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 Hello!
実は最近イギリスに行ってきた英語講師の澤田です!

久し振りの海外で、大満足の旅でした。そして、なんといっても久し振りに英語だけの一週間を過ごし、とっても刺激を浴びることができました。そんな中で、英語を学習してきてよかったなと思い返すことがあったので紹介します。

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まず、私が英語に力を注ぎ始めたのは大学4年生の時でした。それまでは、小学校の先生になろうと思っていました。しかしある日、大学内で有名な厳しい先生から「お前、発音だけはいいな!」と発音に太鼓判を押されたことがきっかけで、英語を極めたいと思うようになったのです。とても単純な理由ですね。また、大学1~4年までは、とても内公的かつ、消極的な人間でした。休日は外にも出たくないし、人との関わりも少なくしていました。しかし、英語と向き合って1年ほどたち、簡単な英会話ができるようになった時、「英語で話してるって、、、かっこいいな、、、」と思うようになりました。これも単純ですね。

 それからの自分は、学内の英語討論サークルを作ったり、留学生の支援をしたり、長期休暇には旅にでたりと今までにないくらい外交的になる努力をし始めました。つまり、英語が私を変えてくれて、様々な体験と触れ合うチャンスをくれたのです!!恐らく、英語を学んでいなければイギリスに行きたいとは思わなかったでしょうし、おかげで楽しい旅ができました。ありがとう、英語。

 

そして今、私はそんな英語を教える立場にいます。英語がただの教科ではなく、子どもたちに自信と多くの可能性を与えてくれるものだということを常に意識して、責任を持って指導していきたいと思っています!


         Hello! This is Rob, your Canadian envoy to English education at Earnest.

Now that we have entered November,we have seen another Halloween come and go. As our students and parents are well aware, Halloween Week at Earnest is quite the spectacle. Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of our students as they run around our spooky halls in colourful costumes, filling the school with jubilant screams of fear and delight, reminds me of what a great opportunity this time is for them to get a taste of a popular piece of western culture. Speaking with many of my older,long-term students, I am always surprised to hear that their only experience with Halloween has been through the events hosted here at Earnest. It makes me appreciate the eagerness of our students for this once-a-year week, and I understand with gratitude the thanks of parents for providing their children with such an exciting opportunity.

This year again, we were able to see outstanding creativity and cleverness in the costumes worn in our school. A very big thank you to parents who helped their kids in constructing their unique outfits, and a hearty congratulations to the many students who won any of our various costume contest awards. This costumed collaboration was especially fun for me as well, as I enjoyed how zealously students interacted with my character, heroically chasing me through the halls or tepidly trying to sidestep my sketchy specter. Perhaps most amusing was that most students, even those I teach, didn’t know it was me under the outfit, allowing me a fun dramatic reveal. Events like these give us a great chance to play and have fun with our students outside of our regular educational curriculum, so I hope students will look back on these times with as much fondness as we do.

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I hope you all look forward to this same time next year, and I look forward to being surprised by your creative costumes!

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Hello. My name is Luke Summerhayes.
I`m a fairly new teacher here at Earnest. I started at the end of July this year
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When I meet new students, one way I like to get them to practice some English is to ask me five questions: what, when, where, who and why. I often get asked “what is your favourite animal?” (bear), “when is your birthday?” (September 11th), “where are you from?” (England) and“who is your favourite singer?” (David Bowie, but the students never know who that is so I use my favourite living singer, Taylor Swift).

For the why question, students will often ask me “why did you come to Japan?” This one is a little trickier and I thought I would talk about it here, and how working at Earnest has helped me understand that I want to stay in Japan.

My story starts a long time ago, just before I was ten years old. Like everyone my age in England, I became obsessed with Pokemon when it first came to the UK. I watched the anime, collected the cards and begged my family to buy me the Game Boy game for Christmas.

Most of my friends stopped being interested in things like Pokemon as they grew older, but I never did. I wanted to live in that magical world instead of the boring real world. I dreamed of magical creatures,adventures on mountains and beautiful forests right on the edge of town. 

As I grew older, there were many things I really loved:Nintendo, Godzilla, Samurai movies. I read about these things and started to read more and more about Japan because it made so many things I loved. I learned about Japanese history and culture. I became fascinated by the samurai and enamoured with the architecture. I greatly respected Japan for Article 9 of the constitution and loved it for the sense of humour.

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When I finally came to Japan, I thought I would love spending time in Tokyo and Osaka, playing video games and meeting anime fans. In reality, my favourite parts of Japan turned out not to be the big cities.

I like the beautiful mountains and shrines. I like going for long walks along side pretty rivers and seeing fascinating birds and insects and fish. I have discovered I am much more adventurous than I believed when I wasin the UK.

Lots of my students love the same cartoons and charactersand games that I do. We have fun and talk about them, but I hope they can realise what I have realised: I don`t need to imagine any more. Here in Japan,I really am on my adventure!

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Hello!! フロントスタッフの梅野です。
すっかり秋らしい気候になりましたね。
先週、9月の21日から23日まで、私たちアーネストのスタッフは
社員旅行に連れて行っていただいておりました。

今年の旅行先は沖縄県国頭郡国頭村のオクマビーチリゾート!
朝5時にアーネストに全員集合し、12時間かけて目的地に向かいました。


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旅行中、最初から最後までずっと素晴らしい晴天でした。

皆さんの日頃の行いが良かったおかげでしょう。
3日間、すっかり真夏に戻った気分で過ごせました。

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加えて移動の疲れも一気に吹き飛ぶほどの素敵な施設!
非日常感にクラクラしました。

社員旅行中の予定はほぼフリーでした。
しかしそれぞれのスタッフが個として楽しむのではなく、
お互いに誘い合い、和を大切にしながら様々な活動を楽しみました。

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プライベートビーチでマリンスポーツを楽しんだり。

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夕暮れの景色に酔い痴れながら浜辺でくつろいだり。

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BBQを楽しんだり。

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沖縄の青い空の下で思う存分交流を深め、一体感を生み出すことができました!

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全員すっかり日焼けし、今週の授業では生徒達に何をしてきたのかと突っ込まれっぱなしでした。
秋以降もアーネスト英語学院ではイベントが目白押しです。
沖縄で培った一体感をエネルギー源に、
もっともっと生徒の皆さんに楽しんでいただければと思います。
これからもどうぞよろしくお願いします!

  
  
Hello again. My name is Joe. I am a foreign teacher here at Earnest.


 In the past couple months, it has been very hot and I have to go to work by bicycle. Every day when I get to work I sweat a lot. I’m always complaining to myself “Why can’t I drive a car?”, “Why do I have to ride a bike 15 minutes to come to work?”

Sometimes when it rains, I also ride a bike to work. And again I complain. I keep complaining in any weather.Not only about commuting to work. I sometimes complain about little things like dinner; “Why do we have this food again?”, about my house; “Why is my room so hot?”And I keep complaining, complaining,…

 

  Couple days ago, I saw a news on TV about typhoon in Osaka. I heard that it was the biggest typhoon in the past 25 years. I saw many houses, buildings, bridges being destroyed.

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  Many people stuck in a train. Many people have no place to stay. They had no way to go back to their houses. Many people slept in a train station or even in a train.

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  When I saw this news I thought to myself that I am actually lucky that I don’t have to face that situation.

 

  Now I look back to my own problems, they are really small compare to those problems in Osaka. I should be grateful for what I have. I should not complain about my very tiny problems.
 So now I start look at my problems from different perspective. If those people in Osaka see my problems they would think my problems are really nothing compare to them. When I go to work in a hot weather, I would tell myself that at least it takes only 15 minutes better than having no transportation. Only sweat just wipe it out and it will be fine.
 If I look at my problems positively I would be a lot more happy with my life. I hope you,readers, try to look at your problems positively and you would have happy lives.

 




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