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(Not) Learning English

(Not) Learning English

Masafumi Okura

May 19, 2023

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  1. Me • Name: OKURA Masafumi • Work: Freelance web developer

    (Ruby/Rails) • Activities: The creator of Alba gem, the chief organizer of Kaigi on Rails, a LT speaker of RubyKaigi 2023
  2. I’ve not • lived abroad • worked abroad • used

    English in my day job • spent any money on Eikaiwa school
  3. I just mimicked other people • I mimicked the pronunciation

    of native speakers with English program from NHK • I mimicked some useful phrases from GitHub users • I mimicked tempo and rhythm in real conversations
  4. Why do I have to learn grammar and vocabulary •

    Because it’s too fundamental • In real conversations, they must bubble up in milliseconds • If you talk with completely broken grammar, it’s hard for them to follow and understand • High school level is just enough, no worries about dif fi cult grammars and vocabularies that only appears in newspapers and novels
  5. Just talk to them • Rubyists are nice • Rubyists

    don’t laugh at your English • Rubyists patiently listen to you • Rubyists might speak to you slowly