In preparation for ICEE, a test designed to measure one’s total English communication skills, which will be held a week from now on November 24, I’ve decided to keep a diary in English for the next seven days.

Today I took TOEIC for the 8th time this year. As some of you know, I usually answer a certain number of questions wrong on purpose in order to see how many points I can score by doing so. Then I use the data to write an article for my blog. This time, however, I tried to get a perfect score of 990 for a change. There was one question on the Listening Section that I wasn’t 100 percent sure of, but I think I got everything right on the Reading Section.

From 9:30 p.m. I took a one-hour Skype lesson from an English pronunciation expert named Kaz Uekawa. He is the author of 英語喉, a study book on “speaking from the throat.” It was my first time to talk to Mr. Uekawa, although I’ve seen him interview a number of Japanese people in English on YouTube. It was a really fruitful lesson because I felt that I was starting to produce more authentic sounds than before. At least I now know what kind of things I need to be aware of to improve my pronunciation. He also gave me a few useful tips on how to speak English with more confidence.

Thank you for reading this to the end. (250 words)