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.

          2017.04.09 Sunday

          #173 Is the taboo on recreational drugs justified?

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            こんにちは!

             

            桜も満開に咲き誇り、すっかり春らしい陽気になりましたね。

            道を歩いていると、新しい制服やスーツに身を包んで歩く人々につい目が留まります。

            私は4月になっても特に変化のない生活ですが、何だかソワソワとする季節ですニコッ

             

             

            "Is the taboo on recreational drugs justified?"

            Recreational drugs mean the substances used for enjoyment rather than for a medical purpose. The term is generally applied to alcohol, barbiturates, amphetamines, THC, PCP, cocaine, and heroin but also includes caffeine in coffee and cola beverages.

             

            As this word covers a large area, I’d say No, on the illicit drugs. They must not be justified because they create a high level of dependency and very often they lead to disaster or crime.

            On the other hand, I’d say Yes, in the case of coffee and cola, for being quite harmless to other people.

             

            Recreational drugs are the matter for which we shouldn’t depend on as a personal choice. I believe that there is no right to keep them in society. In Japan, illegal herbs (or dangerous drugs) have been increasing since the number of arrests until 2014. There were many serious traffic accidents caused by users of such drugs.

             

            As the regulations became tightened dangerous drugs are mostly extinct and the number of arrests with THC developed again 2015, the Metropolitan Police Department reported .

            In criminal cases, it indicated that cases of theft are reduced by 10% compared with the previous year, 11.5% reduced for the number of murder cases, setting the lowest record after World War . On the contrary, drug crime tends to increase.

             

            There is no room for justifying recreational drugs that are harmful. nothing justifies illegal drugs, even though some claim that they have a right to enjoy themselves. We should not make excuses for using drugs just to entertain us though it’s nothing new and there has to be regulations in place.

             

            教師より

            You’ve made some valid reasons why recreational drugs should be restricted. Especially when they are to the detriment of the health care industry and people in society.

             

            It’s quite sad but not surprising that the distribution of drugs and violent crime occur in poor urban areas of some cities in North and South America.

             

            It is said that when the black panther movement flourished in the U.S the C.I.A was involved in supplying drugs to those areas to subdue the black population. Freedom of people and anti war sentiments are a deterrent after all.

             

            Some people say Marijuana can be used for medical purposes or recreationally. However that may give reason to use other drugs and cause a lot of health problem even though statistically the users are less prone to violence.

             

            I must admit, I really like coffee so that’s quite difficult to give up.

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