Hello there! It's Funky Ako. How are you doing?
I've been studying Chinese very hard these days. Too busy to update my blog. Seems like I forgot all about how to speak English. It cannot be helped as I always concentrate on only one thing. In other words, I cannot multitask somehow. If I tried to do it, I'd be easily overwhelmed and get distracted. So, if I'm concentrating on studying Chinese, the chances are that I'm not practicing speaking English at all.
YO YO CHINESEのように
That being said, the new Chinese studying material & site called "ChineseClass101.com" allows me to listen to a lot of English lectures as they offer Chinese lessons in English like YO YO CHINESE (which is he studying site I first tried and I've been on for the last month) does. So, I'm always listening to English while I'm studying Chinese.
I also watch some dramas in English on Hulu as I do house work or for a change. My recent obsession is an America detective drama called "Monk" I started watching one day by chance.
The main character Adrian Monk (played by Tony Shalhoub) is a brilliant and very capable detective, but his being extraordinarily meticulous, fastidious and squeamish about everything (because of a nervous breakdown he began to suffer when his wife was killed) makes him look a bit odd and funny. The drama is not only serious just like other usual similar detective dramas, but also very comical due to the main character's extraordinary traits.
It is true that Monk is obsessive about so many things. He originally had obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) and after the tragedy in which his wife was killed, his compulsive habits got even worse significantly. According to Wiki, surprisingly, he has as many as 312 phobias or fears including normal everyday situations such as untidiness, imperfection, some innocent bugs, milk, food touching on his plates, claustrophobia or having fears for being in a small space, acrophobia or being afraid of heights and so on.
However it is his this kind of peculiar traits that actually differentiate him from other detectives because he never overlooks any tiny clues that other people would never even notice and that could trigger him to conclude the case. It is always easy to guess who did it (or who is the suspect), but it is very difficult to find out how it happened. I guess it makes viewers very curious about the story and cause us a strong and irresistible urge to keep watching it till the very end. So, it's the most exciting "Aha!" moment when something that someone says or does springs to Monk's mind and triggers him to make the connection. However, to be honest, it also sometimes makes me feel that it's good to be true as how he solves each case seems to be a bit unrealistic. It is a fiction after all. However, at the same time, I think that as long as it's interesting, "Why not?"
The relationship between Monk and his assistant named Sharona Fleming
(played by Bitty Schram) adds a touch of color to the story and makes it very lively.
(Actually, to my disappointment, Sharona is replaced by another role after seasons 4 as she leaves when she remarries her ex-husband, but I haven't watched this episode. I've learned that the next assistant is as helpful to him as Sharona does, so I can't wait to watch.)
Their relationship is depicted with humor and it makes me laugh a lot. Sharona was originally a nurse who helped him go out after he had suddenly become a recluse due to his wife's death (He became too shocked to go out.). In other words, in the story, Monk couldn't have begun working as a private detective (He was discharged when his wife's death had led him to suffer a nervous breakdown.) again if Sharona hadn't helped him. I like Sharona very much because she is so beautiful and cheerful. She is sometimes a bit noisy and nagging, but always very supportive and generous to Monk because she understands who Monk is very well and also compassionate about his situation. Looking at them always makes me wish I could have a partner like her who is supportive and understands me.
I love the Monk theme song, too. It makes me feel lighthearted and happy about life.
I happened to find someone who is covering this song. He's really good! How wonderful would it be if I could play the guitar as well as this guy! (Having said that, though, I'm actually not really sure how well he can play the guitar since I don't have a "guitar" ear myself XD)
Anyway, watching dramas in English is a lot of fun. Oh, that reminds me. I was talking about "Modern Family" on this blog while ago. Yes, I was watching it very much and I loved it then. However, somehow, now I feel that my enthusiasm has weakened a bit. When I watched it yesterday I felt this way because it seemed a bit too intentional to me. Maybe I watched it too much in such a short time and just got tired of watching it. Maybe, I hope.
See you soon