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2017/03/05 On teaching on one-on-one basis (part2)

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com In the entry above I argued that it is harder to teach one on one than to teach a class. The reason is that the problem that prevents the student from making progress in English is often so complicated tha…

2017/03/04 On teaching on one-on-one basis ゴルディオスの結び目

Suppose you are a student and want to work part time as a teacher. Then, you have two alternatives: either to teach on one-on-one basis or to teach to a class. Which do you think is more difficult? My guess is that when asked this question…

2017/03/03 The distance between English and me (part3) 「〜を扱うのが不器用だ」にあたる表現

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com I have written two entries about the distance between English and me. It is such an elusive topic that I cannot help coming back to it. When it comes to reading, sometimes…

2017/03/02 The problem of spring

I don't quite remember when but I read an essay about poetry. It was addressed to this question: What is poetry for? The author said, poetry can be to people what a cup of water is to a man who has spent a couple of days without any water,…

2017/03/01 Apprenticeship 「〜の弟子である」 / promptの意外な意味

In the academic world, especially when you are a student, you are often regarded as an "apprentice" of such and such professor. The word apprenticeship has a very big meaning. If you are an apprentice to some trade, you always follow your …

2017/02/28 On changing your major (2/2) backfire on ~ / 問題を切り分けて議論する / hopefullyの使い方

ai-no-coffee-rumba.hatenablog.com There have been a lot of difficulties I am confronted with since the alteration of my major. I began to get the training to be a psychologist when I was 19 and I got a bachelor's and master's degree by wri…

2017/02/27 Why do so many people show off their folly? Why are so many people confident in their English ability?

Having read an entry in which the author confidently "translated" a blog entry in English into Japanese and compared it with the original, I am wondering why so many people are confident in their English ability without knowing how incompe…

2017/02/26 On changing your major (1/2)

I was originally a psychology major, a clinical psychology major. I had meant to be a clinical psychologist and work both as a practitioner and as a scientist. However, things went wrong when I was applying myself to the master’s dissertat…

2017/02/25 On Down and Out in Paris and London

I love George Orwell. I think I have read all the novels by him: 1984, Animal Farm, The Clergyman's Daughter, Homage to Catalonia and so on. If my memory is right, his first novel or maybe I should say his first essay to be published was c…

2017/02/24 Fatigue

I have been all too busy this week. There were a supervision about my research, two trainings of novice teachers, besides many classes as usual. Yesterday I suffered from deadly stiff neck. I think it was dus to this demanding schedule, wi…

2017/02/23 If I could have my own bookstore

お題「自分の本屋を作るとしたら」 "If you could have your own bookstore, what kind of book would you deal in?" The other day I was asked this question. I answered at that time that I would collect "readers" of all kinds of launguage. That i…

2017/02/22 Since you are able to do anything

Just now I remembered having one of my collegues say, "Since you are a man of ability, you don't have to worry about it." She often says things to this effect. They always irked me. Here is why. When you say somebody is a man of ability, i…

2017/02/21 In theory, in practice

I had a talk with my supervisor today. I was confident that I would bring him a pleasant surprise. He would be surprised to see how much progress I had made. However, he was not a bit surprised, still less impressed. He said, "Ok, it's abo…

2017/02/20 What dating means for me

Dating means a lot for me and sharing of meaning is essential in forming a human bondage. Yesterday my girlfriend and I shared a meaning of dating. To date is to eat a more nutritious and more delicious meal. Weekdays always see me eat mon…

2017/02/19 A small brother was watching me

When I was a senior in the university, I read 1984 by George Orwell. I saw him introduced as a master of literary style of English by Saito Yoshihumi in his 『英語達人塾』. So, I read it in English. I don't know much about literature or st…

2017/02/18 Emotions

Today I am not feeling good. I make it a rule to write an entry first thing in the morning and it needs some concentration. But I couldn't organize my thoughs today. Sartre says in his Sketch for a Throey of The Emotions that an emotion is…

2017/02/17 Adlerian Psychology and Me

Way before it became as popular as today, I read an introductory book about Adlerian Psychology. It was when I was around 20, when I was aspiring to be a clinical psychologist. The book was this one. アドラー心理学入門 (Adlerian books) 作…

2017/02/16 Ads of ADHD

Lately the Internet has been infested with ads about online manga serives and adults with ADHD, at least for me. As to the former, every time I see them on the Internet, I report to the Google or Yahoo! that they don't in the least interes…

2017/02/15 On "controlling the chance reasonably"

rootport.hateblo.jp I read this article and several thoughts are whirling around in my head, but I will focus on just one of them: reasonable controlling of the chance. I have a vicious tendency not to persevere until the end of a long art…

2017/02/14 My neck pain and the last resort

I have a stiff neck. Sometimes it causes me so much pain and nausea that I want to get away from this world. In these cases, I am never free from the symptoms whether I am seated, upright or lying. There is no escape. I consulted doctors a…

2017/02/13 The objective welfare

When I was younger, at the age of about fourteen specifically, I had a dream. It was to get old quickly and retire from active life. I lived so far away from school that it took me 90 minutes just to go to school and I had to get up at aro…

2017/02/12 Stoppage of thinking

Stoppage of thinking are words, as far as I know, which are used to criticize someone for not thinking about what shouldn't be left unthought. I hate them. I don't know why. So, in this article, I want to develop a criticism against them. …

2017/02/11 On helping students get into a new habit

As I have written I don't know how many times, I am an English teacher. But I am not in charge of a class. When I teach English, it is one-on-one. It is not too much to say that my students are not cut out for making progress in a class wh…

2017/02/10 "See you later, alligator." "After a while, crocodile."

I have been in love with English rhyming, ever since I heard Lose Yourself by Eminem when I was fourteen. "His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy." That is really cool. I don't remember the exact time when I came across the phras…

2017/02/09 On being an early bird

Next semester, I will be a teaching assistant of courses for freshmen and sophomores. These classes are about philosophy, so I expect them to be informative for me as well as for the students. I was a little concerned whether I can handle …

2017/02/08 Why I study English

If you ask me why I study English, I will answer, "Because I have to." I have to study English because I am an English teacher and I want to make a living as a philosopher. To be a philosopher, one must be able to read English. Sometimes I…

2017/02/07 To be honest is to be sad

Honesty is such a lonely word, as Billy Joel sings. I have an ingrained tendency to observe the rules that the organizations of which I am a member provide or the instructions that my supervisors give. So, I do such things as take me so lo…

2017/02/06 Five Months

If my memory serves me right, I have been in the habit of writing an English entry a day for five months. To my disappointment, I don't have to review my past entries in order to see that I have a tendency to use particular words and phras…

2017/02/05 A souvenir of London

A couple of years ago, one of my best friends spent about a year in London. He had quit his job in order to stay there and learn English. This stay paid off and he won a remarkably high score on TOEIC and now works for a renowned company i…

2017/02/04 In order not to make entrance examinations "scoring games" 入試を「点取りゲーム」にしないために

Working as an English teacher often gives me chances to meet students who desperately ask for classes focused not on English in itself but on how to get a good score on the entrance examination of a particular university. They are desperat…

2017/02/03 Habits that I have acquired since I began to live by myself

It seems that it is easier to get into new habits when I live by myself than when I live with my family. Here are new habits that I have acquired. cooking whenever I can hitting the gym regularly writing an English entry every day spending…

2017/02/02 Have you ever wanted to disappear?

Have you ever wanted to disappear? This is part of the lyrics of a song called "20 Dollar Nose Bleed," by Fall Out Boy. For some reasons I am not quite sure of, this line caught my attention and my heart. I have never wanted to disappear. …

2017/02/01 Men of cultures

Browsing on Hatena Blog, I often encounter such entries as I believe must have written by men of cultures. As I am a philosophy major, those I find are mostly about philosophical issues: about death and how to live, about Hegelian view of …

2017/01/31 A world of ignorance

Yesterday I had a chance to look over a textbook of one of the most famous English schools in Japan. Like other textbooks of English, there were a lot of exemplary sentences. There was one with the phrase "a world of fish," and it was tran…

2017/01/30 On writing about daily life

Writing an entry in English every day has been so demanding that I have been somehow induced to work on this in a less and less burdensome way. That is, more often than not, I chose to write an article by citing other people's enties as a …

2017/01/29 At the mercy of my whim

My mind is whimsical. Today, when I woke up at around nine, I felt so tired that I thought I could not work out today. Since I had been busy all this while, my mind and my body was calling for a rescue, I said to myself. So, I decided not …

2017/01/28 What I believe as an English teacher

yasumi-08.hatenablog.com The author said that education should take care of the mental states of children and in order to do this it should be based on scientific evidence. But I am worried that this author and the readers who admire this …

2017/01/27 On an ideal way to end a day

Several years ago I saw a Japanese comedian, who is known to be a fanatic of video games, saying on TV that his ideal way of ending his day is to fall asleep, or better "lose concsiousness before he knows", while playing a game. According …

2017/01/26 Is learning English fun? and one of the reasons I write an entry in English every day

To me, learning English is a torture. So, when I see an entry on the Internet that tells its readers that it is fun to, or at least there is a pleasurable way to learn English, I cannot help feeling like condemning the author for telling a…

2017/01/25 Dreams and children

I often hear it said that we adults no longer have dreams, whereas children do. Pouple of Chinmey Town is one of many works whose themes are centered on this point. But think of the days when you were a kid. Did you really have dreams? As …

2016/01/24 Business is business

When the English phrase "Business is business" is used, it usually means "when business is concerned, you have to prioritize profit more than personal circumstances." But when I used this words as the title of this entry, it meant "you hav…

2017/01/23 An effect of lack of sleep on my mind

Living as I am as a philosophy major and a part time teacher of English, it is inevitable that I stay up late and I wake up late in the morning. This way of living is not troublesome, except that it prevents you from taking out the garbage…

2017/01/22 Workout and a mirror

I have been in the habit of going to a gym near my house almost every day since the new year began. Htting the gym led me to notice that there are many narcissists there. Before going on with the description of them, I must describe what t…

2017/01/21 What kind of entry about English can be helpful for readers?

I am in the habit of looking over the entries of bolgs that belong to the English group of Hatena Blog every day. Now I am wondering what kind of entry about English is of help for readers. As for me, I just write about what went through m…

2017/01/20 I don't want to be a leader.

The other day, I was introduced to a psychologist by a psychiatrist, with whom I had been acquinted for some months. The doctor said that I am the first philosopher about such and such field. I was a little confused with this remark becaus…

2017/01/19 In order not to be won as a friend nor influenced by a Carnegie

I am working part time as an English teacher for two companies. Neither is a large one, so I often have a chance to talk with executives. And it seems to me that they try and manage to make friends with me and make me do what they want as …

2017/01/18 On "explain it in your own words" and a deplorable inclination of mine

Towards the end of the last year, I watched on a train a commercial video which encouraged young people who are expecting job interviews to be able to explain in their own words. This dictum "explain in your own words" somehow caught my at…

2017/01/17 On offering information

I am going to use "offer information" as the equivalent of the Japanese "発信する" in this entry. Lately I have been baffled by those who use "offer information" in ways which seem to me inappropriate. For example, there was a girl who mad…

2017/01/16 There are no herbivorous men in the first place.

男子が「草食化」したのは、女子の「汚さ」が可視化されたから - ピピピピピの爽やかな日記帳 男が草食化した理由は99%アダルトビデオでしょう - メロンダウト Recently at least two entries were posted about what brought about so-called "herbivorous…

2017/01/15 A psychiatrist and the mid-life crisis

zasshi.news.yahoo.co.jp I hear there are many types of psychiatrist. Some are just prescribers. That is, they just diagnose and prescribe. They never listen to their patients. Others are more inclined to listen, but they are such adherents…