Completely Blank

Hi to you all out there in the land of all that is living, where some of us are surviving, thriving, giving and naturally taking while others are surviving, thriving and taking without naturally giving, for goodnesssake, if you’re going to take without giving then in my book that’s an unacceptable way of living, and you’re not entitled to a piece of my anthropist cake. “What on earth is […]

By |November 9th, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

In advance of being late

Hi to you all out there wherever you are or wherever you would like to be. I’m coming to you a bit early this week, which is a bit rare. I have quite a few things to do this week and tomorrow is a no-no blogging day for me. I’m usually rushing to get what I’m bashing away trying to put together now out by my […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Life is a four letter word

Hi everybody and welcome to my weekly blog. I hope you are all well and life is treating you as such. I’ve had a bit of a busy day today and I don’t have much in the way of thinking matter and finger fused tapping energy left in me, so the only thing I can just about manage is a short piece of something that I’m not […]

By |October 26th, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nowt means nothing by itself, but with summat it means something

Hello and welcome to another offering of my weekly blog. I hope you are all fighting fit and still kicking the part of the body that most of us tend to place onto a toilet seat and do what comes naturally, I suppose I could just say what I really want to say without beating around the proverbial bush, actually I will, kicking ass, there you go I […]

Writing to the clock

Hello and welcome to another weekly offering of all things I consider worthy of blogging about which these days tends to be either family related or based on some personal observation that I’ve made based on someone doing something or something just plain old happening in this wacky world that we all live in. This week I’m hitting you a bit earlier than usual as I have a […]

By |October 12th, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Workends lends itself to Fridays

Hello, Hi, Hey, Konnichiwa, Ciao, Appakabar, Zaoan and a host of other ways to begin a letter with a greeting that I have yet to learn, so for the ones reading this newsletter that I have left out, which could potentially be thousands of people, all I can say is Excuse me, Sorry, Soz, Sumimassen, Mi dispiace, Maaf, duìbùqǐ, anyway enough of that, how are you all?

Well, I […]

By |September 28th, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

リスニングにも視覚が必要

毎日、シャワーを浴びるように英語を聴けば、リスニング能力は伸びる。と良く言われています。
確かに、英語を聞くこと自体には慣れるでしょうが、
リスニング能力を向上させる効果を期待できるかは疑問があります。例えば、毎日、ネットなどでCNNニュースを見ていたとしましょう。でも、たとえ何年も見続けて、聞き取れない英語を漫然と聞いていても、自分が聞き取れない状況は変わることはありません。どうしても、耳に入る英語を文章として視覚化することで、初めて音と文字が一致して初めて英語が聞き取れるようになると言えるのではないでしょうか?そんな中で、スマートフォンで、ハリウッド映画やドキュメンタリー番組のセリフを目と耳で学習することができるソフト、「超字幕」は注目に値します。
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2009年の発売以来、普通のDVD英語教材にはない、使い勝手の良さと場所と時間を選ばない手軽さが受けて、爆発的ヒットとなっております。特に好きな映画だと、台詞を覚えたいという気持ちも沸くので、英語学習を越えた思い入れが一層効果を引き出しているようで、私自身も2010年以来、超字幕版の好きな俳優の映画作品を数本購入していますが、通勤時間等のスキマ時間にスマートフォンで鑑賞できて、英語と日本語同時字幕表示で見たり、英語字幕だけにしたり、字幕なしモードで繰り返し聴いたりできるほか、セリフの中の知らない単語も瞬時に調べられる機能も重宝しています。
「リスニングとは、聴くリーディングである」という指摘を以前、どこかの書籍で読んだことがありますが、英語を聴いて理解するためには、前提としてその英語を読んで理解できる力が必要です。その意味で、洋画の中の日常会話的短文であれば容易に読むことが出来ます。またリスニングはリーディングと違って、視覚的に残像として脳に残らないので、疑問に思う部分が生じても後戻り、つまり見直すこともできません。すなわちリスニングでも視覚的な仕掛けが学習上では必要になりますので、その点でも「超字幕」は理にかなっていると言えるでしょう。「英語学習の成功のカギは習慣化である」という指摘にも、肌身離さないスマートフォンであればそれは可能と反論できるでしょう。いまのところ、弱点の余地のない「超字幕」ですが、皆さんはどのようにして効果的なリスニングの訓練をしていますか?

Illegitimate Obligation

Hi to you all out there in parts of the world that I have and haven’t yet ventured to and I hope all is well with you. I would first of all like to thank the people that commented on the poem last week – one or two English teachers actually contacted my company by phone. My colleague who answered the phone ended up having two SHITIE […]

By |February 9th, 2012|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Shitie for shortie (It’s an abbreviation, it’s not meant as an evaluation)

Hi to all of you out there yet again. What a wreaker of a week it’s been, don’t worry I’m not going to start on a journey down toilet humour avenue, but seriously folks, for a whole number of reasons it’s been a week that I quickly want to forget. We all have such weeks,
that’s a fact, and we’ll continue to have them from time to time, we have […]

Wheeling forward into the past

Wheeling forward into the past

The passing stare that is wheeled onwards.
Slowed only by the glance of a time awoken.
On an aged, but pleasant face.

The gasp of not too many more breaths remaining and a flutter of the heart.
At the sight of a memory still prevailing.
I looked back and for a moment we were together as one.
In her time, my time, and in the time already thought of, lived in, […]

By |December 16th, 2011|Categories: Stephen's Corner|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment