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疑問に答えなさい。 みたいな問題への答えかと思われる・・・

As you see Japan is a small and crowded country.
Accidents happen on small streets.
Study shows that young drivers and the elderly are prone to cause traffic accidents.
One of the measures to deal with this and decrease the number of traffic accidents and its casualities is the unique stickers put on cars.

For one year after we get a driver's license, we are required to put a "Green Leaf" sticker on our cars.
Also drivers at 70 years old and over are advised to put "Autumn Leaf" sticker on their cars.

Both stickers are to tell other drivers that they are inexperienced drivers or the elderly so that drivers around their cars be more careful and go easy on them.

The stickers are availble at police stations.

Japan is a small and very crowded country.
So you have to be very careful when driving.

For one year after you get a driver's license, you are required to put "Green Leaf" sticker on your car. This sticker tells other drivers that you're not an experienced driver and may be annoying for them.
Also drivers at 70 years old and older are advised to "Autumn Leaf" sticker on their car.

いまでは75歳以上の人は なんかテストを受けるんですよね〜。

Show and Tell 2000位?



通訳研究会でのShow and Tell

If I hadn't read this book, I wouldn't be here.
This is a book written by a woman, who made herself an interpreter, and some of her students.

Now I think I study English with you fairly hard, but I had not always studied it so hard. When this book was published, it was featured in book reviews in newspapers or magazines. I saw some of them, but I was not so much interested. Why? I hate to admit this, but I was so stuckup in those days, and I thought like, ""English for housewives? My English is not 'housewife' level!' How vain I was! Don't hate me,please!

Passing the first grade of Eiken before I was 30 was my goal, but at 24 I passed it.
Of course I was very very happy. But I was really frustrated because I knew my English was not good enough. Rather, it was far from the 1st grade level. I was suffering from the gap between my English ability and my image for the first grade. And, I almost gave up. In those days, I didn't study English hard and didn't seek opportunities to improve my English, although I was using the language every day in my work. So I was stuck up thinking, "my English is not 'housewife' level", but at the same time I was totally disapppointed with my English and din't know what to do.

After passing in front of this book in bookstores several times, finally I bought it. And once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I was reading this book with a frying pan in my hand preparing dinner. Reading this book, I thought, "Maybe I could do more." And I began going out for chances to use English and to get to know people who might share motivation for studying English.

First I started a correspondence course for a licensed interpreter guide exam. Also I joined a volunteer interpreters' section of the international friendship association in my city. The city official in charge came to know that I was motivated by this book so much and he suggested that we invite the writer to a lecture. And we did. This is the fryer for the lecture. I took part in the panel discussion. I hated talking in public, but I wanted to see her in person I felt obliged to be one of the participants. After the lecture I wrote a thank-you letter to her and this is the postcard from her.

When I tell pepole how I have studied English, they tend to think that I have done all by myself. Although I didn't have a chance to study to earn a degree in college, I have had some excellent teachers like Mr. Anderson, Ms. Sato, and Ms. Tokumatsu. And the author of this book, Ms. Aoyama is surely one of them.




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