2019.09.10 Tuesday

#195 Human/Civil Rights

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    こんにちは!9月に入ったというのに、まだまだ暑い日が続きそうですね。

    夏の疲れが出る頃、皆さまくれぐれもご自愛くださいませ。

     

    さて、本日紹介させていただくessayですが、2016年に受講生によって書かれたものです。

    2019年の今、香港での大規模デモは長期化・泥沼化しており、緊張状態にあります。

    私たちが暮らす日本においても、改憲が議論され、"human/civil rights"について今一度考えなくてはならない時期だと感じています。

    英語を道具として使えれば、世界中のニュースや歴史、人々の考えなどを学ぶことができ、私たちの世界はもっと広くなるのではないでしょうか。

     

    "Human/Civil Rights"

     

     

    Human rights are one of the basic rights that many societies think every person should have, to be treated in a fair equal way without cruelty, for example by their government, or the right to vote.

    People have been struggling to obtain them over a long period through many battles against their leaders. Nevertheless, human rights are still likely to be violated by the government, evil people and other countries.

     

    Those who live in unstable political conditions are facing serious danger with their right to live, which is the most fundamental one.

    Recently, the migrant crisis is becoming a great concern all over the world. Ironically, human rights might need a strong government to support them, where people win their rights to a free and equal society. The scene of many migrants at European borders and the coast lines tells us of the humanitarian catastrophe of the citizens who lost their stable nation. Besides, people who can’t escape from the battle zone, face a more horrible situation.

     

    To guarantee human rights, no matter where we live, it can’t be fairly performed by only one country. Nowadays we should help each other and support one another beyond the borders. In doing so, all of humanity who live in this world can enjoy human rights and grow properly together and enjoy the diversity.

     

     

    教師より

    You wrote some excellent points about human rights. Certain leaders or groups have advocated and rallied for human rights for numerous years.

    In the case of the current migrant crisis, many critics cite that Western governments intervention is the main reason.

     

    Many young US citizens are desperate for charge and agree with Bernie Sanders, as the current state of capitalism foreshadows basic human rights to free education, health care and so on. Recently, a young advocate for the “million student march” called Darletta Scruggs pointed out that the US government has enough money to spend on War but not on free education like in other countries such as Sweden etc.

     

    Much to the protest of a fox news reporter, if profit cannot be made, then the government, stock holders have no interest.

    Through history, power corrupts and it’s always the less fortunate that suffers. The world has become more dystopian but there is still hope that people will work together and fight for human rights.

    2019.07.16 Tuesday

    #194 Japanese national pride

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      自国について語る、それは賞賛であれ辛辣であれ、愛すればこそ
      とも言えそうです。しかし、忘れてはいけないことは「客観的」
      な視点を維持しょうとする努力ではないでしょうか。

       

      主にインターネットからのみ知ることができる、今日この国の
      大都市で頻発する「hate speech」、英語という外国語を知ること
      で彼らの考え方から学ぶことが出来れば、国粋的で偏狭な視点
      に同調する方は減ることでしょう。

       

      受講生のご意見、担当教師のコメント両方から何かしらを
      吸収頂ければ幸いです。

       

       

      Japanese national pride

       

      I think the Japanese have two things that they're proud of.
      First, it's not only their pride but also their everyday habits,the Japanese tend to be on time. At Japanese schools, we have been taught to begin every action 5 minutes before we have to do it(for examples,if the meeting begins at 10 am,we have to enter the meeting room by 9:55 am).

       

      On business or social activity scenes people who are always late for the promised time lose their social trust.

       

      The most obvious characteristic feature of being on time is Japanese public transport. Particularly,Japanese train(subway)systems are very punctual. If a train is late for timetable,even a few minutes,the driver must apologize to passengers for being late.

       

      Second the Japanese take pride in their pacifism.

       

      Few months ago,a member of Japanese Congress, was criticized for his inappropriate speech about the Northern Territory by fighting a war. His speech offended the Japanese and was an insult to all the efforts the people made to maintain a peace approach.

       

      I think that the criticism of his speech shows the Japanese people's pride in their peace-loving attitude.

       

      教師より

       

      There're lots of things to be proud of for Japanese people.
      Majority of the population is organized, clean and polite.
      Of course it depends on the person but I think we can say
      these for most of the nation. It's normal to be proud of
      one's nationality as long as they respect other nationalities too.

       

       

      2019.04.09 Tuesday

      #193 Atheism and agnosticism

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        こんにちは!

        最近は、新入学生、新社会人の方などをよく見かけます。

        少し緊張しているけど、希望に満ちた表情を見ていると、私も何かに挑戦したい気持ちになります。

        何かと忙しく、気候の変動も大きい季節ですので、皆さまお身体にお気を付けください!

         

        さて、今回紹介させていただくessayは

        "Atheism and agnosticism"です。

        普段使うことはあまり無いtopicですが、私自身も外国人の友人に聞かれ、返答に困った経験があります。

        皆さまは、どのように考えますか???

         

         

        I don’t know exactly what the difference between atheism and agnosticism is even in Japanese. If atheism and agnosticism are translated from English to Japanese, atheism is ‘Mushinron’ and agnosticism is ‘Fukachiron’. Both words are not familiar to me. According to the Internet, atheism is the belief that God does not exist. Agnosticism is to believe that people cannot know whether God exists or not.

         

        We, Japanese, don’t usually think God exists. Most Japanese are not religious. When you want to pass the university entrance examination, you go to the shrine to pray. The funeral is held according to the Buddhist rites. Many Japanese celebrate Christmas.

         

        The Japanese don’t seem to believe God exists, but when we are having trouble, we ask God for help. The Japanese usually don’t have consciousness of the existence of God, but once we get in trouble, we believe in the existence of God. The Japanese seem to be an agnostic.

         

        教師より

        I would define agnosticism as “the existence of God is unknowable.” Technically, we can consider the Japanese as followers of Shintoism and Buddhism, but as you stated, this is valid only when they have a reason to ask for help.

        Generalisation cannot be completely accurate, of course there are some religious Japanese people. But in general, we cannot run into people who are extremely religious often in Japan.

         

        Atheism is becoming more and more poplar all over the world. But especially with the rise of terror attacks, extreme atheism is also increasing.

         

         

         

        2019.03.07 Thursday

        #192 What types of moods I have

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          こんにちは!

          3月に入り、暖かい日も増えてきましたね!

          街中では、新生活に向けて忙しそうな方も増え、春が近づいて来ているのを感じる今日この頃です。

           

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

          私は自分で"moody"だと自覚しており、それが悩みの種でもあります。。。

          皆さまはどんな"mood"をお持ちですか?

           

           

           

          People around me say I’m a sociable person. They say “you need only three minutes to make a friend.” I’m glad to hear that because I had hoped to be a sociable person. My mother said “your appearance is cold whey you are silent.” Therefore, I try to speak to people actively.

           

          English school is a good place to be sociable. We have to talk about our opinions with people we don’t know every time. I’m getting used to that situation. At that time, I feel less shy and also I feel like I’m getting older. I’m glad about that because I have to communicate with people I don’t know well in my job.

           

          My goal is to become a person who is easy to talk to. I’m trying my best.

           

           

          教師より

          Being sociable comes with benefits and I’m sure you experience these advantages at work and in your private life.

          I have to disagree with your mother on how you look like when you’re not talking. I believe social skills help us to improve our lives and make everything easier for us.

           

          When we say “mood”, we talk about “how someone feels at a particular time.” So, you can say you have a sociable mood but somedays you are in a bad mood so you try to avoid meeting people on those days. For example, I am in a cheerful mood most of the time, but when I’m tired or hungry, I get in a very angry mood.

          2019.02.12 Tuesday

          #191 My ideal future

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            こんにちは!

            本日紹介させていただくessayは、とっても前向きで素晴らしいと感じました。

            日々の生活に甘んじてしまい "、Ideal future" という言葉さえ考えることのない私でしたが、このエッセイに出会い「何歳になっても目標を持って生きていかなければ!」と思いました!

            皆さまはどう思われるでしょうか、ぜひ読んでみてください!

             

             

             

            I want to be a researcher in the future. I want to know various things and elucidate mysterious things. However, I’m still hesitated to choose what to study. I am interested in several fields of study. I have to decide on one of them to devote myself to it. The first one is biology. I like creatures. (Come to think of it, my tadpoles have become frog yesterday. They are so cute.) Creatures are not only cute, but also interesting. They have features that people can’t produce. For example, snail’s mucus are used to make a wall which doesn’t get soiled. Also, I’m interested in microscopes. Microscopes show us things we can’t see directly. I want to know the details of living organisms with its help. The second one is medicine. I think if I study it, I can save people suffering from intractable diseases. A lot of study is needed to make medicines. So, it is difficult to become a pharmaceutical researcher. However, I think it’s worth a try. The third one is the universe. To understand the universe is to understand places we can’t go. We can’t go to the edge of the universe unless we develop “the anywhere door”. However, many researchers brainstorm and research about it. Studies about the universe always excite me. I would like to see more of the beautiful universe. I find things I listed above interesting. No matter which one I choose, I think that I can enjoy doing my research. I want to study more to make my ideal future come true.

             

            教師より

            It’s so interesting to learn about the ideal future of a young woman. You have very attractive interests and I can imagine you being successful in those areas. You are also aware of the possible challenges of those fields and still willing to pursue them! I’m sure you can be very happy with your career if you keep your attitude. Science fields need more women to improve them. Your essay had a very nice structure and the contexts of the paragraphs were appropriate. Good job!

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