2018.09.13 Thursday

#186 Ways to protect nature

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    こんにちは!

    8月は夏休みをいただき、essayをお休みさせていただきました。

     

    日本のみならず、近年では世界中で自然災害が起こり、自然との向き合い方が見直されつつあると思います。

    そこで本日紹介させいただくtopicは "Ways to protect nature" です。

    生活が便利になっている一方、私たちは自然を破壊し続けているのかもしれません。

    皆さまは、どのように考えますか?

     

     

    Nowadays, there are a lot of problems about the environment because of global warming. The reason of global warming is that people are cutting many trees. Green plants carry out photosynthesis which is a process that changes CO2 to O2.

     

    On the one hand tree cutting makes me happy so I can use furniture, on the other hand it makes me unhappy as a person living in the earth. What should we do?

     

    I think there is one way not to exacerbate the environmental problem. It is not using too many trees for making furniture.

    Long time ago, we did not have plastics, but now there are not only trees but also plastics. So we do not have to use many trees. However plastic is made from oil. There is a limit to oil. Also we are creating too much waste.

    The best way is not to make too many things, but it isn’t easy. So we should be careful about not buying many things.

     

     

    教師より

    Our problem would be solved quickly if we stopped using plastics and planted more trees. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, that’s why our waste is piling up. Before the advent of plastic, people were cutting down trees moderately and they were planting new ones too. So, it was completely sustainable. Oil companies like Shell get their oil from Arctic. They melt the ice and cause other problems by producing plastic. I wish we could get rid of all the plastic in the world.

    2018.07.25 Wednesday

    #185 How you think technology will evolve in the future?

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      こんにちは。

      今年の夏は異常な暑さですね。

      先般の豪雨災害で、お亡くなりになられた方々にお悔やみ申し上げますとともに、甚大な被害を受けられた皆さまに対して、心よりお見舞い申し上げます。

      まだまだ猛暑日が続きそうですが、お身体を壊されないよう、くれぐれもご自愛ください。

       

       

      本日紹介させていただくessayは "technology" についてです。

      確実に日々進歩している technology ですが、その反面、自然災害など、人間にはまだ太刀打ちできない領域はまだまだありますね。

      生活が便利になるのはもちろん嬉しいですが、地震予測や気象予測、またセキュリティ面で technology の開発が進むことを期待しています。

       

      "How you think technology will evolve in the future?"

       

      In the last century, it was the most progressive and important era for technology in our history. After the Industrial Revolution, our life has been dramatically changed and the technology is making us comfortable even today.

       

      However, I think today’s technology is a bit different compared to how it was decades ago. The previous technology affected our life directly. For instance, the developments of transporters are able to take us further and faster. Home electric appliances release housewives from long hours housework. They are simple and understandable profits for everyone.

       

      Today’s technologies are based on complicated combinations of those previous technologies and are difficult to understand. How many people can explain the technology of an automatic driving? Car, computer and sensor – they are some components consisting of the driver-less car, but one most important component is missing. It is a driver, a human’s intelligence that is missing. It is regrettable that the technology of intelligence is far from a real human’s.

       

      I think the distance from a human’s intelligence and the artificial one would be closer in the future. This symbiosis will help with new discoveries. Technology will evolve in the future while all the mysteries will be solved.

       

       

      教師より

      Your essay answered the topic well.

      Technological advancements have certainly increased productivity, communication efficiency and made our lives more convenient.

       

      In future, the symbiosis of human and artificial intelligence poses the question of how much we allow the technology to function in society. It will be interesting to see what new gadgets, transport and entertainment evolve with the future of technology.

      2018.06.22 Friday

      #184 All students should be required to study art and music in secondary school, for or against? Why?

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        こんにちは!

        梅雨に入り、ジメジメと蒸し暑い日が続きますが、皆さま体調など崩されていませんか?

         

        本日紹介させていただく essay は、TOEFLコース 用の topic です。

        日本語でも論理的に文章を書くことは難しいですよね。

        日本語でも英語でも、「練習あるのみ」だと思います。

        興味のある方はぜひ、WILL ENGLISH SCHOOL のホームページも覘いて見てください!

         

        "All students should be required to study art and music in secondary school, for or against? Why?"

         

         

        In my opinion, all students should not be required to study art and music in secondary school.

        There are two reasons why I disagree with this statement.

         

        If we spent time on teaching art and music, it would be better to let them acquire logical thinking. If we spent time to do art or music, we would be better off teaching some ethics to students. It would be much better to let students acquire a critical thinking process. Logical assumption is what is necessary for the future generation. If you can acquire critical thinking, you would barely be in a panic because you have the daily habit to “think”, thus, you would analyze the situation around you. If you could decipher what kind of issues you are facing, you would find some solutions more easily.

         

        It would be way better to teach ethics. Ethical thinking is also important for the future generation. If there are some terrible things that happened, such as terrorism, it would be better thinking with logic and ethics than to just sympathize. If you could think logically, and ethically, you would find these events as “odd”. That is what will be needed for the future.

         

        However, art and music can teach them “suffering of creation”, so it is not absolutely unnecessary.

        To sum up, we would be better off to learn ethics and logical thinking.

         

         

        教師より

        You have provided a clear reason why you do not think art and music should be a mandatory subject at school.

         

        Of course, there are some fundamental subjects which are necessary for students to learn, but I think giving students the option to learn the subjects they are interested in is equally as important. Forcing a subject on students might have the opposite effect. Art and music can incorporate critical thinking and ethics after rudimentary knowledge has been taught.

        2018.05.17 Thursday

        #183 Judging people by appearances

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          こんにちは!

           

          今回紹介させていただくessayは "Judging people by appearances" です。

          職場や学校でも初対面の方に会うことが多いこの時期、皆さまはどのように人を "judge" していますか?

           

           

          I think that appearances are an important element of judging people because we can’t avoid that feeling from our eyes. If I meet a man who looks smart & clean, what do I think about him? I think that maybe he is kind, clever and rich because he looks nice. Appearances are influenced from our lifestyle and frame of mind.

           

          However, appearance is not everything. I saw an experiment movie on YouTube about a lost child in Europe.

          In the movie, the first scene shows a little girl wearing clean clothes and she is in the park alone. A lot of adults asked her “where are you from?” “Where are your parents?” but in the second scene, she wears dirty clothes, no one asked her about that, even though she is the same girl!

          It’s an extreme experiment, but this experiment tells us that we have to be careful about judging people by appearances involuntarily.

           

          Appearance may help us when we judge people. However, we have to judge by looking at a person’s personality and behavior, not only their appearance. And I also have to be careful about my appearance and behavior!

           

           

          教師より

          This was a very good essay. The examples you mentioned are very indicative (showing or suggesting) of human behavior.

          I think everyone judges others by their appearance naturally. It might be positive or negative depending on the person judging, and how that person appears.

           

          Appearances are of course very important for certain situations and formal occasions. The personality and behavior of someone gives us a more accurate assessment of that person.

          Sometimes well-dressed individuals can have terrible personalities. Someone who is not very wealthy might be really kind and vice versa. Someone who looks dangerous can help us avoid contact with that person.

           

          Homeless or poor people are often viewed negatively so I guess that’s why the girl in the video in the second scenario was ignored.

          To “never judge a book by its cover” is not always easy. As you said we have to make sure our own behavior and appearance is suitable too.

          On the other hand people shouldn’t judge others based on their nationality but a lot of people do so intentionally or unconsciously.

          2018.04.01 Sunday

          #182 Whether I prefer city life or country life.

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            こんにちは!

            早くも4月になり、桜がキレイな季節になりましたね!

             

            4月から、入学や就職、転勤など、新天地で生活をスタートされた方もいらっしゃるのではないでしょうか?

            「住めば都」という言葉がありますが、住んでみると、その土地土地の魅力がありますよね!

            今回のtopicは"Whether I prefer city life or coutry life"です。

            私は「若いうちはcity life、老後はのんびりcoutry lifeなんて素敵だな〜」なんて考えていますが、皆さまはいかがですか?

             

             

            I prefer city life only in cases in which it has a lot of nature, different kinds of parks, boulevard trees, and rivers.

            City life is easier to live in than country life. It’s more convenient, closer to my office, more cafes, shops, restaurants, and clinics. We have so many choices.

             

            On the other hand, in the case of country life, we need a car, it takes a long time to go to the office, clinics, and we don’t have any choice about shops.

            However, I know the advantage of country life. Nature heals our mind. We can have a house, garden, fields. Compared to the city, the air is cleaner, time is slower, and things that add stress are lessened.

             

            Nethertheless, the reason why I chose city life is that the atmosphere is vibrant. So I’d like to live in the city and visit to various cities in the world.

            When I’m becoming older in the future, I would like to visit various rural landscapes around the world. The itinerary would have leeway.

             

             

            教師より

            I think in the future. I’d like to live close to the countryside or a small city.

            As you said, the city is very convenient and we have access to a lot of public facilities.

            The problem of the city is that it may become over crowded or pollution increases. Our work life might be very stressful too.

             

            The countryside is very peaceful but public facilities are few and far between. Although it refreshes our minds and we can relax. Often public transport is not very good either.

             

            Therefore, there are positive points to living in either area. It might come down to the needs of the person.

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