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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…

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…