Sweet spot - September 24th 2020

I'm writing today's post to increase my vocabulary in English.

sweet spot

A part of a surface that gives the most power for the least effort, for example, when hitting a ball, the particular situation, quality, combination of things ... etc.  that is the best or the most effective possible.

sample sentense
My new tennis racket has a powerful sweet spot.

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飛沫って英語で何て言うの? Sep 23rd 2020

飛沫 = droplet,  or   airborne droplet

sample sentense(例文)

The school children wore face shields in an English conversation class in order to protect themselves from airborne droplets of COVID 19.


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Diary September 22nd 2020

This is a reminder to myself

To be a compassionate listener, and refrain from laughing at stories of others. Rather, respond with an empathetic reflection. 

Although this tune is not associated with today's post, this is one of my favorite NCS music.

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Diary September 21st 2020

This is my first post after returing the age of 55.
A reminder to myself

" Do your best, and accept its consequence, even the outcome is not a one you desired and anticipated "

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A song with 6 billion access

My friend Hira-san recommended me a cool song which has over 6 billion access.
This video features Ms. Zuleyka Rivera who is the winner of 2006 Ms. Universe. and this song matches the end of summer.



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Baywatch -intro 2

I uploaded an intro video of TV drama " Baywatch " in my previous post. and this is another compilation footage of Baywatch.
Cool & Sexy !!



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Baywatch - intro

This is an intro of a lifesaver drama " Baywatch "
Although this is a footage good shaped men and women are running on the beach, its coolness and sexiness of the swimsuit ladies are impactful !



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Diary September 11th 2020

I'm off of my online English practice for these several days in order to give some rest to myself, however, I don't want to skip English training entirely, so I'm writing this post instead of speaking practice.
Have a nice weekend everyone !

And it is September 11 today,  I hope for the world peace.

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Diary September 10th 2020

What sprang up in my mind today.
I need to start some small steps for the next 10 years little by little.

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Diary September 8th 2020 - Arigato

I had today's online Englisg practice with a new tutor. What was impressive about her lesson was that she greeted me in Japanese language at the end of the lesson. She told me " Arigato " - which means " Thank you ".
Greeting in that client's native language is a sign that this tutor thinks of her job very professionally. I've been using this online language practice serive for nearly three years, but, a thank you message in Japanese language was the first experience for me in a good sense. I would like to thank her professionalism.



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Diary September 6th 2020

I'm enjoying this song of Alan Walker tonight.

Being a good listener, especially active and empathetic listening skill is what I want to learn right now.

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Diary September 5th 2020

A sticker arrived from Almuni association of my alma mater.


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Diary September 2nd 2020 - A sense of guilty

Today, I made a big mistake - I unknowingly drove over a kitten.
One of stray cats in my neighborhood gave birth to kitten a few months ago, and these kittens are often taking a nap under my car in the garage during the hot summer. Usually I check under my car before coming out of the garage, but today, I didn't check under my car, because it started raining right before going out and I was in a hurry. And when I noticed I saw a scenery a kitten agonizingin pain in the side mirror of my car. It seemed that the kitten was sleeping under my car when I coming out of the garage. So, I took the kitten an animal sheltor in my city, but when I arrived the sheltor, the kitten was not breathing any more. Like this, I claimed a precious life of the two months old kitten. I feel a sense of guilty and an apology to the kitten and its mom and family.

本日は大失敗 ー クルマで猫をひいてしまった。



罪の意識と後悔の念、そして子猫が苦痛でのたうちまわっている光景がなかなか頭から離れません ... 猫さん、本当にごめんなさい。

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Diary September 1st 2020 - Buying a PC printer is competitive now

Five years have passed since I purchased my PC printer and its print condition is not good recently, so, I went to buy a new one today. However, according to a shop staff, supply of printer parts are largely delayed due to the influence of COVID 19, and " in stock models " are quite limited. Besides, he said it takes one and a half month to back order " out of stock models ". Luckily, I found an " in stock model " in a reasonable price, and I bought this one (photo).
Purchasing a popular model printer is very competitive right now.



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Diary August 30th 2020 - An unexpected communication

I've been working part-time for a public sports center operated by one of my neigoring cities since February 2020. And today, I was spoken to by one of cleaning staff members in that facility whom I thought she would not know my name. She said " Hi Endo-san, don't you have a studio lesson in this facility ?  I heard that you are in a position to teach instructors ".

I was so surprised because I didn't think that cleaning staffs in this facility know about me and my name "   I appreciate this old ladie's friendly attitude, and I thought I need to be a kind of role model in this facility. Because I have the longest career in the fitness industry among staff members in this facility, besides, many staffs in this facility are very kind, open and friendly to me.

「遠藤さん、ここのスタジオではレッスンやらないんですか? 遠藤さんって、他のインストラクターの先生達を教えるような立場の人なんだって聞いたよ」



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Diary August 28th 2020


He is very popular with the ladies.

He's got a way with women.


Today's post is about " What do you say the above two expressions in English ? ".
Because I learned English mainly through reading newspaper articles such as CNN and BBC, exam prep for STEP EIKEN exam, and reading fitness related journal articles, thus my english vocabulary and expressions are hard anfd formal in a good sense and a bad sense, and I don't know casual expressions like the above ones. Of course, the two expressions are not about myself, rather these are my ideal state sometime/or someday in the future.

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Diary August 26th 2020

Today, I found a new good tutor in online English practice. I took photos of some pages in wellness coaching textbook and send them to the tutor through the message board, and requested her to read the textbook with me. According to her self-introduction, her academic major is master in ecology, so I thought the coaching psychology textbook might be out of her field and she might not be interested in it. But my anticipation was wrong in a good sense. She gave me a lot of pertinent and positive comments about what is written in the coachig psychology textbook. I was so impressed with her adaptability and wide range of knowledge. I'm looking forward to learning with her next time.



余談ですが、2年位前までお世話になっていたセルビアの先生もエコロジー専攻で南極ペンギンの研究などしている人でした。自分の書いた研究論文が学会誌に掲載されたからと言って嬉しそうに僕に論文を送ってくれたりしましたが、今度はドイツの大学で古生物学を研究するんだと、ドイツに旅立ってしまいました。その後元気でやっているかな?とメールを送ってみましたが1年経っても返事が来ません ...

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Diary August 21st 2021

Since October 2017, I started online English practice with tutors in Europe, and my cummulative training hours in these 3 years have reached 26000 minutes. Each lesson is 25 minutes, thus it means I had 1040 sessions in this period.

A legendary karate master in Japan once said " 1000 days of practice is an entrance to a beginning exerciser, and 10,000 days of practice is an entrance to a master ".  So to speak, my English practice is still in beginner's phase. I'll continue learning.



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Diary August 18th 2020 - Charlie's Angels TV

" Charlie's Angels " was my favorite TV drama when I was in middle school. Among the angels, Cheryl Ludd was my favorite at that time. And watching the footage below now, I noticed that the beauty of Kate Jackson was also outstanding. And I never forget the healthy sexiness of Farrah Fausett as well. R.I.P



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Diary August 18th 2020

Today, I learned that the word " learn " has two forms of past tense, learned and learnt.
Until now, I was thinking that " learned " was the only past tense of " learn ". However, one of my online English tutors was using " learnt " in a lesson feedback from her. So, I noticed the presence of another past tense " learnt ". While I was learning in my graduate school in the USA, I didn't come across this word usage, thus, " learnt " is used in Europe or in the UK, I guess.

本日初めて知ったことなのですが、learn という単語には過去形が2種類あるんですね。learn の過去形・過去分詞はlearned だと思っていたのですが、learnt を使用しても良いようですね。オンライン英会話を受講するとレッスン後に講師からの一言アドバイスみたいなのが記載されるのですが、昨日の講師はレッスン記録の中でlearntを使用していたので、初めてlearnt という過去形もあるのだとわかりました。まだまだ学ぶべきこと沢山あります。

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a photo from friend - Mabo tofu in the mid summer

 I got this photo from my friend in Tokyo. This hot spiced tofu rice is his yesterday's meal on his way from swimming pool. The hot flavor makes you sweat more in the mid summer.


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Diary August 13th 2020

Lyrics of this song is a message to myself.
" half way through a bottle, I thought I could keep it low, take it slow, and take it easy "

If you fall in love with a woman who is living far away, an important step is ... to grow the relationship slowly. I regret my impatient and pushy behaviors in the past. 


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Diary August 12th 2020

Today, I had an online English practice with the tutor in the video below since 2019. Because her lesson slot suddenly disappeared one day in mid 2019. Luckily, I found this tutor's lesson slot again after nearly 1 year interval, and I booked her lesson immediately. Although I was a bit worried if she remembers me, she told me " What a surprise it is today, Yoshi-san, It's been a while ! " at the beginning of the lesson.  It was a scorching hot weather today, however, language practice with her made me happy, and I was glad she remembered me.




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Diary August 11th 2020 - Kontinuum Lost

The weather is so hot in these several days, so, I'll upload a song that makes you a little bit cool.
Especially this tune is recommended in sunset time or in the evening.


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Diary August 10th 2020

If your loved one encounters some frustrating situation, an important thing for you would be to support her, and to be empathetic and mindful. This is similar to the notion of coaching presence as well, I guess.


ここ3年程、ヨーロッパのオンライン英語講師の顔を見慣れているせいか、キレイだなと思うのはジュリア・ロバーツとかエリザベス・ハーレイなど海外の女優さんやモデルさんばかりで、日本の芸能人には興味を失いつつあるのが本音なのですが、海外の話題に興味のない方々にそんな名前を出しても会話が広がらないだろうと思い、「うーーん、そうですねえ、日本の女優さんで言えば松下奈緒さんみたいな人がいいですね」と適当な事を言ってしまった ...


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Bruce Lee rare inteview in the days of Green Honet

I found a rare interview footage of Bruce Lee.
THis interview seems to have been taken in his days of Green Honet.
Bruce special bicycle is cool !



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Diary August 4th 2020 - Perefect 10

One of my recent favorite tunes.


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Diary August 3rd 2020 - Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews

THe following link is a free access to American College of Sports Medicine's one of research journals - Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.


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Diary July 29th 2020

I got this fan from one of my acquaintances as a seasonal summar greeting. Although rainy season in Japan hasn't ended this year yet, this paper fan makes me feel the arrival of summar.
This fan is the size of a palm, and very adorable.
Have a nice day everyone !


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Tribute to Mr. Regis Philbin - a fitness enthusiast

As many of you know, Mr. Regis Philbin was a fitness enthusiast.
The first time I knew him was in a bodybuilding show video of World Bodybuilding Federation in 1993 or so.
Thank you very much Mr. Philbin for your lot of humor, laugh, and smile.



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