Every night, while walking back home, I practice speaking English. It sounds weird to speak English alone at night, but I usually do it, of course after making sure there is no one around me who can hear me doing this practice.
I want to get a better pronunciation, and, particularly, I check how well I speak English with a deep, throaty voice.
I did it last night, too.
And, in the course of practice, I got a fantastic idea, which gave me a paradigm shift, vis-a-vis practice and use of English.
While practicing pronunciation, I wondered why I did this; there is little opportunity to speak English in Japan because the Japanese language dominates everyday life of mine, and I can do without English in this country. So I often feel it is a waste of time to practice English.
But last night, I got a completely different idea. Because I have little opportunity to speak English, I practice it.
How fascinating it is! I was impressed by the idea.
If I have a lot of chances to speak English, say, if I'm in the USA, I won't practice English anymore because I will be busy using it rather than practicing.
Considering Japanese, this is obvious. I don't try to develop Japanese skills because I have a plenty of opportunity to speak Japanese. Instead, I use Japanese as a means of communication.
This idea brought me two things. First, I came to have a positive attitude toward practicing English. It is not a waste of time, but I take advantage of disadvantage in use of English.
Secondly, I decided more to use English rather than to practice it. English is a means of communication, so it doesn't matter if I make mistakes. Nobody cares my mistakes but me.
That's why I'm writing this essay in English.
Thank you for reading. Have a good day!