英語

13/12/2017 How the overconfident die

I think I am about to see how the overconfident die. It seems safe to say that the more overconfident you are, the less confidence people around you have in you. For they work according to a higher standard. Thus, the overconfident are den…

12/12/2017 The end of the year and alcohol

Towards the end of the year, there will be more and more occasions when I am supposed to drink alcohol. I want never to drink it again because it always upsets my stomach or causes problems in my gut these days. I will attempt to refuse to…

11/12/2017 Dead tired on arrival

I am dead tired. I have been busy all this while since the funeral. My health may be breaking down from continuous overwork. I do want to go to bed early tonight, but you have to be an efficient worker in order to go to bed early, and in o…

10/12/2017 Omnipotence

One of the dangerous aspects of teaching on a one-to-one basis is that you can take advantage of the students’ naivety and deceive them (and yourself) into trusting every single word you say and your proficiency. The worst part of this is …

09/12/2017 On resisting a temptation

Since I was bitterly wounded due to an article of mine in which I pointed out many a mistranslation made by another author, I wrote another article the other day and declared in it that I would never have anything to do with those who mana…

08/12/2017 Looking back on 2017

The end of the year drawing near, I feel like looking back on the articles that I wrote this year. But I'm at a loss how to do it because my blog is full of gloomy and sarcastic sentences. They make my blog all the more unpleasant even for…

07/12/2017 A legendary teacher

I was told by another English teacher that my lecture was much the same as that of a legendary teacher of a well-known cramming school in Japan, though I have never taken his class or been a student of that school. He meant the remark as a…

06/12/2017 Bears no repeating

A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about a maths teacher who taught English in his maths class even though he had not qualified as an English teacher. It turned out yesterday that he had in fact already begun not just to talk about E…

05/12/2017 Es ist ja eine bekannte Tatsache, daß es schwierig ist, mit Katzen umzuziehen.

Es ist ja eine bekannte Tatsache, daß es schwierig ist, mit Katzen umzuziehen. 関口存男著作集 (ドイツ語学篇8) POD版 作者: 関口存男 出版社/メーカー: 三修社 発売日: 2000/02/15 メディア: 単行本(ソフトカバー) クリック: 1回 この商品を含むブロ…

04/12/2017 Something to be grateful for

There was an unusual surge in the number of page views of my blog last night, so I wondered why this was happening. It turned out that someone tweeted last night about the article that I wrote several months ago. It is about the conjunctio…

03/12/2017 My one-year progress

It has been more than a year since I began this English diary, so I tried looking back on articles I wrote a year ago. They are, to say the least, difficult to comprehend. The sentences aren’t ungrammatical, but you need some time to think…

02/12/2017 Jack of all trades

There is a maths teacher who teaches about English in his maths classes. I had heard him teaching how to read English several times before, but today, he seemed to have begun teaching how to write in English. As a man who takes great pains…

01/12/2017 Insatiable appetite

My appetite gets out of control a couple of times a year. This usually happens from autumn to winter and leaves me gasping for fried food. I have so far this week eaten a lot of it, so I want to practice total abstinence from it tomorrow. …

30/11/2017 Disappointment もうインターネット上で誤訳を開帳している人には関わらないことにした

I am really disappointed. About a year ago, a translation of an English article was much talked about on Hatena Blog. I found a lot of critical mistranslations in it. But the original article was of great interest, so I posted an article i…

29/11/2017 All on your own

I have a feeling that it is coming to be accepted that teaching English is easy. The reason for this, I think, is that English is one of those languages which you feel you have mastered when you have got accustomed to it. Yesterday I heard…

28/11/2017 (For) what it‘s worth

I thought for a moment of having a blog about English and monetizing it, but I realized that all I could write about would be the grammar and how to study it, about which almost anybody could write. Plus, if I have time at all to do that, …

27/11/2017 Opportunity to be embarrassed

I believe it is not illogical to say that if you have had an occasion to be embarrassed, you should think yourself lucky. The chance enables you to reflect on yourself and think about the mistake you have made. There appear to be some peop…

26/11/2017 How you waste your time

If I remember correctly, it was George Orwell who said that the measure of whether you are clutivated or not is whether you can spend time enjoying yourself even if you have nothing to do. Spending some time in a laundrette, I learnt that …

25/11/2017 Lament

When I see other teachers immersed in copying answers from textbooks before their class, I cannot help deploring that I should get the same payment as they. All they do in the class is to read aloud the textbooks. 授業前一心不乱に問題集の…

24/11/2017 Studying abroad

I want to study abroad. Of course, I know it would be meaningful if I am enrolled in university where I can receive training to improve my research skills, but I have no idea whether there is any such place. For I have never met a philosop…

23/11/2017 In a world where he no longer exists

Though I think I have already accepted the fact that one of my parents is dead, my mind works in the same way as when he was still alive. So it sometimes works as if I could meet him whenever I wanted. I found myself, just now, thinking of…

22/11/2017 Wish to be left alone

Since one of my parents died, I was at my parent's home for several days, busy preparing for the funeral. Now I am back to the house in Tokyo. What I found out is that being left alone is of great importance to me. Towards the end of the y…

21/11/2017 Talking to the dead

One of my parents died last week. On several occasions, I was instructed by the doctor or the funeral parlor staff to talk to the dead body to express my gratitude. But I didn’t do any such thing. No longer can I convey my appreciation to …

20/21/2017 The most tiresome day of my life

I was extremely nervous all day today because I had to speak in front of audience, on behalf of my family. Honeslty speaking, this was the most tiresome day of my life. 人前で家族を代表して話さないといけない機会があって一日中緊張していた。…

19/11/2017

Tonight, I am staying at a lodging facility for a reason that I won’t tell you about in this article. How come I feel more relaxed when staying at such facilities than at home? 今夜は訳あってある宿泊施設に泊まっている。自分の家ではないとこ…

18/11/2017 An overwhelming feeling

I sometimes feel an overwhelming sadness. During this sadaness, there is a part of me which is experiencing it and another which is observing myself experiencing it. This duality prevents me from being fully overwhelmed by the sadness. 時…

17/11/2017 So daunting a task

It has been difficult for me to pay proper attention to what I eat. The best way is to go to a supermarket, buy foodstuff and cook for myself. But the thing is that there is no supermarket where I can buy vegetables by the piece. Therefore…

16/11/2017 Storm in a teacup

Recently there has been what seems to be a terribly sad incident to me. However, considering that there may well be lots of people experiencing the same thing as me, it can be a storm in a teacup.

15/11/2017 Amor fati

As I wrote in another article, I am firmly convinced that the course of my life could never have been different. I think I am a kind of fatalist. Nietzsche, it is said, told us to love our fate by using the phrase ‘Amor fati’, but far be i…

14/11/2017 Messy room, messy mind

I have come to a conclusion that I should clean my room frequently, especially when I am busy. Formally, I placed a high priority on my work and my research, so I often left my room in a mess. But now, it has brought home to me that I woul…