01/11/2018

Diary Jan 11th 2018

Recently, the popularity of youtube bloggers are starting to replace the position of conventional TV programs among heavy internet users. and one of the biggest problems would be ... the current situation is close to " almost no regulation or code " concerning ethics, privacy, human rights and so on.  another problem would be that many of commercial youtubers talk about any topics even if the topic is beyond their specialty, profession, credential, academic degree and so on.
What is necessary and expected will be ... an establishment of " institutional review board " that overseas ethical code on the web.
ユーチューブにビデオを投稿して収入を得るのが人気になりつつあり、ネット世代の多くは、従来のテレビ番組よりも、ネット動画を見るほうが多くなりつつあると思いますが、問題は、放送コードのような倫理規定が非常に脆弱であることだと感じます。

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01/08/2018

Diary Jan 8th 2018

A reminder to myself

You (the instructor) don't need to answer and explain to all the questions from class participants/clients perfectly. Rather, an important point is how well the instructor expand the conversation by eliciting their further intellectual curiosity. If the instructor give them a firm conclusion, the conversation (their intellectual inquiry) stops there.  In other words,  how well the instructor/coach should stimulate/facilitate class participants' self-learning oriented mindset.  That would be a point I need to brush up more, I think.   
最近、感じることですが、インストラクターは参加者の皆さんからの質問に完璧に答えたり、過剰に詳細に説明する必要はないなあ、とも思います(相手が何を求めているか?によりますが)。エクササイズや栄養などに関して質問を下さる方々は、知的好奇心の旺盛な方が多いです。インストラクターが「あ、それはですねえ、最近の文献や研究によりますと、このような傾向が出ていますので、答えはこうです、以上」という感じで回答すると、せっかくの会話がそれ以上ふくらみませんし、彼らの好奇心の探訪もそこでストップしてしまいます。なので、インストラクターやコーチは、参加者の皆さんの自発的探究につながるような答えやきっかけを提供すべきなのかな、と感じます。中々難しいことですが ...

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01/05/2018

Diary Jan 5th 2018

I've been writing a lot of English for consecutive 5 days from the very first day of the 2018. And it makes me feel like my thought process returned to " English mode " again like my study days in a few years ago. Some of my regular talking partners are still taking the new year vacation, therefore, my current frequency of online speaking practice is less than usual, what can be inferred from this would be ... probably, writing a lot of English would be an important and essential foundation of the language practice.      

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01/03/2018

Diary Jan 3rd 2018

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A big tree is in the premise of the local shrine I visited on this new year's day. I think this tree has been witnessing and withstanding a countless number of events for probably a few hundred years both good things and bad things such as heavy rain, thunder storm, sunshine in the intense summer, cherry blossoms, festivals, fireworks and so on. I feel a heaviness of the history.

今年の初詣に訪れた神社の境内には、かなり年季の入った木があります。数十年か百年以上の間、雨、嵐、桜、夏の日差し、祭りなど色々な出来事を耐えて、見守ってきた木だと思います。なんとなく気持ちが休まります。

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01/02/2018

Diary Jan 2nd 2018

Two days in the 2018 have already passed ... time flies running fast.
What I was doing today is ... enjoying videos of fitness youtubers.  As you know, many of fitness youtubers are affiliated/tied up with fitness apparel companies, supplement companies and so on, in other words, many of their videos have an aspect of sales promotion of commercial products in addition to their pure energy and passion for fitness.  Of course I know that continuing an ideal lifestyle of fitness competitors requires sponsorship. The main reason why I watch videos of fitness youtubers is 1) as a listening practice of English,  2) get a power and energy from their motivation in a good sense.

Especially, in terms of listening practice purpose, I like videos of Arevalo sisters. Way of speaking of the elder sister and the little sister resemble so much or almost exactly the same. What I thought was way of speaking of siblings who grew up under a roof can get surprisingly similar, such as accent, pronunciation, expression and so on. They are a good example of it, I guess.
2018年も早くも2日経過、時間の経過は早いですね。
今日はフィットネス・ユーチューバーのビデオを見ていました。多くの職業ユーチューバーのビデオは何らかの商品の宣伝を兼ねていることが多く、フィットネス・ユーチューバーの多くも、経営するジムの宣伝やタイアップしているアパレル会社やサプルメント会社の製品の販売促進を兼ねていることが多いので、あまり純粋な目では見れませんが、それでも、彼らのトレーニングに対する情熱には、エネルギーをもらうことも多いです。
フィットネスビキニコンテストの選手・アレバロ姉妹のビデオが最近、気に入ってます。中南米系アメリカ人なのですが、この姉妹の喋り方がふたりともそっくりで面白い。まあ、子供の頃から同じ屋根の下で生活していればしゃべり方が似てくるのは当然ですが、このふたりはお姉さんも妹さんも、アクセント、発音、使う表現など、ほぼ同じなので見比べると面白い上、早口でまくしたてるのでリスニング教材としても良いです。 

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01/01/2018

Diary Jan 1st 2018 Happy New Year 2018 !

My 2018 started with a courtesy visit to a nearby shrine and a 20 minute of walking to and from there. Hoping health, wellness, and fortune in the new year for all of you !

謹賀新年、近所の神社へ初詣、歩いていきましたので20分少々のウォーキング。いつもの通り、こんな感じで2018年がスタートしました。皆様のご健康をお祈りいたしております。今年もよろしくお願い申し上げます。
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As I'm writing on this blog, I'm taking online English conversation service recently almost everyday, however, all of my familiar talking partners are taking new year's holiday today. Although I was born and grew up in Japan, I'm not a " hundred-proof made in Japan ", as many of you know, I'm from a graduate program in the USA, therefore I definitely don't want to say things like " oh I'm not good at English ", so I don't want to skip English practice even during the new year vacation. It is often said that " if you are off of ballet lesson even one day, it requires two to three days to get back in your previous condition "  and I feel the similar way in foreign language practice as well based on my own experience. Instead of speaking with my learning partners, I'm writing this additional post as a writing practice. If you want to excel in something, as a matter of fact, devotion and consistency would be necessary. Nobody said it would be easy. I would like to walk the talk on that way. Thank you for your understanding and support always.   

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12/31/2017

Diary Dec 31st 2017

I'm going to spend this year's new year's eve as usual as possible except for enjoying the MMA show on TV, and taking a little bit of rest (a kind of recuperation) in preparation for the coming year 2018.
I appreciate your friendship and support for me in the 2017. Have a nice year ending everyone !
今年の大晦日は特に変わったことはなく、いつも通り過ごしています。これからテレビで格闘技を見て、少し休息と気分転換する予定。皆さん、いつもありがとうございます。良い大晦日をお過ごし下さい。2018年もよろしくお願いします。

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12/30/2017

Diary Dec 30th 2017

What I talked online at two days before the end of 2017 was ... anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and things like that.

大晦日の前日にオンラインで話したネタ、「ショウガの抗炎症作用」とか ... そんな話題(笑)
P.S.  大晦日の格闘技、ミルコ vs 高坂 ちょっと気になる 

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12/29/2017

Diary Dec 29th 2017

All of my work in 2017 finished today. I would like to thank for your support, understanding, and friendship to me in this year. I will pursue the way of fitness including wellness coaching in the next year and thereafter as well. I hope you all have a nice holiday season.

2017年の仕事は本日、無事に完了しました。皆様の御支援・御理解いつもありがとうございます。2018年も引き続き頑張ります。皆様が良いお年を迎えられますことを願っております。

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12/28/2017

Diary Dec 28th 2017

I got an interesting question from one of my friends in the US,   that is ...   " Why do Japanese people bow many times ? "
How do you explain to this cultural curiosity ?

アメリカの友人の一人から興味深い質問 ...
「どうして日本の人達は、何度もおじぎ(礼)するの?」
状況としては、アメリカの日本食レストラン(鉄板焼き)に入ったら、そこの店員さんが「いらっしゃいませー! ありがとうございましたー!」とやたらと愛想良く、丁寧に何度もおじぎしてくれるので、アメリカ人の目には新鮮というか不思議に思えるらしい
この素朴な疑問にどう説明すべきか?

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