英語

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…

13/11/2017 A convincing proof

My family told me yesterday that I sometimes paid no attention to people around me and focused on what I wanted to do. In short, they called me "my pace," which is a katakana English. It was not until then that I wondered whether they were…

12/11/2017 A sad truth

I found out a sad truth recently. Last winter, after I had decided on an apartment, I bought a stylish table and chair. It was designed by a British designer and gave me an impression that I could live a sophisticated life with it. However…

11/11/2017 A long succession of troubles

Lately, I have been bombarded with a long succession of troubles, so that one trouble is hardly over before another arises. Thanks to them, I am never upset even when something unexpected has happened. What is more, again thanks to them, I…

10/11/2017 Outsourcing of housework

The washing machine in my house has gone out of order. According to word of mouth, it was a product of a company which produces only domestic appliances of poor quality. Because I cannot afford a new one in terms of time and money, I will …

09/11/2017 For the time being

I met one of my classmates today. It seemed that she had been relieved of the mental tension which she had had before. She looked somewhat relaxed. As it turned out, she had decided not to submit her dissertation which was due next January…

08/11/2017 On being relied upon

What makes you reliable? I have no idea. Then, is it good to be relied upon? I have a definite answer: No. When people around you regard you as reliable, they begin to exert a corrosive influence on you. Namely, they commence asking you to…

07/11/2017 A simpler mechanism

My mood lifts considerably when I have done something physical. However sad or depressive I feel, the moment I take a meal or a shower, I feel deceptively better. Because I believed my moods were controlled by a more complex mechanism, thi…

06/11/2017 Facts of life

These days unfortunate things happen to me one after another. When there is no bright side of life, how can one look on it? 最近ついていないことが立て続けに起こる。人生の明るい側面がない時にどうやってみればいいのだろうか。

05/11/2017

I feel extremely sleepy now. It may be because, though I didn't sleep well last night, I have walked around all day long. I have to do some studying tonight. Life has been hard on me. とんでもなく眠い。短い時間しか寝れていないのに関わらず…

03/11/2017

I am a trip to Kamakura now. It is strangely exciting to be on a train that I normally don’t take. 今日は鎌倉に旅行に行く。普段乗らない電車に乗るのはなぜかウキウキする。

02/11/2017 Toil I must.

今週のお題「休日の過ごし方」 Considering that I am a graduate student, a day off means to me a day when I don't study anything. Therefore, I have no holidays whatsoever. Toil I must every day. 自分が大学院生であることを考えると、私にとって…

01/11/2017 The paradox of the student in poverty

I am working part-time as an English teacher so that I can pay the graduate school tuition. But I am so busy doing the job that I cannot have enough time to study. Let's call this the paradox of the student in poverty. 大学院の学費を賄うた…

31/10/2017 Several teachers

It helps me in becoming a philosopher to have a number of teachers who criticize me, apart from my supervisor. They give me critical advice from a different point of view from that of my supervisor. 哲学者になる上で自分の指導教員以外に自分…

30/10/2017 Bloody nurses

I don't understand why they throw a costume party for Halloween. You could disguise yourself as a bloody nurse even when it is not the Halloween season. ハロウィンの仮装パーティをなぜするのかがまったくわからない。別にハロウィンじゃなくても…

29/10/2017

Having heard anecdotes of those people who are said to have mastered English, I have realized that they spent a lot more time in studying the language than I do now. I am trying to figure out what prevents me from studying in the same way …

27/10/2017 For the past several months

Though I have decided to spend this week resting, I have taken no rest at all so far. I feel exhausted because I have had to do a great deal of work for the past several months. Tomorrow will see me doing what I have wanted to do.今週は休…

26/10/2017 A dimple in a tie

I hear that when you tie a tie with a dimple it looks cool. These days, I practice tying a dimple. It seems easy when you see the video below, but I have difficulty doing it. ネクタイを締める時にシワを作れると、かっこいいらしい。最近その練…

25/10/2017

I am coming to know what my body feels like when I am nearly exhausted. I think I should take a good rest, using it as a cue. 疲れが溜まっているときに、自分の体がどうなるのかについてだんだんわかってきた。それをサインとして、うまく休めれば…

24/10/2017 Beards

I want to grow beards. I hear that how fully they are going to grow is genetically determined and that I have to keep growing them without shaving for some months in order to figure it out. ヒゲを伸ばしたい。自分がヒゲをどのくらい生やせる…

23/10/2017 Cross my heart and hope to die

There are some English expressions the pronunciation of which I love, but the meaning of which I don't know. For example, the idiom "cross my heart and hope to die" is one of them. This idiosyncratic preference for pronunciation may be one…

22/10/2017 Why (not) vote?

I have just voted in the national election. I haven't quite satisfied myself that this vote is "precious," as they call it, or that it can make a difference. 投票に行ってきた。この一票が貴重だとか、この一票にも意味があるとか、自分で納得し…

21/10/2017 The same amount of pains

I have no idea what I will end up being; to put it specifically, whether I will be an English teacher, helping high school students succeed in entrance examinations of universities, or will be lucky enough to be a university professor, giv…

20/10/2017 Bringing out the sweetness of cabbage

As I saw a lot of cabbage in the refrigerator, I hit on the idea that a good curry might be made with it. So I made one. I boiled the soup with patience, which seemed to have brought out the sweetness of the cabbage and rounded out the cur…

19/10/2017 A fit of sneezing

I don't know why, but I often have a fit of sneezing when I'm at home. Since I don't have this fit outside, it should not be hay fever. なぜかよくわからないが、家にいるとくしゃみが止まらないことがある。外ではこういうことはないから花粉症で…

18/10/2017 Copy that

Recently I began to copy a philosopher's writing onto a notebook. It feels as if this were more interesting than any other way to learn English, but I have never heard of anyone around me who does this. 書き写すという英語の勉強方法を始めた…

17/10/2017 Spare me the burden

I am wondering why it is encouraging to hear that someone who was placed in similar circumstances to mine made a decision and the determination led her to success. Is it because it spares me the burden of deciding for myself? 自分と同じよ…

16/10/2017 Biased against conversational expressions

Recently I have tackled past examination questions of some private universities in Japan and given lectures about it. I have had difficulty reaching the right answer to the questions about conversational expressions several times and this …