What Do You Think?

When I watched the following news, I was pissed off and sighed: A sumo referee ordered a few women to leave the ring during emergency.

I understand sumo is considered our national sport and has a long history, not to mention how sacred the ring is and how important our tradition belief is. This time, however, it is high time to rethink our mindset.

A mayor suddenly collapsed on the ring during his speech. His hands and legs were cramping. It obviously seemed emergency, but every staff was upset and they didn't seem to know how to perform basic life support. A few minutes later, a woman rushed to the mayor and conducted cardiac massage. According to the news, she is a nurse and that makes sense. She knows what to do when an emergency happens. Following by the woman, a few more women rushed to the ring to help him. At the time, a sumo referee ordered the women to leave the ring because women are forbidden to enter the ring. A majority of the audience might not be able to believe the announcement during the emergency. Some might think that is a taboo in our culture, women must not enter the ring and we should follow it.

Some news seem to stir our feelings and a women mayor seems to lump women's rights in with this case, though,
don't get me wrong. I don't mean women shouldn't be forbidden to enter the ring or I don't mean we should break the long taboo. I mean we should think flexibly, depending on the situation like this emergency.

My Skills

I have brought up the same theme here many times, but please let me write it again.

Ever since I started to brush up on my English, I have been trying whatever I could do to improve my skills. On top of that, I am lucky enough to have wonderful friends who also have been slogging away at English, who always encourage and inspire me a lot, and who often help and give me some advice. I think my English has been improving to a certain degree as compared to that of the old me.

With that said, I feel there is a long way to go. This may be because I am an English teacher and I want my students to learn deeply. I am willing to share them my knowledge and tips to improve their English. That is why I don't want to have half-baked knowledge and skills as an expert in English. Some might think that I am being hard on myself, though, I don't give up attaining the native level.

At the same time, however, I am wondering when I can reach the level....haha

A New Project

The other day, I got an email from the company I help as a translator. It said, "We are launching a new project for English learners. We are sure you can put your experience in teaching English to good account. If you are interested in it, please let us know."

My job is not actually to teach English actually but to help English learners like a counselor such as answering questions from learners and giving some tips for improving their skills. On top of that, I regularly post my audio clips for learners on the site that the company is creating.

I jumped at its offer, of course. It will be a chance to discover a new me. ;)

Finally, She Joined Us!

Last Wednesday, I was thrilled to see one of my friends, who lives in Kumamoto.

She organized the English club in which I regularly take part, and I took over the club from her when she and her family moved to Saga because of her husband's transfer. Several years later, they moved to Kumamoto.
You know what? It was her first time to join us and it has been ten or more years since she moved!
She is as young as she was! On top of that, she is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as ever or more than ever. haha

On our way to the place we had the session, her familiar buildings and roads jogged her memory.
Most of the current members were new to her and we each gave self introduction. During that time, we fully enjoyed having a convo in English. It refreshed my old memory as if I went back to that time.

As you might imagine, I couldn't stop talking! Luckily, I didn't get tongue-tied regarding my speaking although some words slipped out of mind....However, I shouldn't be complacent about my current skills, of course, I'm not.
Keep pressing on and keeping at it.

Wellp, I am thinking that I will take part in her English session in Kumamoto, which will be held at the end of this month.

5月スケジュール ~~マムズ~~

These is our upcoming English meeting.

Day and Time: the 9th May 10:00~12:00

Participation Fee: ¥500 a participant (Due to the fact there will be a native English speaker attending. When there is no guest speaker, the fee is normally¥200 a person.)

Place: In Onojo city, Fukuoka. Onojo North Community Center, Meeting Room1 (2F)

We have been endeavoring to improve our English. We discuss the topic or article prepared by a leader. (We alternate the leader each session.)
応援クリックお願いします(^^) 励みになります♪       


Author: VibrantRose TOEIC 925 (2017.4) TESOL認定講師