英語

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 …

15/10/2017 Own up to envy

Recently I have heard a lot of news that my friends from university have made successful careers, and it makes me envious of them. I have never felt such a pang of envy in my life, but it is perhaps a good thing at least to have a desire. …

14/10/2017 Variety in our diet

You learn a lot when you do the shopping with someone who eats sensibly. I already knew that it is better for my health to have various foods, but I didn't know we should pay attention to the variety of the way they are cooked. 食事にうま…

13/10/2017 On the verge of being disheartened

There is a mood of disappointment at the supervisor's educational ability among the students. I was once about to get totally disheartened, but yesterday I discovered that I could learn much from him even if he is really lacking in educati…

12/10/2017 Multilingual

I have been forgetting more and more kanji ever since I started studying French and German. I wonder if there is a limit to my capacity for language. フランス語とドイツ語を勉強し始めてからと言うものの、漢字をどんどん忘れている。言語を記憶…

11/10/2017 A stroke of luck

My life has been so full of bad luck since the last August that all I need to do to write my autobiography is to put the series of misfortunes in chronological order. But today luck was on my side, and I have got two hours at my disposal u…

10/10/2017 A foreign language and isolation

Sometimes I hear it said that to learn a foreign language is easy. This makes entirely no sense to me. In fact, as everyone knows who has ever tried to master a foreign language earnestly, it requires isolation from the group of which you …

09/10/2017

I have an assignment which is due the day after tomorrow but which I am sure I cannot possibly accomplish. The life with such kind of job is somehow pleasant to live. 明後日までに終わらせないといけない課題があるが、絶対に終わらないと確信し…

08/10/2017

The other day, I was asked what my hobby was and I answered, "I have no time for any hobbies." But come to think of it, blogging is definitely one. この間趣味は何かと聞かれ、趣味をしている時間がないと答えてしまった。よく考えればブログが趣…

07/10/2017

I experience a sense of inferiority whenever I am made to realize my inability to give a lecture about English etymology. It is too complicated, for who can understand that the t's in words such as, it, that, and what, are related etymolog…

06/10/2017

It is inevitable that I will be getting busier and busier as the days go by. Nevertheless, illness prevented me from doing anything today. I have to develop a means of maintaining my health. 今後ますます忙しくなっていくことは必定だと思われ…

05/10/2017

I have a friend who is always complaining about his life. He would be better off if he could take his life on, thinking that he has chosen the seamier side of life as well. 自分が選んだ人生について文句を言っている友人がいる。ネガティブなこ…

04/10/2017

"To plan to do something is to plan to give it up", says a friend of mine. The unexpected happens so frequently in life. 予定とは予め諦めること(予諦)である、と大学時代の友人が言っていた。そのくらい人生では予期されていないことが起こるよう…

03/10/2017

I have been writing a record of my impressions about The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud, but the style in which I was writing it seemed pedantic. I got so sick of it that I deleted the draft eventually. 先ほどまで夢判断を読んで…

02/10/2017

The only thing that I could be proud of about my English writing, if any, could be the fact that I have kept this English diary so far. 英語の日記が続いていることくらいか。私が自分の英作文について、いまのところ誇りに思えることは。

01/10/2017 Interpretation of one's life

I don't like interpreting my life in such a way that much meaning is bestowed upon it. Those living such lives are usually not only lacking in confidence in themselves but also worried about the diffidence. 自分に人生には大きな意味があると…

英語に関する限りで、自己紹介

しようと思ったので、します。英語に関することのみですが。 中1 人称代名詞の格変化でつまずく。放課後に行われた補習のクラスに送り込まれ、そこで、目的格の「目的」の意味を理解した。当時は「動作の対象」くらいにしか理解できていなかったが。何にせよ…

30/09/2017 A wake-up call

The landlord of the flat which I rent clears his throat and spits around half past seven every morning. This is by far the best wake-up call. 私が借りているアパートの大家は毎朝7時半に喉を鳴らして痰を吐く。最高の目覚ましである。

29/09/2017 At the mercy of my moods

Yesterday, I felt so depressed that I thought I was going to die, but I feel much better today. I have no choice but to be at the mercy of these moods because they are never under my control. 昨日は死ぬんじゃないかと思うくらい気分がよくな…

28/09/2017 What if I could go back in time?

I have thought many times, what if I could go back in time. The conclusion is that it is meaningless, for I would lead the same life that I had led. もし過去に戻れたとしたらどうだろうか、と考えたことは何度もある。結論はどうせ同じ人生を歩む…

27/09/2017 No answer

A professor told me that the English sentences I had written were unidiomatic and accordingly, problematic. I was naturally grateful for this indication, thinking that it would turn out a chance to improve my English writing skills. So I a…

26/09/2017 Watching a quiz show alone

Both my mother and my girlfriend say that it is no fun at all, watching a quiz show alone. I have never watched one by myself, but I guess I can enjoy it even if I am alone. クイズ番組を一人で観るのは面白くないということを、私の母親も私の…

25/09/2017 No matter the cost

Though it is evident that I cannot afford much time to study foreign languages, the familiarity with foreign languages is no doubt a matter of life and death for a philosopher, so I want to secure time for it no matter the cost. 語学にそこ…

24/09/2017 As I grow older

As I grow older, I eat less and less. But it appears that I have been putting on weight lately. I cannot help thinking that I have to get into the habit of doing regular exercise to gain muscles. 年をとるにつれて、食べる量が減ってきている…

23/09/2017 The right to be wrong

It always interests me how people take the trouble to talk about what they have read in English and just by doing so, they make it clear that they can't read in English. 人が英語で読んだものについてわざわざ語り、まさにそうすることによって…