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October 31, 2005

Making English Work

Usually, time spent studying abroad is thought to bring out the real English language learning potential of Japanese who have studied fruitlessly at home for several years. But Chikako Kawaguchi believes that her secondary school years were the most productive in making her a confident English speaker. In the latest Making English Work column in Friday's Daily Yomiuri, the executive secretary at the Japan office of a US manufacturer says it was rote memorization of her textbooks that helped her develop her ability. And a hefty grammar book she used in her first year of high school provided much of her motivation to study. She is now secretary to an Irish president at her company and uses English on a daily basis. Following university in Japan, she studied music in the US for five years and hopes to be able to teach piano through English in the future.
When hard work at high school pays off
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