The little things sometimes do mean a lot and words can bring a sense of complete happiness beyond all imagination. I have had a most incredible start to the new year. There is a student who has been studying English with me at Smith’s Eikaiwa Kyobashi for only 6 months. Over that time, I have seen how well his language ability has been improving. During the holidays, he traveled to the U.S. for a brief vacation. At our first lesson of the year, he told me that because of his classroom time with me, he was able to understand a lot of what people were saying when they spoke to him. He went on to say that he felt very confident communicating to English speakers as well.
Also, some years ago, he had visited The United States but was not able to communicate well and did not have confidence or the understanding he has today.
Hearing him tell me about this filled me with an incredible sense of accomplishment knowing that together we achieved the goal of not only improving his English, but also in building his confidence in speaking. Truly, there is no place that I would rather be or anything else that I would rather be doing. This is a great thing that we are doing because the rewards are plain to see.