Lived in NYC

Well, been a while since I posted a piece here last. I have been so hectic. When I created this site, I was into biking. I was more interested in the culture of my own country a tad more than that of the U.S.

Then many things happened like I lived over half a century, I had a major sickness and I have now recuperated completely but seeing the vulnerability, and maybe the mortality of humans including myself, got me thinking a lot.

Now what’s my life about? Ever since I watched Sesame Street for the first time when I was 5 years old, I have been mesmerized, captivated and enchanted by American English sound and American culture. I was not a kid who liked to study but I studied or learned English hard. I went to the University to learn it more and then I live by teaching it. But I still love English.

I took the vocabulary test for native speakers of English and I was able to score more than the average American adults. I read (read 70 paperbacks in English two years ago, write (like this), listen (I always listen to CBS 880 (NYC radio) and watch Netflix, HBO and Hull (US version)), talk and even think in English.

Then last year, to get CELTA (a certificate by Cambridge University to teach adults English as a foreign language), I went to NYC and lived there for about 6 weeks. It was another amazing experience! I get this. There are so many problems in the U.S. But still it has some charms. I love NYC, the best of all the cities in the world. (And I lived in upper west, like 100th / Central Park West and I loved my neighborhood! I will definitely choose the place if I live there again!)

And I still ride a bike. I rented a bike and rode in Central Park, too. That was amazing.

Anyway, I sort of feel like starting to write again. Well, I am not sure how much I can keep up this promise and it might pan out bad but at least I will give myself a shot. 🙂

 

My neighborhood and the view of my neighborhood from the other side (east) of the Reservoir in Central Park!

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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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