I enjoyed writing in Korean, my first language. I often wrote posts on blog or twitter about what happen to me. However, I used to lose confidence when I wrote in English. I was afraid of using wrong words or phrases, especially when I was doing English writing assignments. I always wondered if I did writing correctly or which words or phrases I should use, making me feel tired of writing.
In high school, I hardly got a chance to write in English. In my English class, I was forced to learn English grammar and memorize English words and phrases. I just wrote once for a home assignment, but it was very, very frustrating. When I went on to university, I got many chances to write for classes. As home assignments, I wrote some essays like what was going around me or what was my goal in my life. I used to point out my faults when I used some awkward expressions or when I made grammatical mistakes.
A year ago, I went to Nashville for studying country music. In Nashville, I rarely met any Asian people, so I used only English to speak or write. I made a lot of musician friends. Some of the friends texted every night and I enjoyed texting with them. I also used to write some posts on an online music community, Gearsultz. Living there for a half of the last year, I had a lot of opportunity to express myself in English. It was amazing that I never felt any fear of writing in English. It was because, I thought, they understood me even though I made some grammatical mistakes or some wrong word choices. It made me feel much better to express myself in English. It was a real lesson on a very far away country.
Interesting that you went abroad to study music.ReplyDelete
That must have been quite an experience.
You have both terrible and terrific experiences about English writing! That's great!ReplyDelete