On the first anniversary of Sarah’s employment with the British Council in Osaka, I took time out to have a little chat with the girl herself. We talked about her life in Osaka and compared it to her life in the countryside of Yonezawa. I also asked her about her reasons for coming to Japan and her future plans. We also laughed about some of Sarah’s experiences of cycling and travelling around the Kansai area.
FINALLY … I GOT IT WORKING!!! Here is our interview in full! Enjoy!
Here’s a simple worksheet – which you can download by clicking on the link – just to help you make some notes as you listen. I will attach the full script in a couple of days! It is good practice to listen a second or third time while you read the text in order to think about why you didn’t understand the first time you listened. Think about the reasons you had difficulties – was there unknown vocabulary, for example? Or, was it pronunciation that caused you problems?
After several late nights listening to the interview, I have finally finished the transcript. Here it is – I hope you find it useful 🙂 If you find any mistakes, well done – but please ignore them!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ENGLISH? 🙂
Because I spent so long writing the transcript of our conversation, I’ve been thinking about “speaking skills” a lot. Next week on the blog, I will look at the differences between spoken and written language, and how that might cause difficulties for your listening. So why don’t you start thinking about the question.