Sorry for being late to respond to your comment. I thought that was from another of my friend and I wrote it on their blog site! (duh! To answer your question regarding about my English, Answer would be NO. NO, I don't consider about Japanese readers. I write translated version of my diary, but that isn't really for the Japanese, it's mainly for me to practice. However, I try not to use "slangs" and abbr. that only understandable for Americans or English speakers. Since, my blog site does have Chinese readers as well as one of my friend from Germany, I tried to see English as "international language", the tool to communicate world widely...
Regarding to my Japanese skill: Unh, I practiced and studied on my own, HARD! (lol In part, my personality had helped me push to get where I am, I guess... See, I hate being taken advantage of by anyone and I don't like to lose! If someone else had done it, then I think, there is no reason or no "excuse" for me not to. If someone else can do it and if I can't do it, then either I am a failure or I ain't working hard enough. One of the lowest excuse I hear from other peeps is this: "We live in Japan (or wherever) and we don't have environment that familiarize with the English, so we are not good at it..." To this excuse, I say, hey if you don't got so-called "environment or atomosphere", why don't you look for it, or better yet, why don't you make it! I live in USA, and in my neighborhood the languages spoken other than English are Arabic, French, Irish and other European languages. Certainly, I don't hear people around me speaking Japanese. Yet, I don't excuse myself from not learning the language because of the environment. If I don't have an environment, I will search for it and will make myself into wherever I can get practice at. Using internet, I found lots of chat sites & Online games, where most of the users (players) are Japanese. I jump in there and start chatting. If I can do it, then sure proves everyone else can do it.
In everything people does, the limit is where each set a limit at. It can be as high as Mt. Everest or as low as under the sea. All the chances are there, it's really up to the person, how hard you push yourself.
The "study" only was boring to me... The basics (such as grammer and vocabs.) are very important, but also one need to be able to emphasize outside the "controlled situation". I've read countless stories from historical writing as well as comics. I have gathered some tv crippings and watched, then if I like some line in the movie or drama, I would repeat the line outloud over and over. Listen to some musics done by Japanese singers and try to sing their songs while I take shower. After learning the basics, it's up to a person to either you enhance what you learned, or let it be waste. You are given a tool by learning basics, it's up to you to either use the tool to build something or throw away the tool in a trash.
I guess, those personality of mine or principle I held, had lots to do with my Japanese skill. Some say, I'm too "ambitious" or "aggressive", but hey, there's no easy way out. No shortcuts. No cheating to life.
Good luck with your study in English language as well as other things that you are trying to accomplish. After all, as old saying puts it: "When you put your mind to it, there's nothing you can't accomplish in life!"
P.S. Use me to enhance your English study, if you like. (Like commenting in here etc.) ------------------------- To スカイラインさんへ コメントに対するレスが遅れて申し訳ありません。 えー、てっきり友だちのスカイブルーさんからのコメントだと勘違いして、スカイブルーさんのところにコメントのレスを書きに行ってしまいました。