犬は吠えるがキャラバンは進む

The Dogs Bark, But The Caravan Moves On.

2022/05/16

Sometimes I am asked how I am learning English. For me, the first is enjoying chatting in English on Discord and Whatsapp. And the other is to write memos in Japanese and English. And also I sometimes go to an English conversation class in the city I live hold (we can go there at a reasonable price. That's different from private schools). I often read paperbacks in English and use English broadcasting on YouTube, podcasts, and TED Talks. Watching movies with English subtitles can work as a good tool for learning. I am learning English like this.

As I always write, I have never had any confidence in my English. I have never studied English abroad and also never did TOEIC tests. So I can't judge how high/low my skill of English can be. But I like expressing my thoughts in English so I just keep on. Probably people say my English is poor, then I would learn till I would feel I have made certain progress. Every day I do tiny inputting and outputting, and want to improve my skill of English steadily. Indeed, I adore many fluent speakers. But I want to learn in my way. I'm not young so I want to feel cozy in my learning.

In the morning I noticed that Steve Silberman's "NeuroTribes" was on my bookshelf and I wanted to read from the point I had stopped. This book has been released in Japanese as a book of Kodansha bluebacks but some readers say the translation of this book is not good. Reading the original version in English, I can feel that this is a masterpiece with plenty of information about autism so I wish I wanted to read renewed version of this. But even if the translation isn't good, the fact that this book tries to open a new way of studying autism never changes. A brilliant book. If it was renewed, then society's mood about autism would change drastically.

Besides that, I keep on reading "The recommendation of 'autism studies'". This book tells the way autistic people feel that reality might be different from neurotypical people. Autistic people might feel a different reality (alternative reality?) that neurotypical people can't feel. Therefore autistic people are precious because they see 'invisible' reality. I remember that in "NeuroTribes" it was written that society needs autistic people. I want to go back to the basic fact that 'everyone needs someone'. There must not be a person who isn't needed.