Social Language Learning Part1 Lang-8

Have you noticed something different with my posts recently?   To tell the truth, I have published the posts after getting corrections by natives.    In February,  I was motivated by Yumi’s blog and decided to study English.   She is a porcelain artist and studying English on the internet to fulfill her dream.    It is boring for me to study English by using a textbook.   I thought if there were any social websites for studying English, I might be able to continue learning.   Then I searched for language learning sites.  After all, I created nearly 10 accounts.  Wow!

Out of them all, my most favorite is Lang-8 since it provides specialized services for writing.    After submitting your journals in almost any language, some other users kindly correct them for free.  (they are not always corrected though)    Of course, you can also make friends, leave comments and send messages.   As I wanted to do something for my English which has many grammatical mistakes, Lang-8 is just what I needed.   The corrections by native speakers help me learn a lot about English grammar.    Also, it’s just fun to correct foreigners’ Japanese journals.  Please refer to  http://lang-8.com/happyuan/correction_logs/sent   I feel like I have become a teacher. lol

Surprisingly, a young Japanese man, Ki Yoyo 喜洋洋 started up this site when he was 23 back in 2007.   He is amazing.   The site he created helps a lot of people all over the world.  Please read the  article.

Incidentally,  喜羊羊 is a name of famous anime character in China.  Both have the same pronunciation”xi yang yang”in Chinese.  The sound seems to have a happy and hilarious image in China.  Referent: http://bitex-cn.com/teaching_materials/126/show10112301.html

喜羊羊

The next posting will be about another favorite site.

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What Day Is It Today?

What day is it today?

Today is my birthday.   Happy Birthday!  Thank you! (double role)

And today is the Investment Day in Japan.  That’s why I like investment?

And today is the anniversary of my favorite singer, Janis Joplin’s death.   I’m glad I have things in common with her.  I believe she lives happily, singing blues in heaven.

And today, I created Happyuan Facebook page.   Hooray!   l upload my selected photos from Pinterest, which I wrote about before.    https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/i-started-pinterest/  I’ve already uploaded several photos.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happyuan/476873692331627

This page is community site.  Please feel free to post, leave comments and write to me if you have any feedback.   I would appreciate it if you would give a like to the page.

In addition I started Twitter yesterday!    https://twitter.com/happyuanblog    I don’t really know about Twitter yet.

Am I addicted to social networking services?

I Started “Pinterest”

I opened my account at “Pinterest”  Photo sharing service.

http://pinterest.com/

Pinterest began in the United States, so I suppose many Americans have already known it.   But it’s not popular in Japan yet.   It seems that users are mainly women.  It’s very easy to use the sites.   It doesn’t need English skill much.  (good to me^^)   It’s very nice to be able to share Pinterest’s photos with Facebook friends.  Maybe with Twitter too.   I’m not belong to Twitter yet…  In the beginning I thought what was interesting???   But I found it interesting  in browsing through.   I search for nice photos for my collection every day.  What a waste of time!   I also want to upload my photo works some day.  I heard that Japanese on-line shopping company “Rakuten” invested in Pinterest.  Good decision!

http://global.rakuten.com/en/

Social networking services are now very popular throughout the world.  Recently, there seems to be voice posting service too.  But it’s not easy to monetize those services.   Pinterest for free,  this blog for free  internet for free.  What a good age we live in.   According to the newspaper,  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “we don’t provide the service to make money.  we want the social bond of people to  strengthen”   Investors may feel at a loss.  Stock became half price of the first listing.

http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/fb/stock-chart

I think people in this modern era seek for spiritual relationship rather than material wealth.  After people are filled with a certain amount of material thing, do they desire for spiritual relationship with people having similar taste on the net?   Not only family and community but friends on the net …   By the way, how do American make so many Facebook friends?  hundreds, thousands friends…

I spend time for  SNS,  even not bringing money.  Especially it takes time to write this blog, translating with a dictionary(This blog is English version of my original one. Look at the personal link)  Why am I doing  these?   I feel the unique world on the internet.  I feel the warmth of people I meet there.    It’s very interesting and it’s fun.   Thank you for reading my blog(*^.^*)   An accounting teacher said only what is written down means existence.   No record means non-existence.   I ‘d like to leave something by writing this blog while I’m alive.