basics; reading and listening. I mean I need to do more of "reading to write, and listening to speak". It may sound banal and boring to the visitors here, so I apologize to you all in advance. I'm aware that I'm an output-oriented person: I want to speak and write regardless of the language medium. The thing is, if you really want to improve and enhance the quality of your output, not just for self-congratulatory purposes, you'll need to input what you'd consider has high quality, and thus makes you want to emulate. I don't know what I'll be doing intensively for the next year really, but it's obvious that I need to have more input to improve my output, definitely.



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Aya

Thanks for the very first message of Year 2013. I'm also thankful that you said you'll read my blog posts which, quote, won't be posted so frequently. ;-)

Writing practice might be what most English learners tend to avoid. That is why we need to create opportunities to do it, like writing blog posts in English as you do in your own blog.

Let's keep learning in 2013, Ms. Secret. "Any number is a limit. Perfection doesn't have limits."

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