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

Reading Books

Let me say this: I wasn't fond of reading books, fiction books, in particular. I prefer reading the newspapers to learn about what is going on in the world.

I don't intend to offend anyone who is a bookworm.
In fact, I have tried to read a few books to enjoy, learn something new and expand my knowledge. As we all know, reading books leads to improvement in reading skills. Having said that, I easily get lost in the stories like "Where am I?", "Who is he or she?" or "Who is who?".

The other day, a friend of mine, who lives in America, recommended me the following book:
SHAKEN by Tim Tebow
I am ashamed to say that I didn't know who he was. I was so curious to know about him and checked on the net. Yes, I decided to buy the book to know about him more.

Once I read it, I couldn't stop reading. Of course, one of the reasons was that it was so easy English that I could read it smoothly. But, mainly it was because my principle was sympathized with his faith and belief.

Now I realized that reading books enriched my life as well. I need to make time for reading books and papers, but it is well worth, isn't it?

With My Lovely Friends

I often help foreigners study Japanese. I can't make it regularly because of my work, but luckily I made some time for the class today.
This time, I helped two siblings from Nepal, who are a 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. They came to Japan about 6 months ago and have been studying Japanese. Luckily, they understood English, so I used Japanese and English during the session. Basically, the staff members of the Japanese class should use only Japanese during each session to immerse the students in Japanese. However, we should use other languages to help complete beginners understand words correctly and smoothly, depending on the situation although we can't use their mother tongues such as English all the sessions, of course.
A staff member had told me they would be complete beginners and that they might be able to communicate in English somehow. But we had had no idea how well they would use and understand English.

At the beginning of the first session, we introduced ourselves in Japanese. They have already learned how to greet and say their names.
They were super beginners, but I was surprised to see how fast they learned new words and expressions. They must be quick learners, very studious and pure. In fact, they are eager to study at Japanese junior or high schools. Their enthusiasm to learn Japanese will absolutely improve their skills at warp speed.

Whelp, I hope they will enjoy the process of learning Japanese and get acclimatized to life in Japan.

Thanks to my friends

As I told here, I decided to spend as much time as possible for myself such as brushing up on my English or chilling out.

This morning, I helped foreigners with their Japanese study as a volunteer. I didn't manage to have time to visit them regularly because of my work. Finally, I made it today. It was my first session this year and I was thrilled to see the students and the stuff members.

I love to meet new people and see my lovely friends. While I was interacting with them, I felt I was being rejuvenated. I don't want to sound that it is an overstated expression, but actually I felt like that.
After the session, a few friends and I had lunch together and chatted to my heart's content.

Getting home, I was overflowing with joy and energy. Thanks to my lovely friends, I seemed I have been able to recharge my batteries. ;)
     
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