Sunday, August 30, 2009

My First Video on YouTube!

Good afternoon from Singapore!

It's been quite a while since my last posting on this English blog. Please forgive me for not updating this blog often enough!

I am writing this today to let you know that I have just uploaded my first video on YouTube, to give you a brief self-introduction. I am wearing sunglasses in the video, so as not to entirely give away my identity.

I'd been meaning to do this for quite some time, but given that I'm not really technologically savvy, I didn't even know what kind of device I should get in order to shoot a video and upload it on YouTube, and as such I had put it off until today.

In order to put an end to my procrastination, I went to an electronics appliances store in town yesterday and finally purchased a web cam.

The installation of this device was surprisingly easy, and it took me only a few minutes to figure out how to shoot a video. Since it's so easy, I can do a lot of YouTube postings from now on!

As I have mentioned in my video, the purpose of this YouTube posting is mainly to record and measure my progress in language acquisition, be it in English, Chinese or French. As I am striving to improve my accent in these languages and my presentation skills, it will be fun to watch my videos again in the future and look back over the progress I've made.

After shooting this video and watching it myself, I have found to my astonishment that my English accent and intonation sound very stiff and awkward, and it's still very far from that of native speakers of English. Obviously, my English still has a long way to go.

All the same, it's really fun to shoot a video of myself and watch it on the Internet, as it gives me an opportunity to analyze more objectively what I look and sound like to the others. I think I can make use of my self-shot videos to pinpoint my problem areas and correct my accent, so that it can approach perfection bit by bit.

Of course you are always welcome to post your comments or suggestions on my videos, as I would love to know what you think!

Many thanks for watching this video today. I will come back with more videos in the near future.

See you again soon!

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