My used-to-be-peaceful daily life has being heavily affected by the scheduled rolling blackout over the past week, casting dark shadows on my pure, sensitive, and fragile mind (Who's laughing here?!). But it's time to cheer myself up through resuming routines that I used to do until 3.11. One of my not "daily" but "seasonal" routine is to attend seminars for English language learning. Taking advantage of unexpectedly given time at my disposal, I attended two seminars over the weekend at the thought of going out and seeing familiar faces rather than being sheltered at home and doing nothing. Reminder; I'm a hardcore homebody (Check this Leave or Stay?), so I usually have no problem in being locked up at home all day as long as the Internet connection is secured. Oh, what vicious blackout...
Scorpions "Blackout" The guitarist that I fell in love with for the first time was Michael Schenker, a brother of Rudolf Schenker, the guitarist of Scorpions.
At both seminars, I was reunited with an English language learner who I first got acquainted with several months ago. I knew that she's a motivated learner and has been working diligently to gain more than 900 on TOEIC. She also makes a good company to chat over drinks although last night she remained sober all the way gracefully smiling, whereas I consumed two jugs of beer ;-) . As a conversation going on, I learned that she is in a very fortunate environment in terms of English language learning. The organization that she works for is providing employees with abundant access to English lessons and training which sound very helpful and effective considering the nature of their job responsibilities. There are prerequisites to sign up for certain classes, most of which are their most recent TOEIC scores, such as 730, 800, 900. Then I couldn't help saying "Wow, you're so lucky. (Interpretation; I'm jealous!)" Being a self-employed worker, I have never given opportunities to take English lessons or training as fringe benefits offered by an employer. If I ever have training, it should be teachers' training at my workplaces and I'm full aware of the importance and necessity thereof. I'm not complaining or anything here.
Some of you may wonder, "Hey, you're a professional English teacher. You don't need any more English lessons or training." I admit that it's a legitimate argument with others, but it's not the case with me. Given that I'm an employer of myself with a responsibility for training its "employee", I need to educate myself by all means. Luckily, there are a wealth of opportunities and materials to self-study English here and there. I like the saying "What you give is what you get". I first learned the phrase from a tune in the album "Invasion of Your Privacy (RATT)". I'll write about how the band positively (not negatively, I believe!) influenced my English language learning path. The passion, devotion, and enthusiasm towards English langauge learning that the band implanted deep inside of me still lingers. More on this stuff later!
RATT "Invasion of Your Privacy" Robin Crosby, is my second iconic guitarist during my high-teens. He passed away in 2002. R.I.P.