Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My First YouTube Video in Cantonese!

Hello again from Singapore!

I am writing this post to let you know that I have just uploaded my lastest video on my YouTube channel.

This time around, I have shot a video in Cantonese for the very first time!

Please check out this video.  If you double-click on it to watch it on YouTube directly, you can choose to view it with English or Cantonese subtitles.

In my previous Mandarin video shot last year, I had already told my viewers that I would upload a video in Cantonese in the not-too-distant future.  I'm delighted that I have finally made good on my promise, despite the fact that it took me more than a year to get around to it.

For those of you who understand Cantonese, I'd appreciate if you could give me your feedback as to whether you find my Cantonese understandable or not. 

Also, if you are a beginner of Cantonese, I'd be delighted if you find this video somehow useful for your Cantonese learning.

Although Mandarin and Cantonese have a lot of things in common, speaking in Cantonese is definitely a big challenge for me, especially in terms of pronunciation, which is far more complicated for me compared to Mandarin.

By the way, I've finally made a decision to take off my sunglasses from this video onwards, as I've learned to become more confident in my pursuit of my biggest passion, which is learning foreign languages.

I've done an extensive search on YouTube and have yet to find any Japanese person doing a language-learning video in Cantonese, so I must be setting some kind of precedent here. It sure feels great!

I hereby promise everyone that I will continue to shoot more videos on YouTube, thereby continually challeging myself to new limits.

Talk to you again soon.  Wish you all a prosperous new week ahead!

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Latest YouTube Video in English!

Good Friday afternoon from Singapore!

I'm writing this blog post to let you know that I have just uploaded a new video on YouTube, after a hiatus of more than one year.

Please check out this video:

In this video, I am talking about my favorite method of learning French, which is to post French tweets on Twitter, using new words and expressions to continually improve my French.

For my French learning, I have shifted my focus from the input to the output, and I have been making conscious efforts to express myself in French by means of micro-blogging.

It's been roughly three months since I began tweeting in French, and I really love it. I feel that I can now express myself in French far better than a year ago, despite the fact that my vocabulary hasn't grown that much.

My intention is to keep developing my ability for output for the foreseeable future. I'm not in a hurry to expand my French vocabulary, as I plan to do it after I've achieved a certain degree of fluency in the language.

Also, as I've mentioned in this video, I would like to shoot more short videos going forward, especially in English, to improve my presentation skills.

I have to admit that my English accent isn't that spectacular (wearing dental braces does not help much either), but watching myself in the video enables me to analyze more objectively what my English pronunciation issues are, and what can possibly be done to improve my delivery, so I still stand to benefit from this video, albeit a bit embarrassing.

Anyway, I think it's a good thing that I've decided to become active again on YouTube, and I'd like to keep the momentum going.

For those of you who haven't yet watched my videos, please do so and let me know what you think. Your inputs are really valuable!

Thank you for your attention, and I wish all of you a nice weekend!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Began to Read an Adam Khoo Book

Good evening from Singapore!

It's been ages since I lasted posted on this blog.

I've been telling myself that I should update this blog for the longest time, but I've just been putting it off out of laziness.

Anyway, in today's post I'd like to let you know that I've started to read a self-help book titled Master Your Mind Design Your Destiny by Adam Khoo with Stuart Tan.

I bought this book a few years ago, but set it aside without reading it as I got busier with my French studies. For some reason this book popped back into my mind today, so I pulled it out of my cabinet and began reading it.

Author Adam Khoo is a successful Singaporean business man who made his first million in his mid-20s, and who now works as a trainer in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). This book is about learning to have the right mindset for success by replicating the mental blueprints of highly successful people.

Tonight, I've only read the beginning pages, but already I can tell that this is going to be a fun read, and I quite like Adam Khoo's writing style, which uses plain language without pompous vocabulary words. Although I don't read very fast, I expect to finish this book (about 350 pages in length) pretty soon.

If I find the knowledge of this book to be useful, I will surely put it into practice afterwards!

I'll let you know what I think of this book in the succeeding posts as I read along.

Talk to you again soon. Wish you all a wonderful new week ahead!