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(Not) Learning English

(Not) Learning English

Masafumi Okura

May 19, 2023

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  1. (Not) Learning English -
    overcoming fear
    BaySide Tech Nite
    OKURA Masafumi, 2023-05-19

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  2. Me
    • Name: OKURA Masafumi

    • Work: Freelance web developer (Ruby/Rails)

    • Activities: The creator of Alba gem, the chief organizer of Kaigi on
    Rails, a LT speaker of RubyKaigi 2023

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  3. #kaigieffect

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  5. I’ve not
    • lived abroad

    • worked abroad

    • used English in my day job

    • spent any money on Eikaiwa school

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  6. I haven’t “learnt”

    English for a

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  7. Why?

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  8. Mimic

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  9. I just mimicked other people
    • I mimicked the pronunciation of native speakers with English
    program from NHK

    • I mimicked some useful phrases from GitHub users

    • I mimicked tempo and rhythm in real conversations

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  10. What things

    have I learnt?

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  11. Grammar



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  12. Why do I have to learn grammar and vocabulary
    • Because it’s too fundamental

    • In real conversations, they must bubble up in milliseconds

    • If you talk with completely broken grammar, it’s hard for them to
    follow and understand

    • High school level is just enough, no worries about dif
    cult grammars
    and vocabularies that only appears in newspapers and novels

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  14. Don’t care about


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  15. Japanese-
    English is

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  16. The most
    important thing

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  17. Overcoming fear

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  18. Just talk to them
    • Rubyists are nice

    • Rubyists don’t laugh at your English

    • Rubyists patiently listen to you

    • Rubyists might speak to you slowly

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  19. Recommendations
    • Make Rubyist friends (#rubyfriends)

    • Find opportunities to talk with them

    • Get some feedback

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  20. Thank you,


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