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J

When you're watching something you watched before and all of sudden you realize you become able to tell every single word in a passage, the most of which were previously uncatchable. If you can call it one of those breakthrough moments, I say "yes, I have." By the way that was back then when there was no internet or dvd, though.

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09:06

Aya

I agree that the listening skill is one of the few areas that provide us with some kind of "leap". It gives me a small sense of content to realize that I can catch much more of, or even the most of what used to be uncatchable when I tried hard in my school days, such as interviews of my favorite musicians, lyrics of my favorite songs, and sequences of my favorite movies. True, there was neither Internet nor DVD back then, but it never was a problem for us who were eager to learn English by all means.

Thanks as always for offering astute and diverse perspectives of yours, J.

05

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10:40

J

No Internet, no DVDs; thus no scripts, no lyrics. That might be it, Aya.

I watched the same sitcom/drama episode over and over trying to figure out what they say but couldn't, and then six months or a year later every single word they utter came out so clear that I didn't even have to think anything or in anything to figure out what they mean. Besides, it usually took a while to realize that in fact I'd had no clue in the previous attempts. Probably that feeling has been one of those things that get me going.

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19:11

Aya

> and then six months or a year later every single word they utter came out so clear
At the same time, I cannot help wondering how devoted you'd been to English language learning during those months.

> Probably that feeling has been one of those things that get me going.
I know how it feels like and keeps us going further ahead. We might be seeking that kind of culmination in the course of painful, lonesome, and perilous English language learning. I really love the words in your recent blog post, quote, "I am a learner, forever a student of English.", which makes me courageous whenever I read them aloud. Thanks for the gem, J.

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20:12

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No such "Breakthrough"

According to my reliable as well as economical (i.e. free of charge) English language learning tutor Merriam-Webster Online , “Breakthrough” is defined as 1): an offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line in warfare, 2): an act or instance of breaking through an obstacle as in “a breakthrough agreement”, 3) a: a sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique as in “a medical breakthrough”, 3) b: a person's first notable success as in “a breakthrough novel”. The definition 1) sounds very cool to me containing lots of my favorite words such as offensive, thrusts, penetrates, beyond, and defensive (I don’t know why!), which unfortunately is quite irrelevant to and out of context of what I’d like to argue today. Instead, I’m focusing on the definition 3) “a sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique” in the course of English language learning. Here’s my question to all the visitors here. Have you ever experienced a sudden but huge progress in your English skills? Have you ever realized the time or occasion that your English proficiency has been greatly improved? Have you recognized the moment at which so-called “breakthrough” was happening to your English language learning life? My answer is No, No, and No.

Some might say that they realized the breakthrough in English language learning while preparing for admission to an acclaimed university, or studying for 5 to 6 hours to gain better scores on TOEIC, or writing weekly summary papers and essays in an oversea college, or working at a branch in an English speaking country, or participating in a on-the-job-training abroad. I have no reservation to admit that each of those statements is fair and legitimate. As far as my own English language learning is concerned, I am very much convinced that there was, is, will be NO such breakthrough. Honestly, I have never experienced a sudden but huge progress in my English skills, nor have I ever realized the time or occasion that my English proficiency has been greatly improved, nor have I recognized the moment at which a breakthrough was happening to my English language learning life. What happened to me as an English language learner has never been something extraordinary, or totally magnificent as “breakthrough”. It might be more precise or honest to describe in this way: I've been trying to break the Great Wall of English Language Learning towering proudly in front of me, but have never broken it through, the situation of which satisfies me so much, and even makes me consider myself quite fortunate to have something that requires my sincere, sedulous, life-long commitment.

STEP 1st grade, Official Tour Guide License, consecutive TOEIC 990, and other English proficiency tests haven’t given me the true sense of achievement. Being able to hold hot, interactive discussions with native speakers of English at grad school and giving a 40 minute presentation and leading a subsequent Q & A session haven’t given me the true sense of attainment. Writing academic papers in English and having them published as a working paper haven’t convinced me that I’m a good writer of English. Chatting and making silly jokes over a glass of beer with my English speaking peers and answering their questions regarding something typically Japanese haven’t assured me that I’m a fluent speaker of English. Am I just greedy or what? Do I expect too much from myself? Should I settle at any common ground? Oh, well, any of them isn’t really my thing. One thing for sure is the fact that I'm making whatsoever progress in my English language learning. Looking back at the times when I started my career as an English teacher, I’m simply amazed, no offence, at what I’m able to pull off as an English user now. That said, it hasn’t obtained overnight. It has nothing to do with something miraculous called “breakthrough”. It is something more like a very thin thread that has been constantly spun into any thicker string which awaits to be woven into a solid cloth in the course of English language learning that I’ve devoted myself to. I have no idea of what the cloth that I’ve been weaving is going to be like. I’m just happy to have something that I’m willing to do for my own good.

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J

When you're watching something you watched before and all of sudden you realize you become able to tell every single word in a passage, the most of which were previously uncatchable. If you can call it one of those breakthrough moments, I say "yes, I have." By the way that was back then when there was no internet or dvd, though.

05

07

09:06

Aya

I agree that the listening skill is one of the few areas that provide us with some kind of "leap". It gives me a small sense of content to realize that I can catch much more of, or even the most of what used to be uncatchable when I tried hard in my school days, such as interviews of my favorite musicians, lyrics of my favorite songs, and sequences of my favorite movies. True, there was neither Internet nor DVD back then, but it never was a problem for us who were eager to learn English by all means.

Thanks as always for offering astute and diverse perspectives of yours, J.

05

07

10:40

J

No Internet, no DVDs; thus no scripts, no lyrics. That might be it, Aya.

I watched the same sitcom/drama episode over and over trying to figure out what they say but couldn't, and then six months or a year later every single word they utter came out so clear that I didn't even have to think anything or in anything to figure out what they mean. Besides, it usually took a while to realize that in fact I'd had no clue in the previous attempts. Probably that feeling has been one of those things that get me going.

05

07

19:11

Aya

> and then six months or a year later every single word they utter came out so clear
At the same time, I cannot help wondering how devoted you'd been to English language learning during those months.

> Probably that feeling has been one of those things that get me going.
I know how it feels like and keeps us going further ahead. We might be seeking that kind of culmination in the course of painful, lonesome, and perilous English language learning. I really love the words in your recent blog post, quote, "I am a learner, forever a student of English.", which makes me courageous whenever I read them aloud. Thanks for the gem, J.

05

07

20:12

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