My first encounter with English was when I was a junior high school student. In those days, I was a student of Kumon-shiki ( a cram school for children). At Kumon-shiki, I read aloud short English sentences, and listened to long English sentences again and again. I read a lot of famous sentences authored by various famous people. For example, the address of Martin Luther King Junior ("I Have a Dream"), The Gift of the magi of O. Henry and so on. At junior high school, I exercised my English ability acquired in Kumon-shiki. My score of English examination was usually good. From the time I was 14 years old, I started studying for STEP. I memorized words, solned past tests, and listened to English radio program. Studying for STEP was very useful because it was useful for admission examination to high school. In high school, I sometimes read simple English newspapers or novels but I studied less than when I was a junior high school student. Now I' m a university student. I study English less than before because other subjects are difficult to understand. So I feel my English ability have diminished. I want to brush up my English ability and learn writing skill.