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19/09/2017 Continuing and fruitless efforts

When you have seen your efforts come to nothing repeatedly, you will get used to it, so that you will find it easy to make efforts. 努力が報われないことになれると、気楽に努力ができるようになる。

18/09/2017 Theory and practice

There are many things which are feasible in theory but which cannot be done for some reason I don't know. Nothing is more frustrating than them, I guess. 理論的には実行可能なのに、よくわからない理由で実際には実行できないことがたくさんある…

17/09/2017 Do you know what I mean?

I sometimes find myself wondering what it is like to be living a life with a sense of imminent death.時々死が差し迫っている感覚を持って生きるのはどういう感じなのかと思っていることがある。

16/09/2017 In one's teens

While many renowned philosophers are said to have begun their philosophical endeavour in their teens, all I remember doing in my teens is to play tennis every day. 10代の時に哲学を始めたと言われる有名な哲学者は多いが、私が10代でやったと覚…

15/09/2017 What I (don't) do when I choose a book for my father.

As a student, I find it difficult to buy a book for my father as a present. But I have had to do it several times because he wants me to. It seems that I have managed to figure out what to do and what not to do when choosing my father a bo…

14/09/2017 How to learn English sentences by heart

I have a textbook about English writing which tells me to write a process paragraph: that is, a paragraph about a process for doing something successfully. As I have never succeeded in anything remarkable, this task bothers me very much. Y…

13/09/2017 My sleeping routine

Lately, I have had difficulty in getting to sleep and wanted to deal with it. It sometimes occurs when the seasons are changing. I checked several websites and read books about it and most of them tell me that it is advisable to establish …

12/09/2017 How I prepared for a graduate school entrance exam.

I quit a company in March 2015, and I passed the entrance examination in July. How did I prepare for it? First, I contacted the professor who would be my supervisor and asked him to tell me what books I should read before I could be sure I…

11/09/2017 An act of hospitality

I would like to write about an act of hospitality that I experienced one day. I went to a Korean barbeque restaurant in Shibuya with some of my friends. After that, one of us said she wanted to eat chips. So I recalled a bar where we could…

10/09/2017 An ideal teacher

A good English teacher for me is a teacher who not only gives a meaningful lecture but also escorts his or her students as they study English. For example, these teachers make a study plan for each of the students in the light of their goa…

09/09/2017 On writing about a person

I am hard pressed to write an article about a famous person or a talent I know. This assignment was given to me in a textbook of English writing. It is not that I cannot think of such a person, but that I cannot make a summary about them. …

英語誤訳指摘5 Everyone Has an Accent Except Me (Esling, 1999) / 構文把握のプラチカ(福井振一郎・荻田裕 著)

『構文把握のプラチカ』(福井振一郎・荻田裕 著)p.31に、京都工芸繊維大学の過去問として、Language Mythsという本のなかにある、Eslingによる章Everyone Has an Accent Except Meのなかの一節が引用されています。問題にしたいのは以下の英文です。 The c…

08/09/2017 B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner is a psychologist whose work I believe is worth respecting. He was a behaviourist. Behaviourism is a school of psychology. Behaviourists believe that it is necessary that psychologists only use data that can be obtained objec…

07/09/2017 On being famous

I have a textbook about English writing by Oxford, which put this question to me: "What makes people famous?" At first glance, It seems to me that being famous is being known to more people than you know. But there is surely more to it tha…

06/09/2017 London

London is a city that I want to visit again. It is the capital of the U.K., and I hear that most Japanese pronounce it wrong. I visited it when I was sixteen, without knowing how to pronounce the name correctly. Sadly, I don't remember muc…

05/09/2017 A notebook

I have a notebook by Rhodia. It's so small that you can carry it in your pocket. Its cover is orange. The logo is written in black. It contains 80 sheets. Each sheet is white and squared and has perforations so that it can be torn off easi…

04/09/2017 A Grammar

I have an English grammar book called A New Guide To English Grammar. I feel attached to it. I bought it when I was sixteen. At that time, I respected and had confidence in a teacher. One day, he advised me to buy a grammar which would hel…

03/09/2017 Summer had gone before I knew.

Summer has gone, or at least, so it seems. It has been fairly cold for several days. Higurashi is a kind of cicada which is known to sing towards the end of summer. I heard them singing yesterday. Summer is over, to my unspeakable joy. 夏…

02/09/2017 Luck and fit

Lucky is the word, I believe. Lately, I have wanted to rebuild my wardrobe. My clothes are mostly what I bought about five years ago, so I think it would be appropriate to replace them with gear which enables me to look my age. I looked fo…

01/09/2017 What to teach?

What to teach? When you are a teacher on a one-on-one basis, this question, which at first sight might not seem difficult, is one of the most difficult that can be asked. For a teacher on a one-on-one basis has to strike a balance between …

31/08/2017 Comrades

For me, the word comrade has a special ring to it. I encountered it when I was reading a novel called Animal Farm by Geroge Orwell. It was recommended by an English teacher for English learners who want to enhance their reading skill. It m…

30/08/2017 Back to the ordinary days

I was insanely busy recently. In the last semester, I had three university courses. Two of them set a reading assignment each week. And I was the teaching assistant for two undergraduate classes. As I say, I have the part-time job of teach…

29/08/2017 On taking care of others (Part1)

Is life meaningless? I wrote an article about a philosophical paper about a year ago. The paper is written by a philosopher who once suffered from depression. He is now interested in the mental disorder and tackles such questions as "What …

28/08/2017 A resolution and freedom

Sometimes I come near being overwhelmed by the feeling that I will keep living this way through the rest of my life. Every time this happens, I make the same decision that I made a few years ago, the decision to live as a student of philos…

27/08/2017 Listening to English

It is difficult to listen to and understand English. Since the day when it was decided that I would give an individual presentation at an international conference I have been working on English pronunciation and English listening. As to En…

26/08/2017 A movie

やっぱり英語で日記は書きたいので、再開します。聞いたことのない構文や表現は使わないという条件で。短くなるべく正確に書く感じにしたい。一応意図した日本語も載せます。 Today, I saw a movie called Sekigahara. It is about a great war in 1600 whic…

独学で英語を勉強しすぎたようである。

英語の力を上げる・保つということをずっと心がけてきた。大学入学当時からずっと頑張っているので、7年ほどになるか。特に最近は、英語で論文を書きたいという気持ちが強くなったので、知らない単語や熟語が出てきたら調べてメモ帳にまとめリスト化し、その…

05082017 Some advertisements for game apps

Some banner ads for game applications are wrong. I mean that they cannot serve the purpose. I think people play game apps mainly in order to kill time. If so, the advertisements for them have to characterize them as appropriate for those w…

04082017 On being drowsy

One of the pleasures of learning foreign languages is to find words which cannot be translated directly into Japanese. The adjective drowsy is one of such words, I think. When you are drowsy, you are basically sleepy. But being drowsy is d…

03082017 Habituated to English

I am now studying German with a grammar book by Sekiguchi Tsugio. He says in this book that English is one of those languages which you can learn not so much by studying it as by getting used to it. So, he continues, when you want to maste…

02082017 A record on how I waste my time

It is nine p.m. Today I got up this morning at around 8:30 so I have been awake for at least 12 hours. But I have done very little, or better almost nothing. It is true that I offered two lessons today, each of which was 1.5 hours, so they…

01082017 How to improve English writing

The encounter with this book was quite shocking. 和文英訳の修業 作者: 佐々木高政 出版社/メーカー: 文建書房 発売日: 1981/01 メディア: 単行本 購入: 18人 クリック: 239回 この商品を含むブログ (35件) を見る The author says that only if you lear…

31/07/2017 On the difficulty of doing philosophy

I once majored in psychology. It is a discipline which intends to be a science, whatever is understood by the term. So, when I began to specialise in it, the instructors trained us students in conducting the psychological research in the r…

30/07/2017 "Never drink alcohol," says Nietzsche, but I will.

Never drink alcohol. According to the video below, this is one of the recommendations which Friedrich Nietzsche formulated. youtu.be He maintains, according to this video, that a truly meaningful life is one driven by your envy. Envious fe…

29/07/2017 Tunes to remind you of the days past

This morning I casually began to watch a video on YouTube, which was a TED talk, only to be reminded of my past days which I wish I hadn't remembered. Some of you might know that TED talks start with a particular tune. This tune did the tr…

28/07/2017 Making a habit. Breaking a habit.

When it comes to building a successful career, habits seem to play an important role. Successful philosophers are said to have an astounding habit. A philosopher is said to have been a habit of writing every morning an essay of at least fo…

27/07/2017 Thinking in English

There is a Japanese philosopher called Hiromatsu Wataru. He is one of the few Japanese philosophers who are world famous. As is often the case with great scholars, I had some anecdotes about him told by a professor. Of particular note was …

26/07/2017 The difficulty of listening

When I was a clinical psychology major and had an intention to be a clinical psychologist, I got trained in listening to other people. You may be surprised. Why is training necessary just to listen? The truth is, we are never going to be a…

25/07/2017 An anxiety

Lately, I have been concerned about my work. I am an English teacher on the one-on-one basis. I used to teach a class but having been convinced by the present supervisor that I am better cut out for the individual lesson, I am no longer en…

24/07/2017 That's why I have got no time.

It is a blessing to have something to live for and to be in an environment that enables you to make efforts to attain it. Nowadays there seem to be few people who have the former, but fewer still have the latter. My family moved to another…

23/07/2017 Attitudes

There are myriads of books about how to study English. This reflects the extent to which Japanese people are interested in the language but I think it has gone so far as to make them need a guidebook about how to choose which book to buy. …

21/07/2017 A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES

Chester Bennington has committed suicide. www.tmz.com He was a leading singer of a band called Linkin Park. I have been a big fan of them and their music ever since I listened to their first work, Hybrid Theory. I was 15 years old. I am no…

20/07/2017 Wondering whether the future is now

A few weeks ago, a professor said that the best way to be well-informed on a field is to give a lecture on it. When it comes to delivering one, you have to prepare for it. Your preparation has to be as perfect as possible so that you can a…

19/07/2017 About Grammarly

Grammarly is one of the many online services with which you can have your English checked. Not the least of its beauties is that it gives you a weekly summary of your English writing activity. You can see how many words you wrote, how many…

18/07/2017 Practicing yoga at home by myself

Being a philosopher means leading a sedentary life. Concentration on the book or the article I am reading prevents me from paying attention to my posture. Consequently, I often suffer from a stiff neck. It is so serious that sometimes I ca…

17/07/2017 Fatigue out of nowhere

I am in low spirits today. I had a good night's sleep last night. I had regular meals today. But I am sort of depressed, and suffering from what can be called fatigue out of nowhere. When I tried to explain this feeling, this phrase, the f…

16/07/2017 Education of philosophy

"My experiences have convinced me that even if we encounter a sentence we cannot make sense of, we will understand it with iterative attempts. So never get tired of re-reading." This remark of a philosophy professor was reassuring. He is a…

15/07/2017 What's my age again? 選択と年齢

私が哲学者になることを決めたのは25歳の時である。高校生の時に心理学者になると決めていたのだが、大学院で学んだ心理学に失望し、就活をして、「なんかこいつ面白そう」と思ってくれた会社から内定をもらった。その入社一年目で私は哲学者になることに決…

14/07/2017 The Pronunciation of English

It was when I was around 20 that I realized that I had to learn how to pronounce English properly. I was working as an English teacher, so my pronunciation had to be more or less correct. So I went to the library and found a book about the…

13/07/2017 Becoming a short sleeper

Becoming a short sleeper. It's been my dream for ages. But the dream has never been realized so far. And my past experiences have suggested to me that I will never be. My body loves a long sleep. In the first place, the reason I dreamed to…