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.

      2018.03.10 Saturday

      #181 Do you trust your government?

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        育った環境、本人の経済的状況により、ものの見方、考え方が
        違って当たり前、単純に割り切れないトピックかもしれませんが、
        選挙権を持つ主権者ならば、自分の意見が言えることは大切では
        ないでしょうか。

        日本語ではよく耳にされたヴォルテールの名言、
        “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
        を今一度忘れないようにしたいものです。

         

        Do you trust your government?

         

        I don't trust my government.

         

         Before the election they told us  their promises, but I never

        heard that they wanted to change our government.

         

        When they try to change something,many people agree or

        disagree,so they can't make a decision immediately.

         

        In addition, I heard a lot about governmental activities on

        TV,but most of them are "lies".

         

        There is a big "dark power "behind our government.
        So I can't trust our government easily.

        ------------------------------------------------
        (教師から)
        You have every reason not to believe or trust your

        government."Politics" is just a fancy name they use 
        for lies. 

         

        There are some transparent governments in the world 
        that they don't lie to their people but unfortunately our

        governments are not in that list.

         

        I don't trust   my government either and I don't think I will

        ever be able to do so. 

         

        I believe almost every country has its own"deep state" 
        and as people, we are being fooled everyday.

        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.

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