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Diary May 31st 2020

Nearly half of 2020 has already passed, hopefully the latter half of the year will become a transitional period in a good sense for most people in the world, especially those who are badly affected by the COVID 19.

Today's vocabulary : otherwise,  furthermore,  onward

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Diary May 29th 2020 - An end of 15 years

My senior exercise class is held at a daycare facility for the elderly, and this class started in 2005. I got a phone call from the owner of the facility today, and he had to made a diffucult decision amid this uncertain time. Due to COVID 19, number of clients in his daycare facility dramatically decreased, and he had to consider restructuring of his business. As a result, my senior fitness class in terminated. I will not blame him on this decision, because this is a flow of the society and no one can resist and control the flow. I would like to take this change positively as a chance for better direction.  What is important would be adapting yourself to changing situation.  I would like to thank class participants, the facility owner and staffs for their 15 years of collaborative participation.




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utilizing a drone for delivering PPE - May 28th 2020

I read the new article below as a part of my English practice.
According to this article, utilizing an unmanned airplace - drone might be helpful for delivering medical supplirs and personal protective equippment to COVID 19 affected areas.


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Diary May 27th 2020 - pervasive

What I learned in today's online Englisg training.
My pronunciation of " pervasive " was incorrect, I was thinking until today the pronunciation of this word was " パ―バシブ".   And I learned that the correct pronunciation is " パーヴェイシブ" 

sample sentense
Pervasive influenses of COVID 19 are so serious in many aspects of our everyday lives.

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Diary May 24th 2020

One of my fitness jobs resumed after the lifting of stay home order, however, other my fitness jobs are still suspended. People in the fitness industry including me need to think about future form of exercise classes and instruction. Along with the change of society, you also need to change and evolve in order to adapt to chaging situations.



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Diary May 23rd 2020

In these days, booking your favorite online English tutor is very competitive, that is probably because a lot of people are beginning to learn online due to the COVID 19.  The current market state is what is called " the demand exceeds the supply "
The fact that many people are beginning to notice the usefulness of online learning is a good thing, and what is important in the future would be ... not to disappoint people who started learning online. I mean providing good quality programs would be crucial for further growth and development of the field of online learning.

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Diary May 22nd 2020

Today's post is a practice for spelling the word " privilege "

It's my privilege to work with you.
It's my privilege to have you as my client.
It's my privilege to learn a lot from you.
It's my privilege to have you as my mentor.

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Diary May 21st 2020

Probably, one of positive byproducts of COVID 19 would be development of various online services such as online drinking party, online class reunion. I think the next possible service maybe oniline karaoke parlor.

COVID 19 がもたらした副産物のひとつは様々なオンライン・サービスの発達だと思います。

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Diary May 20th 2020

Recently I'm reading an ACSM textbook about clinical exercise physiology with my online English tutors, and one of them has been thinking until today that my job was psychologist. Today, I got a question from her saying that " Yoshi-san, why are you reading that kind of medical textbook ?  you are a psychologist ... "

When I started English practice with her several months ago, I introduced myself like this " My major in school days was sport psychology ".  however I didn't tell her that my primary job is fitness instruction.  Therefore, that first impression seemed to have remained in her mind until I told her about my primary job.  An image and impression you give to yor talking partner is not neccesarily the same as your real profile. 

オンライン英会話の講師の一人(セルビア)は僕が心理学関係の仕事をしていると思い込んでいたようだ。ここ最近、この講師と一緒にエクササイズ・フィジオロジーのテキストを読んでいるが「ヨシさん、あなた心理学者なのに、どうしてこんな医学的な内容の本を読んでいるの?」と本日、質問があった。「あれ?僕の仕事はフィットネス指導員だと言わなかった?」と確認すると「え? 知らなかった」とのこと。


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Diary May 18th 2020

English words and expressions I came across while listening to BBC World Service.
BBC ワールドサービスを聞いていて耳に残った言葉を書き連ねてみた。

normality,  hygiene,  hygienic condition,  epidemiology,  enormous,  madatory,  obligatory,  avid,  arid,  social contact,  social distancing,  indeed,  infected,   sustainability,  silver lining,   architect,   death toll,  modest man,  burden,  investigate,   diminish, animosity,   notable,   reverse,    immunologist,   behind us,    critical,   strong supporter,   strange feeling,    strategy,   economic functioning,   calculation,   acrimony,  alimony,    notion,    concept,   frankly,   immunity,   anti-body,   tested negative,   out there,   fight against COVID 19,   most people's view,  vaccine,   vaccination,   fundamental,    protect elderly in different ways,   confident,  confidence,   individual level,   main concern,  ease,   face mask,   fascinating,   help stop spread of corona virus,  spiders,   manage stress,   exhale forcefully,    online meditation,    emerging economy,   turmoil,  deadlock,   outbreak,   victim,  prospective candidate,   annoying,    

and the news about temporary closure of climbing routes on Mount Fuji during the 2020 season was reported in BBC as well.        

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Diary May 17th 2020

My English practice has been centered on exercise science related textbooks for these several years, and I'm off of reading newspaper articles for a long time. Reading as many news articles as possible is also very important for increasing your vocabulary in various fields. Thus, I restarted reading news articles such as BBC yesterday. Looking back now, reading news articles online was the core of my English practice for a long period of time, and I feel the neccesity to go back to the basic once again for reinforcing my reading comprehension and vocabulary.



The four skills - reading/listening/writing/and speaking - are equally important, however, the pillar of my practice is to read and write as much as I can.  

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おすすめオンライン英会話-Recommemded online English school Be Me Academy

One of my online English teachers in the Phillipines established her own online language school. Teacher Mary Anne is an experienced and enthusiastic language tutor with a master's degree.
Especially when I was in my graduate school, and in my exam prep for health & wellness coaching certification, she helped me a lot.
Also, she is conversant with topics about preservation of indigenous Phillipino cultures.


I highly recommend her for English learners in all levels, from kids, beginning learners to advanced learners.
ちなみに先生のアイエルツのスコアーは、なんと 8.0 だそうです。

Be Me Academy  (マリアン先生のスクール)

Profile of teacher Mary Anne Abubo マリアン先生 プロフィール

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Diary May 13th 2020 - new teacher with acting & drama major

In today's online English training, I practiced a script of CNN Larry King Live with a new teacher. This new teacher is a Serbian woman, but she was living in the US for 3 years and speaks like an American. Besides, her academic major was acting and drama. So, she is just the right person to practice TV show transcripts. I've found a nice tutor !



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Diary May 12th 2020

My recent online English practice is focused on reading a textbook on clinical exercise physiology, however, as for yesterday's lesson, I read a transcript of CNN Larry King Live with a tutor for the class in a role playing style for refreshment. Guest for this episode was Jon Bon Jovi, and the tutor played the role of Larry. Reading the part of Jon Bon Jovi was so much fun !


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An English expression I wasn't able to translate from Japanese language.


Skim the scum off the top.
Skim the foam off the top.

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Diary May 8th 2020 - Talked with a person with JLPT N1

I had an opportunity to talk online with a foreign resident in Japan who are learning Japanese language.  He said that he has the N1 grade of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1 means the highest level in that exam).  This was the first time for me to talk with a person with the N1.  He was very polite, eager and humble in learning. And I got a good stimuli from him. I would like to emulate his enthusiastic and humble attitude in learning and communication.

本日はオンラインで日本在住の外国人(中国出身の方)と日本語の勉強について話をする機会がありました。なんと、その方、日本語検定の1級(いわゆる JLPTのN1)とのこと。日本語検定1級の外国人と話をしたのは初めてですが、驚くほど日本語がしっかりしてます。文法的に正しくて、お行儀の良い日本語と言うか ...  きちんとした新聞記事を読んでいるような感じの日本語です。




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Diary May 7th 2020 - ジャッキー・イヴァンコ

This is a reminder to myself.
How do you read this word  ?    "  satiety "

satiety って満腹感とかそんな意味ですが、僕自身は、この単語をサティエティって読んでしまいがち。

and a music I liked today.
Music of the Night by Jackie Evancho

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Diary May 6th 2020 - long axis

I was explaining about osteoporosis in today's English lesson, and an English word that didn't come out of my mouth was ... " long axis ".   This is a very important word when you talk about preventative exercise for brittle bones.

本日の英語のトレーニングで骨粗鬆症について話していたのですが、とっさに口から出なかった言葉が " long axis " (骨の長軸という意味)。自分の専門分野の基礎用語が出てこなかったのは、ちょっと情けない ... もっと練習しないと。

and today's song I liked.    本日気に入った曲
BENI(安良城 紅さん)がこの曲を英語で歌っています

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compassion and empathy - these are ones I should keep in mind

As for appropriate coaching approaches for male clients and female clients, a slight difference in preferences based on gender seems to exist. What is important for female would be ... in many cases, compassion and empathy, whereas, males clients prefer detailed technical advice for improvement. Of course, interindividual difference also exists.

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Diary May 1st 2020 - grammar review

Reviewing one's knowledge in English grammar
How to use " pretend, suppose, and imagine "

pretend +to不定詞、または pretend + simple sentence
Having been interrogated by my girlfriend, I pretended to be a crazy guy.

suppose + simple sentence (現在形 または 過去形)
Supposing that you owned an island, what would you do with that ?

imagine + if + object + past tense
imagine + object + gerund
Imagine if you are the prime minister in your country, how would you deal with this uncertain situation ?
Imagine you being on the Mars, how would you talk with martians ?

Additional post
I wrote thought about the September start school system in Japan yesterday, I got a good idea.
How about making the best use of the education channel on NHK TV ?
I mean, broadcasting school programs on the E-TV channel.


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