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2008年9月のアーカイブ

J先生辞めちゃう!?

LinQ火曜定例の「The Ultimate Life」本読みディスカッション最後でのこと。チューターのJ先生より突然の悲しいお知らせが・・・ J先生は今月一杯でLinQを辞められるとのこと。めまいがするほどショックでした!

 J先生はLinQでの私のチューターで、プログレスレポート、作文添削をしてくださってました。LinQで最もactiveな先生で、私もスピーキングはほとんどすべてJ先生でした。経験豊か、とっても語り口調が穏やかで教え上手、褒め上手なのです。 以前作文添削を他の先生がされていたときは通りいっぺんで全然おもしろくなかったのに、J先生はちょっとした作文の内容についてのコメントをくれるんですよね。その意見を聞きたくてせっせと作文を書いていました。
 
 昨年の冬、あることで人生最大に悩んでいて、親友、母に相談しても全く答えがだせずに沈みこんでいた時。J先生に1on1カンバセーションでついポロッと悩み事をもらしてしまったところ、今までで一番的確で納得のいくアドバイスをくれたのです。 英語の勉強のみならず、J先生の影響はかなり大きかった!
 
 今までLinQひとすじ、浮気なんてまったく考えてなかったんだけどLinQをこれまでどおり続けるか思案中。J先生がいなくなったらLinQのスピーキングセクションは相当寂しい状況になりそう。

LingQ 英検ディスカッション3

LinQメンバー3人で月2回行っている英検ディスカッション第3回目のお題は英検の過去問から”When future generations look back on this era, for what will they praise and/or criticize us?” でした。今回はしっかりとした原稿は準備せず、exampleの2例だけ考えてぶっつけ本番で臨んでみたのですが、結果はかなりイマイチ。結構話したつもりなんだけど結局1分40秒!しかも結語がはっきりしなかったため、話し終わった後に沈黙が・・・。”もしかして終わった?”と言われてしまいましたܤ

エンディングでは、イントロで言ったことを言葉をかえて言い直すこと!頭の中ではわかってるんだけど実際はなかなか言葉が出てこないですね~。ディスカッションの時にいろいろ注意されたことを踏まえて作文を提出しました。いつも”the”を忘れることが多いんだけど、今回は余計な”the”が一杯・・・・作文の採点基準は分からないけど、1点ずつどんどん引かれていくんでしょうね~。あんまり余計なことを書かないほうが得策?

In the 20th century, the world has changed drastically because of the new technology.
The new technologies have been a boon to us. However, the future generations find the dichotomy between what the good and the bad it brought us.

One of the most important events the future generations will appreciate is that humans explored space and set foot on the moon. It was the dawn of the new space age, and the future generations will praise us not only for the progress of the technology, but the courage to go to space.

On the other hand, the new technology brought us the nuclear weapons. TheNuclear nuclear power in and of itself is not a problem, but how we used it was a big problem. The nuclear bomb was used during the World War II, and tens of millions of people suffered from it. The future generations will criticize us for not to considerconsidering the future consequence of using it.

It will be good for us to think from the future point of view to make our lives better. When the future generations look back on this era, they will appreciate for the technological progress such as the space exploration, but they will criticize us for the misuse of technology at the same time.

LingQディスカッション

金曜夜に楽天、LinQでおつきあいさせて頂いているなぼむしさんやPotato Momさん、Emikoさんと英検対策についてのディスカッションがありました。なぼむしさんが英検対策ノートを公表してくださったうえ、実際役に立ったwebsiteも教えてもらってとても為になりました。

インターネットの情報が溢れるなか、みなさん本当にあちこち探索されてますよね。英語学習者さんたちのブログにはお世話になりっぱなしです。インターネットツール、オンライン辞書やオンライン英会話など、自分でネットサーフィンするより遥かに効率的にいいものに出会える気がします。いつも情報をもらいっぱなしで申し訳ないڤ そのうち自分でもいい情報を発信できるようになりたいな。

I enjoyed the Eiken discussion yesterday. As Naomi passed the grade one test last year, I could learn from her how to get information and organize them it for the test. I was impressed by her notebooks. Her handwriting was neat and the articles were well-organized. I’m sloppy about doing things. I have to learn from her.

I started reading “The Economist” magazine to prepare for the writing section. I was not interested in economy and politics so far beforebuthave felt an urge to study them these days.
Most of the news and articles on the internet are free. However, I pay for the magazine because I can take it wherever I go. It gives me not only the facts, but useful perspective on the various issues. I respect that and want to pay for it. I hope I can understand the world issues better than now and have considerable insight by reading this magazine.

The blogs of English learners are useful, too. I used to spend hours on the internet browsing through websites, but I realized that it was time consuming. I check the LinQ members blogs regularly these days and get useful information from them. I enjoy the reports on various study methods, observe observing how it works they work. I try the methods if it works for a lot of people. This is how I came to know LinQ, Audible, and Pod casts. Thanks to the internet, I can get the most effective tools and methods to prepare for the test.
Preparing for the test is arduous work, but I will never come to think of learning political issues in English. This is my biggest chance to improve my quality of life inby leaps and bounds.

I’m a recipient of information now, but someday I’d like to be the one who can put out the useful information for the world.

How to contribute to the discussion.

もう英語関係のノウハウ本を買うのはよそう!と思っていたのに、また買ってしまった・・・。中村澄子さんの「時間がない人ほど英語は上達する」です。

I was inspired by a book the other day. The book was written by a Japanese woman who earned her MBA degree at Yale university. She was a housewife when she started studying English. She had a young boy and a husband, but decided to go to America by herself.

The main story of this book is how to use time efficiently to study English. As a efficacy addict myself, there was nothing new to me. However, there was one thing that appealed to me. It was “How to behave in a discussion”. She participated in many discussions in America, and had a lot of presentations there. When Japanese people participate in a discussion, they are very quiet. On the other hand, foreign people try to speak as much as they can. In Japan, subordinate staffs are not supposed to speak in a discussion. We prefer to speak in descending order. American people think it is important to contribute to the discussion. This “contribute” idea is totally new to me.

Furthermore, there is a big difference in speaking style. Japanese people take air their time before answering questions and speak slowly. It is considered to be thoughtful. If a person speaks without a break, he/she is considered to be a rattlebrain. The author said it is important to speak rhythmically and respond quickly in America especially in a business meeting.

I thought it must be rude to speak in a discussion if I was not asked to speak. I realized that I should contribute to the discussion by offering my opinion in a positive way.

エール大学に単身留学しMBAを取得した著者の学習法です。効率的に時間を捻出する、という方法にはあまり目新しさはなかったんだけど、大学でのプレゼンテーションやディスカッションでの態度について参考にするべき事があって購入してしまいました。

ディスカッションの時に自分が発言することでグループに「貢献」する・・・というのは目から鱗でした。LinQのディスカッションでも、チューターさんから尋ねられもしないのにベラベラ喋るのは気がひけてました。日本人メンバーさんのみだと、お互いに譲り合って自然に順序よく話す雰囲気ですけど、外国の方がいらっしゃるといつ口をはさんでいいのか悩むんですよね。なかなか口を差し挟めないので、外国の方と一緒のディスカッションでは一番に話始めるように心がけるようにしてます。

Smoking issue.

今朝のLinQディスカッションで”タバコの税金を上げるべきか”について話し合いました。海外のかたが2名参加予定だったのですが、英検を目的としたディスカッションという趣旨を理解していなかったようで、直前キャンセルされてしまいました・・・。直前キャンセルにも拘らず払い戻ししてもらったっていうし、釈然としません。4人で1時間喋れるし、海外の方の意見も聞けると思って楽しみにしていたので残念!
9月21日(日)にあと1名空きがあるのでLinQメンバーでどなたか参加を希望される方はいらっしゃいませんか?

“タバコを1箱1000円に”という案に対しては喫煙者、非喫煙者の立場から、または経済問題として、個人の嗜好という考え方から、などいろんな意見があり面白いtopicだと思います。

Should the government raise tax on tobacco in order to prevent and reduce smoking?
I did some research for today’s discussion for on the tobacco issues. I didn’t have much interest on in tobacco issue because I don’t smoke. Everyone knows that tobacco does harm to our health. However, it is interesting to know that not everyone agrees with raising the tax to reduce smoking rate.

Japan has a relatively high smoking rate among the developed countries. The smoking rate is 40% for males and 11.3% for females. The number of young female smokers is increasing. It is said that 5,000,000 people die because of tobacco all over the world all over the world die because of tobacco. There are 110,000 deaths caused by tobacco in Japan. Smoking causes various kinds of cancers, ischemic heart diseases, strokes and so on. It is said that there are 160,000 of preventable strokes160,000 strokes could be prevented by stopping smoking here in Japan. Passive exposure to tobacco smoke damages non-smokers, too. Besides, a lot of taxes are spent on smokers who is are suffering by from smoking related diseases. Smoking does harm not only to our health but also damages the economy. We have to do something to prevent people from smoking.

There is a plan to raise the price of tobacco. In Japan, tobacco costs less than three dollars whereas it costs more than 8 dollars in Europe. Some politicians plan to raise the price to 10 dollars in the near future. The government raised the price of tobacco by 20 yen in 2003. The smoking rate was dropped by 6% after that. It was influential especially for young people. By raising the tax on tobacco by 7 dollars, the smoking rate will plummet. There are several actions to prevent smoking by providing restrictions on advertisement advertising and vending machines. The effectiveness of these actions is not sufficient. I think raising tobacco prices will bring have a massive impact on smokers.

What will the government do with the raised tax extra revenue? The last time the government raised tax in 2003, it is said that the money was spent on making up the deficit of a railway company. I think that the money should be used to educate young people not to smoke, to help smokers to stop smoking, and subsidise tobacco farmers to make grow another crop. 

There will be many controversial opinions about raising tax on tobacco especially from smokers and tobacco companies. We have to think of the best way to reduce smoking because it causes vast damages massive damage to our society.

思いついたままにつらつらと書き連ねていたら390字になってしまいました! 200字で収めるようにしないといけませんね。

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