Now I have to write something about my biking.

Before last summer, I rode my road bike like a mad man. I rode 1500 km a month. I sometimes rode 320 km a day.

As I said, I did not lose interest in biking or anything. The visit to the US in last summer was a game changer. I mean I realized that I love English so much that I want to study hard to be able to use it (not just speaking but writing, reading and everything) as well as the native speakers of English.

So I kind of stopped studying hard about 10 years ago and after that I spent most of my free time biking (before that I learned Japanese old swordsmanship) but I started working on my English. Well I am a guy with a family to feed so I don’t have time to spend both on biking and studying English. So I spend more time on studying (or totally 100 % on studying).

Maybe during summer vacation, when I have a whole day to myself, I will go for a long ride this year but until I feel I have achieved something, I want to concentrate on my study.

For the last 8 months I have worked on my English, I learned 3000 new words by heart (I know about 15000 English words, I think) and read 10 books, have kept watching at least 2 hours of News (Today and Nightly News) and dramas (Burn Notice, Nikita, Legend of the Seeker and Saturday Night Live mainly) in English without Japanese caption (I mostly understand those in English so I didn’t use them anyway. Plus I basically buy region 1 DVD so most of my DVD’s do not have Japanese on it. These days I watch those dramas on HULU, though).

Now, where will I go? I just can’t do it just like that because I have my responsibility for my family but after my kids finish education, I would like to live in the States at least for a year (my wife is a quintessential Japanese and do not speak English so maybe I have to live alone in US…well, I love English and US that much). Anyway I’m not gonna die without living in NYC at least for a year.

Anyway, therefore, I am mainly working on my stationary bike except for some days I might have an extra time for a ride. By the way, at least I am commuting on my mountain and road bike everyday to my work. Sometimes I make a detour and ride about 10 to 20 km.

写真(4-7-13 10.13 AM)

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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