2018.01.18 Thursday

#180 "The Government should highly tax things that are bad for us such as cigarettes and alcohol." Do you agree?

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    遅ればせながらですが、あけましておめでとうございます!

    2018年もWILL ENGLISH SCHOOLをよろしくお願いいたします。

     

    今年最初に紹介させていただくessayは、「ギクリ」とされる方もいらっしゃるかもしれないtopicです。

    "Things bad for us"については、議論が尽きることが無いのではないでしょうか。

    皆様はどう思いますか?

     

     

    “The Government should highly tax things that are bad for us such as cigarettes and alcohol.” Do you agree?

     

    Yes, I do to a certain extent because cigarettes or strong liquor aren’t necessary for most people. Those who are eager to smoke cigarettes or to drink alcohol can pay, even if they are expensive. And a high price of cigarettes can work as a deterrent for potential heavy smokers.

     

    Things that are bad for us should include things that are bad for the environment. Imposing a heavier tax on oil fuel leads to less consumption of oil and we can expect to delay global warming.

     

    However, I hope that beer and wine are lightly taxed. They are essential for so many people to enjoy their lives.

     

     

    教師より

    You stated some good reasons why ‘things that are bad for us’ should be highly taxed.

     

    Actually, the example you wrote about imposing a high tax on cigarettes worked in New Zealand and Norway. For example in NZ a carton of cigarettes (20) costs 1,530 yen and in Norway 1,324 yen. That really helped reduce the number of smokers in both countries.

     

    I also think fast food should be highly taxed. I wish ‘health foods’ had a lower tax too.

    2017.12.12 Tuesday

    #179 What kind of volunteer work would be interesting for you?

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      こんにちは!

      街はすっかりクリスマスムードで、2017年も最後の月になりましたね。

      今年もたくさんの方にブログを読んでいただき、ありがとうございました!

      来年も、1つでも多くのessayを紹介したい思っていますので、引き続きお付き合いいただけると幸いです。

       

      先日、ICAN=核兵器廃絶国際キャンペーン がノーベル平和賞を受賞し、授賞式では、広島で被爆したサーロー節子さんが演説されました。

      サーローさんのメッセージは世界中に発信され、多くの人々の心を動かしたと思います。

      今回紹介させていただくessayは、世界に平和の大切さを伝えるボランティア活動しておられる生徒様のものです。

      英語を道具として、大きな目的を果たされている姿勢に、とても感銘をうけましたので、ぜひ皆様も読んでみてください。

       

       

      "What kind of volunteer work would be interesting for you?"

       

      I’m interested in the volunteer work which is useful for people and also an inspiring one.

       

      For such reason, I belong to HIP, Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace.

      HIP is a group of volunteer interpreters and guides who are trying to send out peace messages to people all over the world.

      Mainly, HIP members guide at Peace Memorial Park in English responding to requests from various groups and organizations from abroad. It is non-profit private organization that does not belong to any political groups, or religious organization.

       

      Most of the members are so eager to study and steady. Also, they have the same sense of value as mine that it wouldn’t be enough if we try to just tell the tragedy as an “A-bomb attack and its victims’ story” to guests.

      In World War , we were not only victims, but also we were the aggressor. We need to have this sort of sensibility especially for Asian guests.

       

      HIP is slated to hold a meeting once a month. We have a lecture or a study meeting on that day. When an offer to HIP comes in, the staff members inform us and arrange guides and assistants in charge.

      Some guests are in hurry with their tight schedule while others are so interested and take much time with us. In any case, I think it might be their first and last experience visiting Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Our responsibility must be high.

       

      How appropriately can we tell our guests the facts on 6th August in 1945? How can we support them to feel the real suffering, grief and anger of victims? How can we hand down the victims’ prayer for World Peace to them? Time left for us is going to be up. Every year, the survivors are dying.

       

      I’m a newcomer at HIP. Recently, I made up my mind to challenge myself to be an assistant guide on 13th May. I’m very nervous whether I could do well on that day with getting eye-contact with all of my guests or not. I know I need to acquire the ability of correct pronunciation and to learn how to speak in appropriate way. Studying to get such knowledge is my pleasure and also, inspires me a lot.

       

       

      教師より

      It’s great that you volunteer for a cause which interests you and also enables you to use your English and communication skills. You are a very good talker, that’s why I don’t think you should be worried.

      I wish I had the abilities required for the volunteer work I want to do like you. I would like to volunteer for wildlife in Africa but I’m not brave enough I believe the most challenging part of your volunteer work must be telling those horrible times.

      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!

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