Thursday, May 31, 2012

Clarisonic Mia

Today, I was reading some cosmetic reviews on website. I was really interested in Clarisonic Mia!
Clarisonic Mia

Many people highly recommended it. The product washes your face cleaner than traditional hand washing. It removes any dirt from your skin. Your skin will be softer, healthier and more beautiful. Many people are satisfied with it!
I really want to get it! However, it is very expensive for me because I'm a student. Many people said that it was expensive but worth it. Hmm... The retail price is $119, and Ulta sells it for $119 as well. Amazon sells it for $100.70, but Ulta sometimes mail outs coupon. So, I think I should wait to buy it until I find a good deal.

If you buy it in Japan, there are only four different colors available. The retail price is 15,750 yen, which is about $196.87. That's even more expensive!


 Today's Vocabulary
・ be satisfied with : 満足している

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pink Pink Pink!!!

My stomach symptom has gone away! I recovered completely. Yay!

Today, I painted my nails. Now, I'm having summer vacation. So, I wanted to play with my nail paint because I don't have to be embarrassed at school with unusual nail. I tried to paint in an unusual way.

I chose warm color nail polishes. Most nail polishes were pink color. :)

I think they're not too bad, don't you think?

 Today's Vocabulary
・ go away : 病気が治る、癒える

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm on the Road to Recovery

I still had gastric pain this morning. I took stomach medicine. I usually drink coffee everyday, but I didn't make it today because I needed to avoid irritating food and drink. :( After having breakfast, I got diarrhea. :( My stomach is as flat as a pancake now. I drank Tazo tea with non-caffeine to stay hydrated. I was able to eat supper, and I don't have stomachache now.

I think I'm on the road to recovery. :)

 Today's Vocabulary
・ gastric pain : 胃痛
・ irritating food : 刺激性のある食べ物
・ stay hydrated : 脱水症状にならないようにする
・ on the road to recovery : 改善傾向にある

Monday, May 28, 2012

I Might Have a Stomach Flu

I felt better this morning, but my condition got worse from evening as well as yesterday. Yesterday, I didn't have appetite at all, but I could eat today. However, I got diarrhea after eating. I think I might have a stomach flu. :(
I stayed at home and studied today. However, I have to go to post office tomorrow because I need to send a stuff to my customer.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ diarrhea : noun / 下痢 (Pronunciation is da`iəri'ːə )

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Condition Got Worse Gradually

This morning, my auction ended, and only one product sold. I contacted my customer and prepared the shipment.
Last night, I took cold medicine before going to bed. I felt better this morning. I thought I almost completely recovered. However, my condition got worse gradually from evening. I don't have any appetite, I have joint pain, and I feel exhausted throughout my body. After taking cold medicine, I'm going to bed earlier than usual tonight.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ shipment : noun / 出荷
・ throughout the body : 体全体、全身

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I Have a Headache

I have a headache today. I took pain killers, but I still have a headache. I think I'm getting sick. I should keep warm and get some rest.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ keep warm and get some rest : 温かくして、休むのよ。

Friday, May 25, 2012

Old Navy Slot Game

Today, I went to Old Navy to get some tanks. Old Navy is having a sale of tanks at $2 each. The retail price is $5 though. Last year, I also bought some tanks and camisoles there with similar sale, and I have worn those almost everyday. That's why those have worn out from being washed so many times. So, I figured I could use new ones. Their sale came by at the perfect timing!
I downloaded Old Navy application last night because I heard that the application gave some coupons if you win the game. I downloaded and took snap shot of Old Navy logo. Then, the slot game started! I won $5 coupon. :) Yay! I bought three black tanks and a navy blue tank. The total price was $8, and I showed to cashier my $5 coupon on my smart phone. I ended up paying $3 plus tax! That's very cheap. :))

 Today's Vocabulary
・ wear out : phrasal verb / 着古す、疲れさせる

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My First Paella

Last Sunday, I cooked paella for dinner. It was my first time to cook paella!

When I went to a Peruvian restaurant, I ordered Peruvian Paella, which islso called a Arroz con Mariscos. The paella I ordered was delicious. I thought I wish I could make it someday, but it seemed difficult to make it. I searched the recipe, and I bought saffron for first time. I ended up making paella and it was pretty good! However, I want to strive to make it better like the one I ate at the Peruvian restaurant.

Trying new recipe is fun for me. :)

      This is my entries related to my favorite recipe.

      This is my entries related to cooking.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ strive : verb / 努力する、励む

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Man-made Lake

Last Sunday, my husband and I went to North Lake in Irvine to walk around lake. Even though the lake is man-made lake, it was very beautiful.

 There was a man-made lagoon next to the lake.
 There were many kinds of birds at the lake. We were able to see a turtle which was swimming and a black bass. I was not able to take those picture though.

 They were a couple. A green-head mallard is male, and a brown mallard is female.

It was a beautiful day for bird watching and walking!

 Today's Vocabulary
・ man-made : adjective / 人工の、人が作り出した
・ lagoon : noun / 潟湖、湾が砂州によって外海から隔てられ湖沼化した地形。
・ mallard : noun / マガモ (Pronunciation is mæ'lərd)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Six Month Anniversary

Today is the 6 month anniversary for my blog. Yay! My goal is that I will continue this blog
everyday for at least 6 more months. I hit the halfway point today. :) Now, writing my blog is my daily habit.  I'm really sure that I will accomplish my goal!

One of my favorite thing about my blog is that I've studied many English songs through my blog. I've searched lyrics and studied the meaning of many songs. I sometimes sing these songs. It forces me to learn many vocabularies. However, previously I posted the song "Daydream Believer" in Japanese along with the English one this month. I sometimes sang the song in Japanese without realizing it! The lyrics in Japanese has more impact for me because I'm Japanese. I can't get rid of the Japanese lyrics from my head. After that I decided that I should only post songs in English. :P I want to update more English songs anyway. Next time my husband and I will visit Japan, I want to go to Karaoke and sing as many English songs as I can! :) I look forward to it.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ hit the halfway point : 折り返し地点に達する、中間地点に達する
・ daily habit : 毎日の習慣
・ accomplish : verb / (目標を)果たす、成し遂げる
・ along with : ~とともに
・ without realizing it : いつの間にか、知らないうちに

Monday, May 21, 2012

My Favorite Korean Restaurant

Last Sunday, my husband and I went to Korean restaurant for lunch. When we arrived there, there was no costumer because it was 11 a.m. The restaurant just opened. Because we woke up early morning, we were already hungry at 11 a.m.

My most favorite thing about Korean restaurant is that we can eat as many side dishes as we want for free! Most of them are made of vegetable. I think it's healthy.

When I go to Korean restaurant, I almost always order sundubu. Hehe. I ordered hot oyster sundubu!
We ate a lot there. After coming back home, I took a nap for a while. :)

Kaya Restaurant
14120 Culver Dr
Ste G

Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 726-9424

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My New Computer

My auctions ended today, but these didn't sell at all. That's why I didn't have to contact with my customer this morning. But I woke up early anyway. Then, my husband and I headed toward Fry's. According to my husband, Lenovo computers were selling with a big discount at Fry's. He wanted to buy it for me because he thought I was wasting my time with using my four years old computer. He said new computer's performance is very fast. We looked for the computer which my husband had seen on an online advertisement. But we couldn't find it. He asked the staff if they had it. The staff checked the advertisement and said that they had some stock but it didn't display. We bought a new Lenovo computer for $347. It was very reasonable price, wasn't it? Frankly, I don't know if I needed to buy a new computer because I can still use my old computer. Humm... I might save my time with high performance computer form now on.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Hope These Will Sell

Tomorrow, I'm going to auction off some stuff. So, I had to prepare for my auctions today. I wrote, weighed, calculated  information about the products and took the photos. I got tired. I'll wake up early morning tomorrow.
I hope these will sell.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Package from Clinique

I got a package from Clinique today. Yay! Last Sunday, I found a good deal with Clinique online. Clinique has been offering a Free 7 Piece Bonus Set with any $23.50 purchase!

I'm a big fan of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. So, I purchased it for $23.50. The price was perfect! I also had a coupon code for free shipping. I just paid $23.50 plus tax $1.82.
When I was in Japan, I was also using this product. I bought it at a department store many times back then. 125ml bottle in Japan was about $70. The price of it in Japan is three times more expensive than in the U.S. I always feel that it is a bargain!

The product I ordered was wrapped with very cute Clinique tissue paper!

The cosmetic bag was bigger than I expected. I like this beautiful retro feel flower print.

I was able to choose the color of eyeshadow and lipstick. The color I chose was nude. Now, it's already sold out though. Hehe... The package of eyeshadow is metallic and  its reflection is like a mirror. It's so gorgeous, isn't it? I have never used Clinique eyeshadow. I can't wait to use it!

 Today's Vocabulary
・ back then : その時は

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Gums Are Swollen

Yesterday was my 6th day of bleaching as instructed by my dentist. Today, my gums are swollen and it is painful. Because of that it is difficult to brush my teeth. :( I asked my dentist if I can bleach every other day when I saw him last time. He told me I should bleach every single day for at least 9 more days. But I think my gums can't handle much longer.
I might give up... :(

 Today's Vocabulary
・ can't handle : 手に負えない、耐えれない、駄目だ
  ex) I can't handle alcohol. : アルコールが駄目だ。
  ex) If you can't handle all the work, admit it. : もし手が回らないのならそう言うように。
  ex) I can't handle the pressure. : プレッシャーに耐えれない。

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Study Plan for the Vacation

Yesterday was the last day of the spring semester. I have a month vacation until summer semester. I typically become lazy when I have too much excess time. So, I'd like to make a goal during my vacation.

1. Nursing : Finish studying one chapter of the NCLEX textbook per week, and continue studying medical terminology.

2. ESL grammar and vocabulary : Restudy Passages volume 1 textbook. Finish the textbook before summer semester begins.

3. ESL listening : Watch Grey's Anatomy every day. Finish watching season 2 before summer semester begins.

4. Exercise : Exercise every afternoon and night.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ typically : adverb / 典型的に、例によって、通常は、概して、大体は、一般的に、主として、いつも通りに
・ excess : adjective / 過度の、過剰な、余分の、超過の

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Difference Between Former and Old

Today was the last day of spring semester at my college. I took my tutoring. I asked my tutor how to differentiate between "former" and "old". I know both meaning, but I sometimes confuse the two.

・ my former teacher
・ my former co-worker (ex co-worker)
・ a former owner of my car
・ the former president of the U.S.

・ my old textbook
・ my old computer
・ an old student / an former student
・ my old friend (know for long time) / my former friend (not my friend anymore)
・ my old school / my former school

After class, my husband and I went to see our dentist. I have bleached my teeth at home five times, but the color of my teeth haven't changed dramatically. My dentist told me I should bleach at least 9 more times in order to get the best result. Frankly, I don't want to bleach my teeth anymore because bleaching irritates my gums. He told me I should use less amount of bleach to avoid gum irritation. I will try bleaching 9 more times to get whiter teeth.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ differentiate : verb / ~を識別する、差別化する、~に違いを付ける (Pronunciation is di`fəre'nʃie`it)
・ irritate : verb / 刺激する、イライラさせる、ヒリヒリさせる

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Laptop Again

Yesterday, my husband returned his HP laptop, which he bought last Sunday. The laptop was making clicking noise. He figured out the problem by browsing the Internet. According to my husband, the problem was a hard drive defect. He returned it to Best Buy. Then, he bought a new Toshiba laptop. It has a 17.3 inch moniter and was under $500 just like the HP laptop he returned.So far, it seems fine. He said its performance is faster than HP laptop that he returned. I hope it will work well.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ clicking noise : カチッという音
・ browse : verb / (インターネット上の情報を)閲覧ブラウズ)する

・ performance : noun / 動作、性能

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

This morning, some of my products were sold through my auction. Because of that, I had to wake up early this morning. After contacting with my customer, my husband and I went shopping as usual. Few days ago, I got an email from my apartment office. They sent a coupon for free coffee at Peet's Coffee and Tea. We went there to get free coffee. They gave me a small size iced coffee for free after just showing the mobile coupon on my smart phone. Yay!
The early bird catches the worm!
My auction makes me busy, but I'm glad that I can be an early bird! I can enjoy the rest of my Sunday. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Daydream Believer

Today, I listened to the song, Daydream Believer. The song was first released by The Monkees in 1967.

The Monkees / Daydream Believer

I'm familiar with the song because some Japanese singers have covered it. In Japan, The Timers, which is one of Japanese bands, first covered it in 1989.


Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring,
But six rings and I rise;
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it meanTo a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

You once thought of me
As a white knight on his steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend,
But how much, baby, do we really need?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen?

 Today's Vocabulary
・ sting : verb / 傷付ける、チクリとする
・ what can it mean? : 何だ、今のは。
・ daydream : noun / (かなえられない)夢想、楽しい空想

・ steed : noun / (元気な)馬

Friday, May 11, 2012

Grey's Anatomy Season 1

I have watched serial drama, Grey's Anatomy Season 1. The season 1 has only 9 episodes. Today, I finished watching season 1. I watched them through Amazon prime. I can watch them for free because I am subscribed to Amazon prime member. However, they don't have subtitles. I can't catch all words in this drama. So, I sometimes need subtitles. I am thinking about buying the DVDs. I need to know what people are saying at a hospital because I'd like to work at a hospital someday. It might help improve my English.

The names of the characters

Meredith Grey is portrayed by Ellen Pompeo.

Derek Shepherd is portrayed by Patrick Dempsey.

Cristina Yang is portrayed by Sandra Oh.

George O'Malley is portrayed by T. R. Knight.

Izzie Stevens is portrayed by Katherine Heigl.

Alex Karev is portrayed by Justin Chambers.

Miranda Bailey is portrayed by Chandra Wilson.

Preston Burke is portrayed by Isaiah Washington.

Richard Webber is portrayed by James Pickens, Jr.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ through : preposition / ~を通じて、~を経て

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Last Day of Our Meeting

Today, I went to cafe to meet my friend for conversation session as usual Thursday. My friend is going to get a surgery next week. After that, she and her sons are going to travel to Korea for a month. She told me that that was the last meeting until she comes back from Korea. After studying a reading book together, she took me to Korean restaurant. We had sundubu for lunch. Then, we walked around a university which her son is going from fall semester. On the campus, they were having clearance sale. Many university products were 75% off. My friend bought some t-shirts and key holders for her family.

After saying good bye to her, I stopped by at my bank to make some deposits. I said to a teller, "Could I put these into my saving account?" It was my first time to go to bank by myself. I usually go there with my husband. Hahaha. But everything went smoothly. I can go there without my husband from now on. The teller said, "You might be interested in it." He offered a new account, but I didn't understand how different between a current account and a new account he recommended. I asked him if I can get a brochure for it. I have to think about it with my husband before I decide.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ on the campus : 大学構内
・ put something into account : 預金に入れる
  ex) I put $100 into my saving account. : 100ドルを普通預金に入れた。
・ saving account : 普通預金、貯蓄預金
・ checking account : (小切手を振り出せる)当座預金口座
・ go smoothly : うまくいく
・ teller : noun / (銀行などの)窓口係、出納係
・ brochure : noun / 冊子、パンフレット (Pronunciation is brouʃu'ər)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Should Incoporate Exercising into My Normal Life

My back pain is getting better and better. I have been exercising for my back pain since few days ago. I think that the cause is from studying for many hours. :P I was sitting for many hours, and I was sitting in the same position. That caused stiffness in my back muscle, hamstring and below. And also because I don't exercise on a regular basis, which is why my muscle became weak gradually.
How can I continue to exercise after recovering from back pain? I thought I should incorporate exercising into my normal life. I decided to exercise while I watch youtube, because I watch youtube everyday. I think it's a good idea. :)

 Today's Vocabulary
・ which is why : こうしたことから
・ incorporate ~ into : ~を…に組み入れる(組み込む・取り込む・取り入れる)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How to Use While

Today, I went to college to take my tutoring. I asked my tutor some grammar.
Last night, I looked over my old textbook, which I used two years ago at another ESL school. The ESL school had variety of classes, which were scaled between level 2 to 6. I started at level 3 class. I went up a level every three months. While I was studying at the school for a year, I ended up finishing level 5 class. I looked over the level 5 textbook last night. It had been two years since I used the textbook. Keeping up with the class was very hard for me two years ago. Since then, my English has been improving. I was expecting that the textbook was not difficult any more. When I looked over the textbook, I was shocked. I had thought that I was pretty good at grammar, but there were many advanced grammar, which I learned, and I already forgot. I still find it difficult to study the textbook. I'll restudy the textbook on my own. I was only glad that the reading in the textbook was easy for me event though some grammar was still difficult.
I studied how to use "While" with my tutor.

You can use while in order to present contrasting information, especially in writing.
For example,

・ While Leo prefers a big breakfast, I just have coffee.
・ While I like sandwiches, she dislikes them.
・ While I want to buy a red car, my husband prefers a blue car.

I should sometimes use the word of "While" in my blog. I found that I should review grammar more from the textbook.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ restudy : verb / 再学習する、再勉強する
・ while : ~なのに、~ではあるものの、~だが、~とはいえ、しかし一方
・ present : verb / 示す

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Reason Why I Should Exercise Regularly

I have had backache since yesterday morning. I usually go to the library to study for three hours or so after class, but I didn't go to the library today. That's because I couldn't carry too much stuff today. When I go to the library, I take my netbook, my tumbler full of tea and textbooks for nursing and ESL. I took only my ESL textbook and pencil case to class, but it was too heavy for me because my back condition was serious.

Five years ago, I got a severe backache when I carried my patient, who was overweight. My backache got worse and worse. Finally, I was not able to walk, get up, nor change my body position. It was my hardest time ever. I had to spend time in my bed all day long for two weeks. I thought I was very miserable. I wanted to work but I couldn't do anything. Then, I was diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation. My doctor told me that if I were not a nurse, he would recommend me to get a surgery. He said that I knew how to control and how I should avoid getting backaches. I did rehabilitation by myself at home. I really wanted to go back to work. After a time my backache got better and better. Then, I recovered and I went back to my normal life.

I know if I exercise regularly, I can avoid this condition, but I tend to be lazy and I don't enjoy exercising. :P
Even though I don't like to exercise, I have to do it for my health. I wouldn't want to go back to when I was in bed all day long.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ tumbler full of ~ : ~がたっぷり入ったタンブラー
・ after a time : すると、しばらくすると
・ tend to : ~しがちである、~する傾向がある

Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Laptop

Today, my auction ended, and I sold two products. Yay! I contacted my customers and confirmed these payments. I'm going to send these out at the post office tomorrow morning.
And I also auctioned off some more products online today.

My husband bought a new laptop at Best Buy today. It has a 17.3 inch moniter. It's pretty big! He likes watching movie on the computer. So, he decided to buy a laptop with a bigger screen. I think computers have been cheaper these days. His new HP laptop was under $500 including one year warranty! My husband's old Sony Vaio computer was over $2,200 in Japan four years ago. Even though it was very expensive, we thought it was normal for a computer at the time. Actually, computers in Japan are more expensive than the ones in the United States even though it's a Japanese brand.

My computer is already three years old. I don't think it will last much longer. Even if my computer breaks down, I will pay only a quarter of what I paid for a computer four years ago. So, I won't hesitate to buy a new computer when needed. :)

 Today's Vocabulary
・ confirm : verb / 確認する ( Pronunciation is kənfə'ːrm )
・ payment : noun / 支払い
・ send out : phrasal verb / 発送する
・ hesitate : verb / ちゅうちょする、ためらう  ( Pronunciation is he'zite`it )
  ex) I didn't hesitate at all. : 私は全くためらわなかった。

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Prepare for an Auction

Tomorrow, I'm going to auction off some products. I was preparing for tomorrow.
Some products which I auctioned off last Sunday were already bid. Those auctions are going to end tomorrow morning. Then, I'm going to contact my customers.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow mornig. :)

 Today's Vocabulary
・ bit : verb / 入札する

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Reusable Bag

I bought reusable bags at Ralphs today. I found that there were newly designed reusable bags! They were on sale for buy one get one free. So, two reusable bags were only $1.49.
I like the beautiful sky color.

There is a Ralphs supermarket on the bag! Haha!

Airplane advertisement! The bag is portraying California.
I like this design more than the previous design. I thought it's perfect for souvenir from California. I'm thinking about buying more bags for my family in Japan.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ portray : verb / 表現する、描く

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Result of the Assessment Test

After advanced conversation class, I went to cafe to meet my friend for conversation session as a usual Thursday. I told my friend that I took my assessment test on Tuesday but was not able to do so well. She told me, "You can take the assessment test every 6 months. Better luck next time!" So, I will probably take the test at the end of the year again. I will pay more attention to the time next time! I'll never make the same mistake again. ;(
I just checked the result of the test. My placement recommendation was all advanced class! Somehow my assessment test result was not as bad as I expected. But I can't find out my actual score. I'm wondering how they place students according to the test result.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ Better luck next time! : 次は頑張ってね。、今度はうまくいくさ。
・ place : verb / 判別する

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

These Expression Challenges Me

Today, my teacher gave back my test which I took last Monday. I did well on my test. Then, he handed out our current grades to us. My overall class rank was number 1. Yay! It was the first time we received our grades this semester, he handed out them about four times last semester though. I was not sure whether or not I was doing well. But I did! Hehe...

Yesterday, I asked my tutor how to use "it feels..." I still find it difficult to use that expression. I should use it more frequently, so that I will get used to it.

For example...
・ I felt that the earthquake was strong.
 It felt strong.
・ I feel that the table is hard.
 It feels hard.
・ I feel that these boots are heavy.
 These feel heavy.

I also find it difficult to use "I find it difficult to ( verb ) ... " I'm using it now though. :D Haha... My tutor said this expression is as same as "I feel challenged by (noun) ..."

・ I find it difficult to speak English.
  I feel challenged by English.
・ I find it difficult to read this book.
  I feel challenged by this reading book.

I also find it difficult to use the word "challenge."

・ It is challenging.
・ The book challenges me.

I hope I will get used to these expression soon.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ find it difficult to : ~することは難しいと思う、~するのが困難である、~するのに困難を感じる
  ex) I find it difficult to say no.
  ex) She found it difficult to forget him.

・ feel challenged : 難問だと感じる

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Assessment Test

After advanced conversation class, I studied at library for an hour today. Then, I took my tutoring for an hour. After that, I went back to the library to study. While I was studying, I felt cold breeze towards my desk. I felt a little cold. I endured the chill for an hour, but I ended up giving up my study because I wanted to avoid catching a cold. Then, I had lunch in my car. It's drizzling today. So, it was not hot inside car. After eating lunch, I was planning on going back to library again. But I took a nap for an hour and half in my car instead. :P After that, I went to the building to take English assessment test. It has been two years since I took the test. The listening section was not too difficult for me, the recording spoke very quickly though. The reading section was also not too difficult, but I ran out of time before finishing all question. :(( I was stunned. I wasn't paying attention to the time I've spent reading the excerpts. I was very disappointed in myself. Then, I wrote my essay. Because I was disappointed, I wasn't able to concentrate and I felt that I couldn't do well on my writing test as well.

Anyway, I was really disappointed in myself. :( I expected to do well after two years of studying... I think my English skill is not as good as I hoped.
I should pay more attention to the time when I have a chance during a test next time. And I have to study more.

 Today's Vocabulary
・ cold breeze : 冷たい風
・ endured : verb / 耐える
  ex) I can't endure any more. : 我慢にもほどがあるんだよ。
・ chill : noun / 冷え
・ speak quickly : 早口に話す
・ speak fast : 早口に話す
・ excerpt : noun / 一部、抜粋
・ be disappointed in : ~に失望する