Saturday, October 26, 2013

Obsessed with Language Learning

What would you do when your child can write better than you can?

K-kun has been writing a fantasy novel right now. He is really into it. His goal is write 80 pages by Christmas. He showed it to me the other day. It was only 3-4 pages (mind you, it's bigger font) but it was pretty good!!

I thought my English writing has been getting better, but this was another realization that I have a long way to go. Similar thing happened when I brought home library books I thought K-kun might enjoy. He looked at the title and said; "Yup, I read it already. You should read it." Whaat?? Who is the parent here??

Miniature origami books I made (originally) for K-kun.
I took the challenge, and the next time when I was sitting in the hospital waiting room with my other son, I started reading. Indeed, it was a wonderful read. The vocabulary was rich; so I thought. So after an hour and half of reading it, I gave it to T-kun, "here you should read it too." (Well, we were at the hospital for long hours that day.) Then I watched him read. I have to say I was pretty disappointed then, that he almost caught up to me only after 30 minutes! I asked him a couple of questions to test his comprehension. His answers were right. 

(Not to sound so defensive, but I used to think I was good at speed reading, lately though, I really take time to enjoy the language when I read.) 

Why I'm writing these experiences here? It's because I want to be better at those things that comes naturally to native speakers of English when growing up using the language. I maybe little obsessed with language learning lately, but it's really fascinating subject to me. I might get disappointed here and there about my progress, but learning about English language is just fascinating. (Oh I said it twice!) The other day, I volunteered to do some invitation-only translating project on the side. It was 4 or 5 years ago when I volunteered for the organization for a translating project that I first really interested in becoming a translator. So it was great to see my progress...mainly it was my confidence level I noticed that has gone up.

So where do I go from here rather than wishing my writing skill miraculously improve? I'm thinking about studying more about proofreading and editing. Just like I was so interested in translating, now reading about proofreading and editing really interests me. 

What subject interests you?