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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…

12/07/2017 Writing goes ahead of my mind

As I was writing an article, which I decided not to post, I found myself, to my suprise, typing an adjective "versant." I meant it to be well-versed or familiar, but just after thinking of this word, I had a strange feeling. That word isn'…

11/07/2017 Influencing people around you

When I was engaged in job hunting, what is called "shukatsu," many other students who were looking for a job often said, "I want to have a good influence on people around me." Every time I heard this kind of wish, it made me wonder how the…

10/07/2017 Advertisements and values

As I grow older, I find myself amazed more and more frequently at criticisms leveled against TV commercials. An advertisement tells you to do something. It may recommend you to buy something, to visit some places or to experience something…

09/07/2017 My experience of learning German

It was a year ago that I started to study German in order to read works of German philosophers in their original language. An instructor told me that I should be able not only to read but also to interpret and translate German when I am wr…

08/07/2017 California Kids

今週のお題「私の『夏うた』」 Every summer I enjoy Summer Sonic. So when it comes to the summer song, I cannot help thinking about songs associated with the festival. In the last Summer Sonic, there were a lot of awesome bands. Among them w…

07/07/2017 About Yahoo! News

I hate reading comics these days, espicially raeding them online. But this inclination runs counter to the flow of the time, and there appeared several manga apps recently. They seems to be trying hard to get the most users and struggling …

06/07/2017 On "analogy"

There is a Japanese researcher of psychology known as a pinoeer of a research field in Japan. He studied it in the U. S., where the field had already developed. So he wrote am introductory book in Japanese about that field. As psychology i…

05/07/2017 When dead tired

When I worked for a company, my supervisor told me one day that he had sat up till 5 a.m. the night before. He was reading a historical novel until that time. He had been committed to so much work around that time that he had had to burn t…

04/07/2017 Reading A Biography

There is a Japanese philosopher who I respect. He said he looked up to Leibniz. He said Leibniz was versatile. He is said to have invented calculus, he had produced a great number of philosophical works, he was an advisor of the emperor an…

03/07/2017 What you can do only when you are a university student

What do you think you can do only you are a university student? When an adult tries to answer this question, they have to take into consideration the fact that once you are thrown into the "nine to five routine", you have little leisure ti…

2017/07/02 Buying clothes online

Some years ago I was asked in Shinjuku by TV crew to have an interview with them. The interview, they said, was about online shopping. Did you do online shopping? If yes, what kind of thing did you buy? If no, why? As I was in no mood for …

2017/07/01 Disputes (part1)

Yesterday I wrote an article in which I make an objection to another article written by an English teacher in Japan. His blog teems with good and informative posts but sometimes there are ones where the author exhibits a unique opinion abo…

反論記事 it seems that ~「〜のようである」のitは形式主語のitなのか。

この記事を読みまして反論記事を書きたくなったので、書きます。 www.makocho0828.net この記事で著者のまこちょさんは以下のように主張しています。 It seems that SVのitは「仮主語のit」したがって「【それが】SがVであるようだ」と訳出してはいけません…

2017/06/30 Doc, there's a hole where something was.

The title of this article is quoted from a song called Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes by Fall Out Boy. I have had a big canker sore for several days. Several articles on it tell me that it is considered to be due either to lack of vitam…

2017/06/29 Compliments have got me thinking (part2)

Secondly, committing myself to reading English means to me keeping away from the "herd." The herd is composed of people who prefer reading translations to reading originals. Keeping them company or even having a contact with them can possi…

2017/06/28 Compliments have got me thinking (part1)

I am proud of myself being praised by professors two days in a row. These incidents are rare, so they have gotten me thinking. I am writing as I am thinking about them now. I am not sure whether I can set my thoughts straight through this …

2017/06/27 On articles about English

Sometimes it irks me to read an article about English on Hatena Blog. It is because it lacks any references to books or other articles. It seems that this kind of article depends totally on the experience of the author or on their caprice.…

2017/06/26 My stomach

Lately, I've been off with an upset stomach. I wake up to find something lying heavy on it. This symptom began to appear in my early twenties. I was working for a cram school on a part-time basis. This job could have been, as I look back n…

2017/06/25 The reason why my blog had been read by few people

The last semester I attended a graduate-level course of translation of English texts into Japanese. The other day the lecturer said there are people whose writings inform him that they love what they write. Though he didn't show an open co…

2017/06/24 英語の日記を再開することにしました。

In the last article in English, I suggested that I would cease keeping the English diary I had been keeping, and I actually did. From then on, I made it a rule to write an article in my own notebook. But, although I don't know why, I faile…

英語誤訳指摘4 Leviathan and the Air-Pump (Shapin & Schaffer, 1985) / It is ... that ... that...の例

Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton Classics) 作者: Steven Shapin,Simon Schaffer 出版社/メーカー: Princeton University Press 発売日: 2011/08/15 メディア: Kindle版 この商品を含むブログを見る リヴ…

英語誤訳指摘3 What Is History? (Carr, 1961) / 譲歩のasと倒置

はてなブログでは主に英語誤訳指摘シリーズと書評を扱っていくことに決めました。 第1回、第2回はMaroon5のPayphoneを扱っていますので、ご興味があればご覧ください。 ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com 第3回は、Carr…

2017/04/20 On Posting An English Entry Every Day and Having It Read By Nobody

I have been in the habit of writing an entry in English every day for about seven months. As written in the article linked below, this kind of blog attracts the attention of scarcely anybody. kira-kira-girl.hatenablog.jp The number of dail…

2017/04/19 How To Read Faster

This morning, I had a talk with my supervisor about my research. It turned out that he has to write an article about psychotherapies by September and he had intended to cite my paper about them, assuming there to be such one of mine by Jul…

2017/04/18 Ecce Homo and L’Étranger (2)

The other day I wrote an article about the books which I use as a studying material for German and French. They are Ecce Homo by Nietzsche and L’Étranger byAlbert Camus, respectively. As an English teacher there is one thing that I tell my…

2017/04/17 An Assumption That Has Been Taken For Granted Among Japanese Philosophers.

A great philosophical work often sheds light on those assumptions which are taken for granted and throws them into doubt. For example, as far as I understand, Kant brought into doubt the assumption that metaphysics is feasible and reason i…

2017/04/16 Ecce Homo and L’Étranger

I have been learning to read German and French for a year. Having learned about their basic grammar, I went on to books in both languages. Since French is the second foreign language I learned, I am used to reading it to some extent. So, I…

2017/04/14 Why I Don't Like Self-Introduction

今週のお題「自己紹介」 I don't like self-introduction. Job interviewers ask, "What are your strengths?" Interviewees answer, something like "I am excellent in interpersonal communication skills." A few years ago, I was engaged in job hunti…

英語がわかってしまう、ということ。

英語を勉強し始めると面白い体験をするようになる。 それは某塾ではスラスラ感と呼ばれる体験である。 ある英語の長文を初めて読むと、いろいろなところで引っかかってスムーズには読めない。それは単語や熟語の知識が足りないことが原因であったり、英文の…

2017/04/13 Listening and Reading

I am reading now Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre. It is so difficult to read that though it has been over a month since I began reading it, there still remain 700 pages to go. Once I was trained to be a clinical psychologist. Fro…

英語の語源の勉強は何の役に立つのか ーcompassの語源を例にしてー

以前やっていたブログで書いたことと同じようなことを書きたくなったので書きます。 あるcompassの語源 compassの正しいと思われる語源 語源の勉強は何の役に立たないのか 1. 接頭辞や接尾辞には二つ以上の意味があることがほとんどである 2. 接頭辞や接尾辞…

2017/04/12 Absurdity

I am reading L'étranger by Albert Camus in French in order not only to get used to reading French, but also to know what absurdity as existentialists hold it is. I hear that the author was concerned with suicide as the most important philo…

2017/04/11 Mental Inertia

I am suffering from what can be called mental inertia. I don't feel like writing anything, nor feel myself able to organize any thoughts.

2017/04/10 Rathering

I am reading Intuition Pumps and other tools for thinking by Daniel C. Dennett. In it, he introduces dozens of thinking tools which he applies when he is tackling philosophical problems. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking 作者: D…

2017/04/09 The importance of leaving things out

This morning I read a review of a film called Don't Breathe. The film was extremely popular among those who are fond of horror movies and video games. So I read the review and it dawned on me what Robert Lynd meant when he said it is impor…