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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…

2017/04/08 Angst and Fear

In his Being and Nothingness, Sartre talks about the difference between angst and fear. According to him, when we feel fear, we take ourselves as things determined by causality. On the other hand, when we are in angst, we view ourselves as…

2017/04/07 You are a psychiatrist, aren't you?

There is a psychologist who is one of the leading figures in Japan of the philosophy of psychology. He published a lot of books and papers and he has an honorable academic career. He taught a great deal of students about both philosophy an…

2017/04/06 Work Like a Dog, Laugh Like a Horse

The other day, there was a meeting of all the students and teachers who belong to the department of philosophy. The professors talked briefly about their classes to be delivered in this semester and then the students introduced themselves.…

2017/04/05

In order to write correct English, we have to go through a challenging task. It is to learn by heart at least three hundred exemplary English sentences. I believe when they have got throigh this, students learn to produce logical, grammati…

2017/04/04 There Is Nothing New Under the Sun. Therefore, Everything Is a Bore.

There is nothing new under the sun. It is a proverb that I knew a couple of years ago. It means, I understand, that since ancient times, everything has already happened, so what seems new or original at first is actually what was before. I…

2017/04/03 Current Mood

Lately, I have been in a mood which makes me think life has no meaning or has nothing pleasurable to offer. Not that I am distressed by this mood, but rather this state feels comfortable because it has a kind of soothing effect on my mind.…

2017/04/02 YouTube Video Ads Suck

The reason why I don't have a TV set in my room is that it seems to have a dumbing effect on my mind. I can't account for this impression but it does seem so. One of the philosophers I admire once said, "TV makes you stupid. So we had bett…

2017/04/01 The Raison D'être of Philosophy and Begging The Question

In the hot entries there is an anticle concerning the meaning of the humanities. According to the author, when challenged to explain the meaning or the value of the humanities, scholars tend to answer by beating around the bush. They try t…

2017/03/31 The Myth of Input and Output

I hate it when people use these two words: input and output. When they use it, they regard human minds as computers into which information to be processed is carried and out of which the result of the process is delivered. This view is ina…

2017/03/30 Gut Reactions

I got convinced today that my emotional well-being is totally dependent on my stomach. This morning, when I woke up, I found myself in a terrbile mood. Due to some incident, I got so depressed last night that I decided to live psyhcologica…

2017/03/29 Resumption of a Hobby

A few years ago, it was one of my hobbies to transcribe passages of English writers such as Somerset Maughm, George Orwell and so on. Above all, my favorite author was Aldus Huxley, who wrote long sentences which were separated by a lot of…

2017/03/28 Interpolation

I am sorry to repeat, but I have to say this to begin this entry. I am working as a part-time English teacher. The lecture is to be delivered on a one-on-one basis. Not a few students bring me studying materials of other cram schools (塾),…

2017/03/27 On doing what you have chosen

To tell the truth, yesterday was my birthday. My sister celebrated it with a mail, saying how happy you must be to do what you have chosen and love. I know she meant no offense, but on the contrary, it is a torture to get myself engaged in…

2017/03/26 Three Youtube Channels and One Podcast That Give You Introductory Lessons To Philosophy

My life is shockingly busy thanks to other teachers who are lacking both in morality and in knowledge and skills. Although there is a job that somebody has to do and they have already agreed to work for the company, they never take it on, …

2017/03/25 Nobodies, Nothings

Lately, I've woken up before the alarm goes off. Frustrated by the shortage of sleep, I never get up off the bed shortly. I spend some sixty minutes browsing through twitter, hatena blog, or whatever. Every time I do this, it makes me wond…

2017/03/24 Meanings of Lives

I have been reading Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness, and it inevitably makes me think about the meaning of my life. The book is considered as the principal work of existentialism, a theory that argues existence precedes essence. I…

2017/03/23 "Is there a certain age you're supposed to be?"

The title is quoted from a song called "Riot Van" by Arctic Monkeys. I remember realizing how meaningless it was to count my age when I was eleven. However, ever since I have continued to this day counting my age because it is often necess…

2017/03/22 A question a friend of mine often posed

It is spring. I am living near a college, so these days I see many teenagers with their parents looking for their new apparment. That reminded me of the days I spent in university when I was a sophomore. There was a friend who oftentimes a…

2017/03/21 Self-depreciation

Lately, I have been looking down on myself. Everything I do is of little value, of little significance. I would like to tell you that this feeling is not so bad as you might think, as long as you feel comfortable about being valueless. I w…

2017/03/20 Japanese Comedians and Begging the Question

What is a comedian? What is Owarai-Geinin? Debates about these issues are hot these days. There is a brain scientist called Mogi Kenichiro who criticized Japanese comedians for their ways of getting a laugh. He said they don't dare to make…

2017/03/19 Meaning and Contingency

When I am teaching a meaning of English phrases, some students often point out that my lecture isn't as logical as it should be. By this indication, they seem to feel victorious. As I am a philosopher, being illogical seems to me to be a f…

2017/03/18 Reading Competition

One of the episodes of All Ears English told me that many Americans are in "busy competition." I was surprised to hear that when they are asked "How are you?" not a few answer, "I'm busy." As I am a student of philosophy, on Twitter philos…

2017/03/17 Like a native speaker of English

Working as a part-time English teacher as I do, I have met many native Japanese who say they can understand English like a native speaker. Also, I have heard about great teachers who is said to have the ability to do so. As for me, though …

2017/03/16 Why I don't write a helpful article

My blog belongs to a couple of Hatena Blog groups. I sometimes look over the blogs which are also the members of the groups. This lets me know what kind of entry can be of service and what kind of effort they make to attract more readers. …

2017/03/15 Before Dawn

I don't know how, but I woke up at 5:22 this morning. It was dark before dawn. I heard some people say that human beings work best and most efficiently bright and early. That remark must have relaxed me, for it took me over 90 minutes to g…

2017/03/14 Ability and Conduct

It seems to me that it is since people today began to use the words such as 「女子力」or 「コミュニケーション能力」, "abilities expected of a girl" or "communication competence" respectively, that people have learned to use the word 「力」…

2017/03/13 When Will the Day Come?

Last December for me to eat was to go to a Seven-Eleven and buy food there. Spending almost all the month made me feel worse than ever in my stomach, and there appeared many pimples over my face. This incident invited me to decide to cook …

2017/03/12 The Myth of 90 Minutes

As I wrote in other articles, I am highly impulsive and hyperactive, though I am not diagnosed with ADHD. So much so that I have difficulty focusing my attention when studying. Fortunately, there are many books on concentration so I read a…

2017/03/11 Walkthroughs

I am a graduate student who wishes to be a professor in the future. It has been about a year since my entrance into the university, and from time to time I am confronted with the fact that I am far less familiar with philosophy than other …

2017/03/10 Derision

Looking back on my life, so many people have ridiculed me so many times. Some professor said, "You're not cut out for this." Another said, "Your awkwardness is the manifestation of your sincerity." Still another said, "You're monotonous an…

2017/03/09 What you don't read you cannot write.

If I remember correctly, I wrote an entry concerning how difficult it is to write about everyday life. It remains so. When I set about writing in English, my mind is always inclined to those complicated topics which are better off written …

2017/03/08 Out of sight, out of mind.

There have been many friends who said they would not forget me or that they wouldn't fail to keep in touch. Despite this remarks, most of them have kept out of touch since and disappeared. When I was in junior high school I learned the pro…

2017/03/07 Why I study philosophy and Joan Miro

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com Why did I decide to study philosophy? There are several reasons for it, I guess. One of them would be that I am poor at reading books. I am a slow and impatient reader. As I mentioned elsewhere, though I a…

2017/03/06 Too much confidence

Yesterday I went to a cafe and had supper. A waiter came to me, telling me that where the vacant seats were and that I could choose whichever I liked. As is often the case with waiters in a cafe, he was handsome and looked cool in his outf…

【英語は慣れると雑になる】英語で毎日日記を書いて半年になりました。Grammarlyを使って、英作文が上達したか検証します。

去年の9月5日から英語で日記を書き始めました。なぜだかわかりませんが今日まで毎日続きました。振り返りをしたいと思います。前回の振り返りはこちらでやってます。 ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com 上の記事の中で、3ヶ月やって英語表現が思い浮かぶの…