2017.11.15 Wednesday

#178 Who inspires you

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    こんにちは!お元気ですか?!

    更新が遅れてしまい、申し訳ありません・・・アセアセ

     

    本日紹介させていただく topic は "Who inspires you” です!

    この topic に対しては、人物だけでなく、本、映画、音楽、演劇などなど様々だと思います。

     

    私は音楽に影響を受けることが多いのですが、洋楽の歌詞ももっと理解できたらいいなぁと思っています♪

    それでは、essayを紹介させていただきます!

     

     

    I love American music especially 1960’s and 70’s soul, R&B and blues.

    One day, maybe almost 20 years ago, a friend of mine had invited me to a 60’s music lover’s event, so I went to the party. During that moment, I listened to cool music which DJ’s played, I was so excited.

     

    In addition, girls on the dance floor were in cute retro fashion and dancing so nicely. I became to love this 60’s music event so much. The people who I met there are still my good friends now. They made me love music more and I became eager to play the drums in a band.

    Then some girls and I made a 60’s garage band and we were touring around Okayama, Osaka and Nagoya. It is still a good memory.

     

    By the way, I’ve been still playing music with other friends in a band. I’m trying to be better though, my energy doesn’t last so long. Sometimes, I’m becoming nervous about our next concert. When I’m in a situation like that, I don’t only practice but I watch a movie to be inspired.

     

    A good movie makes my mind change and gives me good imagination. My favorite film director is Shuji Terayama. He is regarded as an avant-garde and the most productive and provocative creative artist by many critics. I have watched only 4 of his films. If I watched another one, I would be inspired and make 2 more songs. I should watch all of his works!

     

     

    教師より

    This was a good essay. The examples of what inspires you are very interesting.

     

    It’s quite funny when Japanese people ask me what type of Japanese music I like. I usually tell them it is music from the 1960s and 1970s. They become a bit surprised because I guess they expect me to answer that I like modern J pop or anime soundtracks.

     

    Shuji Terayama’s works are very imaginative and philosophical. Thank you for recommending his works. There are a few film makers that inspire me too. For instance, Jan Svankmajer, Jean Pierre Melville or the Brothers Quay.

     

    I’m usually inspired by creative people who are thoughtful about life.

    2017.09.13 Wednesday

    #177 Whether I would like to live in a foreign country and why / why not

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      こんにちは!

      暑さのピークも過ぎましたが、今年の夏はいかがお過ごしでしたか?

      私は夏らしいことができず夏が終わってしまい、何だか不完全燃焼気味です。しょんぼり

      ただ、これからは何をするにも良い季節です!

      夏にやり残した分、アクティブに過ごしたいです♪

       

      さて、「海外で暮らしてみたいと思いませんか?」って感じのタイトルですが

      誰もが一度は考えたことがあるのではないでしょうか?

      「自分なら英語でどう表現するだろう・・・」と考えながら読んでみると面白いと思います!

       

      "Whether I would like to live in a foreign country and why / why not"

       

       

      I would like to live in a foreign country. It’s my dream because we cannot truly understand a foreign country’s culture and life from only traveling. I want to know about a country more deeply. I think it is useful for the mutual understanding with foreigners.

      I learned cultural anthropology at university. My professor always said that understanding a foreign country’s culture requires living in that place for at least three years. He had been in Africa for seven years!

       

      I had been in Shimane, Miyagi, Ehime and Akita during my childhood. It gave me trouble because I was an introverted child.

      However, it was a great experience and that relieved the trouble. I learned new dialects, peculiar food (like a Tonburi, it is a food’s texture) in each district. I could see a lot of beautiful scenery in four seasons. And I could learn that many different cultural events occur in Japan.

       

      It’s my treasure, and I want to have more treasures in future from the great experience of living in a foreign country.

      That is why I want to live abroad.

      I have lots of ideas about the counties where I want to live, for example Ireland, Spain, Morocco, India, Cambodia... life is too short! And I have to make money and time!

       

       

      教師より

      Living abroad can be a great experience. It can also be challenging and exciting.

      I hope you can experience and realize your dream of living abroad.

       

      The countries you chose would be interesting to live in.

      I think the most challenging thing about living abroad can be the differences in thinking compared with your own culture.

      However, I think the positive points outweigh the negative points.

      2017.08.03 Thursday

      #176 If I could have only pet

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        こんにちは!

        気付けばもう8月、こんなに月日が流れるのが早く感じるのは私だけでしょうか・・・汗

         

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

        私は"bunnies"が大好きです!

        それでは、早速essayを紹介いたします!

         

        "If I could have only pet"

         

         

        I love penguins so much! Of course if I could have any pet, I’d choose penguin at first.

        They move in a very cute way and they also look cute. I’d be very happy when they are in the living room when I return from work.

        But, they need a big pool and a cold room. It’s difficult to live with penguins and maybe they don’t want to live with humans. They feel happy when they are in the sea with freedom.

         

        I also like cats. I didn’t like cats before. But I had been living with my sister two years ago. She has a black cat. He is called “Zigen” (It’s the name of a famous animation character from “Lupin the Third”.) He is capricious and cool, but when he feels lonely, he comes to my knee. I fell in love with him. Then, I started to love cats very much.

         

        Animals can heal us. I don’t have any pets now, but I want to live with cats someday. And if I can become very rich, I will build a big house. I would like to live with penguins!

         

        教師より

        Your essay is clear and even though there are grammar mistakes, the reader never gets confused.

         

        Having penguins as pets is a great choice! Have you ever seen “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”?

        By the way, I have cats so I exactly know what you mean. They sense people’s emotions and heal them.

         

        If you ever get that rich, please call me so we can play with penguins and watch “Lupin the Third” together!

        2017.06.20 Tuesday

        #175 Judging people by appearance

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          こんにちは!

          今月紹介させていただくessayは "Judging people by appearance" です。

          是非が分かれるtopicですが、皆様はいかがですか?

           

          I don’t think judging people by appearance is bad.

          I think that appearance shows our mindsets. We automatically express ourselves by using clothes, attitude, face expression etc.

          In my case, my first impression of someone doesn’t change only when I like the person at first. I may judge people by atmosphere, their clothes, face expression, etc.

          In society, manner is important, too. That means many people tend to judge other people by their appearances.

          At the same time, we control our appearances.

          I’d like to be a person who pulls off various styles. I think it’s effective in business life. And if I can do that, my life can be more colorful.

           

          教師より

          You have a good paragraph structure but I recommend you to state your opinion once again in the conclusion paragraph.

          You give good reasons to support your opinion and I agree with most of them.

          Of course this is a personal opinion and I’m a true believer of first impressions but sometimes “appearances are deceptive.” So, a person can look like a very good person but actually he can be a criminal. On the other hand, a homeless person can look very dirty and dangerous but he/she can turn out to be a very kind and sweet person. But still, we should pay attention to how we look like and use it in our advantage like you said.

          2017.05.20 Saturday

          #174 TOEFL Writing 1

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            こんにちは!

             

            本日紹介させていただくのは、TOEFLテストに向けlessonを受講されている生徒様のessayです。

            WILLのTOEFL Writingでは、TOEFLテストで求められるポイントを分類して、教師が丁寧に添削・採点しています。

             

            日本語の文章でも、順序立てて論理的に書くというのは大変です。これを時間内に英語で書くとなると、やはりたくさんの練習が必要ですね。

             

             

            "What is a very important skill a person should learn

            in order to successful in the world today? Choose one skill."

             

            In my opinion, what we have to learn is how to be polite.

            Although, some people would ask, “what is propriety?” I would like to raise three most important things to be appreciated as a “modest person,”.

            First, greetings. Second, be very responsible with your words, and third, do not do what you do not want done to you.

             

            Greeting is very important to maintain the relationship between your family, colleagues and friends. According to my mother, people who cannot greet properly are way worthless than someone who can greet. This statement sounds very extreme, though, it is true.

            When I said “Hi” to my ex-classmate, she ignored me and went into the classroom. I have never forgotten how I felt on that day, I felt unpleasant irritation and frustration, totally different from the stress from too much assignments examinations. I had been hating her since the day she ignored me. Therefore, a greeting has a great effect on someone and is the most basic way to be polite.

             

            Be very careful what you say. If you said something rude to your family or your friends, and you have forgotten, you will be in trouble. Even if you forgot what you referred about to your friend, he or she hardly forgets about this. Humans are more vindictive than the elephants, so we have to be very responsible for what have we spoken in order to retain a good relationship to the people around you.

             

            Do not do something you do not want done to you. If you have been treated badly, what would you think? You would feel frustrate, annoyed or lamented. When you did that to other people, you have hurt some people consciously or unconsciously. Thus you have to think about how you want to be treated and act accordingly.

             

            In conclusion, as long as we are polite, we can make a good relationship with the people around us.

             

             

            教師より

            Our conduct and polite manner is something we should all learn and maintain.

             

            I think regardless of the reactions of other people, if we maintain a good level of propriety, it speaks volumes about our personality.

             

            I concur that we should treat others how we would like to be treated. A polite character really helps form close relations with other people. Without this skill, co-operation would cease to exist.

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