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2009年5月のアーカイブ

Piles of Books

5月3日の日記の英語版。

Piles of Books to be Read.

I’ve been reading English books for pleasure for 3 years. I have a propensity of for stockpiling books. During these years, I’ve bought more books than I could read. I suspect that I enjoy buying books more than reading them. During Golden Week, I piled them up on the table to see how many unread books I’ve hoarded. I was hit by an avalanche after I took a keepsake picture of piled books. I’m sure it was a scathing rebuke from the books. There are 36 books to be read.

I’ve read 105 books so far, but the more I read, the more I want to read. I practiced the skimming technique to read fast. It worked well for my academic reading. It took 3 weeks to read an academic paper when I started my PhD course a year ago. Now, I can read 1 or 2 of them in a day.

I think the fast reading technique takes the fun off from fun out of my pleasure reading reading for pleasure. When I started reading English books, I could read 100 words per minute. Although it increased 2.5 fold times, I don’t think it’s sufficient fast enough. I hope I can read all the books that I want in my life time!

チューターの先生からのコメント” About speed-reading, I don’t think you can speed-read for pleasure. It would be like driving a car only looking at the signposts: you would get there but you wouldn’t have a lot of fun doing it.”  こんな風に表現できたらなぁ! まさに私が言いたかったことを、例えを用いて表現してくれました。ストンと納得できた感じです。

The pros and cons of running your own business.

先週のonline英検クラスの英作文。pros and consというお題で書くのは初めて。

2分という制限のなかで、賛成意見と反対意見を述べてから自分の意見をまとめるというのはなかなか難しい。結論をサポートするのに十分な意見ではないけれども、制限時間を考えるとそれぞれ1個ずつでしょうか。

もし自分の結論が~に反対、というのであれば最初に賛成案、次に反対案を述べて、結論に反対案を述べる、自分の結論が~に賛成というのであれば、その反対の順番で意見を述べるのが良いそうです。

Running one’s own business is a big issue for everyone because it has both positive and negative aspects. Some people  think it is risky, and others might think it is a fascinating experience. I think running my own business is risky and I would rather choose working for  a company. I’ll explain why I think this way.  The positive aspect of running my own business is that I can decide how long I spend time for how much time I spend on my business. Women’s  work style styles will change can be changed according  to  their lifestyle lifestyles, so it will would be good to be an entrepreneur, as . As they can decide their working style by themselves. The time management will be  easier.   The negative aspect of running my own business is that I have to pay money to start my business  at first. Since I can’t predict whether my new business will be good or bad, to  invest my precious money and time will be risky. I’ve heard the statistics  that 8 out of every 10 new businesses will  fail in their first 5  years. Considering these statistics, my  precious money will be at stake when I fail.   In conclusion, I prefer working for a company to start starting a new business. I am a risk-averse person when it comes  to business. I’ll I would try if I knew my  business will would go well in the future,  but it is impossible to predict. I think it’s better for me not to start my a new business.


これでタイトルを含めて246字、読み上げるとちょうど2分でした。自分の意見をきちんと表明するには物足りない感じです。

hypothetical situation のwouldを間違えて全部willにしてしまいました 気をつけていないと非常にしばしば間違えます。残念!

並列読書

 あまりにも未読本が増えてきたので、今月から並列読書をすることにしました。今までは、1冊の本が終わるまでじっくり読んでいたのですが、厚めの本になると1か月以上かかるので、薄めの本と厚い本を同時進行することに決定。

 今まで語数を稼ぐために大物狙いで薄い本は持っていなかったのですが、うさぎの春子さんから多読本を譲って頂きまして・・・。ほんっとにありがたいです。The Baby Sitters Clubという11歳の女の子の日常を描いたシリーズもの。平易な英語で書かれた本を読んでいると、自分でも英語を書きたい気持ちがムクムクと湧いてくるのが不思議です。

 もう1冊は大地の子エイラシリーズの3冊目。こちらは分厚いので1か月以上かかりそうです。この本はLingQのディスカッションでご一緒した方のお勧めです。以前ハマッたThe Pillars of the EarthもLingQディスカッションで話題になった本だったし、LingQの学習者さんたちに勧められた本は当たりが多いような気がします。

 そしてもう1冊はThe Life of Pi。この本は週1回Book club discussion で読み合わせ。1回に10ページくらいしか進まないので半年以上かかりそうです。毎回本の内容について話し合うのがとっても楽しみ♪

 Audibleのウィッシュリストにも聞きたいオーディオブックが溜まってきています・・・。ありがたいことに、最近聞きとれるオーディオブックが増えてきて、選択肢が広がりました!最初のころは、サンプルを聞いて聴き取れそうなオーディオブックを探すのが大変だったので、聞きたいオーディオブックを選べるというのは嬉しい限りです。読むより聞くほうが断然ラクですしね。月2本のダウンロード会員なのですが、こちらには10本溜まっています。頑張って消化せねば!

Japanese Mask Culture

日本人とマスクの関係についての英作文。外国人は公共の場でマスクをしている日本人にギョッとするらしいですね。日本滞在経験のある外国人が、”街中医者だらけ?疫病?”と申しておりました。”そんなわけないじゃん!”と思ったけど何人かから同じような感想を聞いたので、世界的にみておかしいのは日本人のほうなのかも。

Japanese Mask Culture

I was watching the swine flu news on TV this morning. A Japanese TV reporter interviewed people in N.Y and  asked why they didn’t wear surgical masks. I think there is  a cultural difference about wearing masks between nations.

When  foreign people read a guidebook of Japan, they will see religious, mysterious, and exotic masks of Japanese culture. In fact, the  most  famous masks in our culture is a are surgical masks in winter.

I’ve heard that when foreigners come to Japan, they are all surprised that a considerable number of Japanese people wear surgical masks in public. Foreigners wonder if  they are all health workers even though they don’t look like doctors or  nurses at all. Japanese people wear masks not because there is a pandemic of flu very winter. There are several reasons.

Firstly, when Japanese people catch a cold, they wear masks not to spread to avoid spreading viruses to public. Wearing a mask when having a cold is considered to be etiquette good manners.

Secondly, Japanese people wear masks to fend off viruses not to catch to avoid catching cold. In spring, people who are suffering from hay fever wear masks not to inhale to avoid inhaling allergic pollen. It is said that about Since an estimated 20% of Japanese have hay fever, it is likely that many people wear masks in spring.

Thirdly, some of my colleagues wear masks not to spread out their  noxious bad breath when they’ve got drunk the previous night. I believe presume that people who wear masks even in summer and autumn have bad breath and try to avoid them.

There are variety of masks available in drugstores. The N-95 mask is for a professional use in hospitals but sold for laypeople. There  are also lovely anime character masks for children and young ladies,  aroma oil impregnated masks to comfort stresses reduce stress, an innovative mask for those wearing glasses not to builds to avoid building up condensation to on glasses when breathing . These masks are were invented not only to fend off viruses, but enjoy mask wearing lives to help people to enjoy wearing a mask. Thanks to these masks, wearing masks in public is widely accepted in Japan.

I’ve heard that only Japanese tourists wear masks in N.Y even though there is swine flu ongoing going around. The Japanese tourists said they felt embarrassed by being looking at. If the flu pandemic comes to Japan, I assume every Japanese person will willingly wear a mask because we’ve already have brilliant mask culture. I’d like to recommend people living abroad to wear a Japanese mask. Once you wear it one, it will fit comfortably to your face, and you’ll never want to give it up.

未読本

次に読む本を物色するついでに、あちこちに散らばっていた積読本 ”これから読む予定の本”をまとめてみました。

ちょっと衝撃的だったので、記念写真を一枚・・・ このグラグラ感をお伝えできればいいのですが!

未読本.jpeg

これ、今まで読んだ本じゃなくって未読本です  ひぇ~。知らないうちに凄いことになってました。最初のうちは~、いつかペーパーバックが読めるようになったら・・・という期待、憧れを込めて、読みたい本をすこーしずつ集めていたのです。すこーしずつ、すこーしずつ、4年たつ間にこんなことになってしまいました。 Amaz〇nのウィッシュリストにも読みたい本がいっぱいなのですが、まずはこの本たちをやっつけなければ

人生は短い・・・。つまらない本にかかわっている時間はない!面白くない本はどんどん投げよう!と再決意したのでした。

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