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Nackyさん: Japanese Foreigner
ハンドル名Nacky さん
ブログタイトルJapanese Foreigner
ブログURLhttp://japaneseforeigner.blogspot.com/
サイト紹介文英語で海外のデイリーライフを描いています。
自由文夫の仕事の関係で、欧州3カ国に住んでいました。今はアメリカ在住です。各国に住んでいた時のことや日常のエピソードを英語で紹介しています。
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Nacky さんのブログ記事

  • Dreams
  •   When I was in Germany there were a lot of refuges and migrants in the German class. I was sometimes asked by students there wh
    at I wanted to be as a child. But I couldn’t respond quickly, because I actually didn’t think what I want to be when I was a c
    hild. Some students were surprised to know that I didn’t have any dreams as a child. Because they have their specific dreams and
    th [続きを読む]
  • Funny Toilet Stories
  • Last week I met Monika in a bathroom after the ESL course. We both were just out of the toilet stalls. She asked me whether a toil
    et in Japan was the squat type. I couldn’t understand what it meant then. She new from my face that I couldn’t make heads or t
    ails of it and said again, “Squat!” Actually I know the meaning of “squat”, but I thought the word “Squat” was used ju
    st in a gymnastic [続きを読む]
  • Boys
  • Generally, men don’t talk so much. Some of them chatter like my sons, but they don’t say anything they don’t need to say and don’t interfere in somebody’s affairs. On the other hand, most women like talking. They talk and talk so much that they reduce friction and they don’t misunderstand each other. When there are women and men in a group, you can recognize such a difference between m [続きを読む]
  • Tofu
  • Germany is the first country where I lived in a foreign country for the first time. The city was Frankfurt and there were about 30
    00 Japanese in the area. And there were three small Japanese grocery markets. Nowadays, Japanese food is getting popular in the fo
    reign countries, but at that time, it wasn’t and the shops were almost only for Japanese customers. Even though the shop clerks
    there [続きを読む]
  • Remains
  • It is interesting that Western people and Japanese people have different views on dead bodies. In 2001 an incident took place off
    the coast of Hawaii. There was a ship collision between the United States Navy submarine and the Japanese fishery high school tra
    ining ship. Unfortunately, the Japanese ship Ehime Maru sank in about five minutes after the crash and 9 of 35 crew members died. [続きを読む]
  • The Bright and Darkness War
  • When I was in Europe I was sometimes frustrated with the darkness in a room. Generally European people like darkness. When German
    people invited us for dinner or tea they often turned off electric lights and chatted with only several candle lights on the table
    . It seemed to me as if they were going to enjoy telling horror stories to each other or they were used to living in caves just be
    for [続きを読む]
  • Home Delivery Service
  • In the USA, when a courier generally deliveries parcels and you are not at home he/she put them in front of the door exposed. It s
    urprised me, because firstly, the USA is partly dangerous country. I worried about the robbers. Secondly, Americans don’t use a
    front door and leave from a garage by car if they have a garage. If you haven’t gone out through a front door, you likely leave
    parcel [続きを読む]
  • Americans Gestures
  • During my life in the USA, I have enjoyed watching sport games, such as football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Actually, I am
    a kind of person who cannot concentrate watching games and so I cannot follow the ball all the time during the game and likely los
    e the important scenes. So I often react one second later than other audiences. Although when our team makes a score, I find it ea
    sily. The [続きを読む]
  • Quick Decision
  • When the earthquake and the tsunami hit in the east of Japan in 2011 the people there were forced to make a quick decision whether
    they should have turned right or left. It was just the short time that determined their destiny.When the earthquake struck there
    the students and teachers in Okawa Elementary School should have evacuated to a higher place following the manual. But it was not
    men [続きを読む]
  • The Things That Surprised Me in the USA
  • One day, my English teacher asked the students what surprised us when we came to the USA. Then I said, “I was surprised when I w
    as in the bathroom. There are cracks between the doors and walls, and also the doors are too short and your feet are exposed. You
    can easily be seen by the people outside of the door. Then teacher asked me, “Oh, you don’t have any cracks in a bathroom? T
    hen how c [続きを読む]
  • Ashinaga Scholarship Organization
  •  Ashinaga is one of the nonprofit scholarship organizations and was established fifty years ago to help the children whose paren
    ts were killed in car accidents, whose parents committed suicide or died of a natural causes. Ashinaga has supported the children
    not only monetarily, but also with their mental health. The name “Ashinaga” means “long legs” in Japanese, and it was name
    d after the tit [続きを読む]
  • Japanese Fixed Phrase
  • Recently I listened to the radio about the story how Japanese make a mistake when they are talking with foreign people in English.
    An American English teacher who speaks Japanese well and lives in Japan spoke of his experiences on the radio. He was often asked
    by Japanese students to translate some regular Japanese fixed phrase to English. In Japanese language there are lot of specific p
    hrases of [続きを読む]
  • If You Want to Give Someone a Warning
  • German don’t hesitate to give someone words of caution, even though they are strangers on the street. For example, when some you
    ngsters have bad manners on the tram you can often see the passenger who warns the youngsters. They don’t warn only for their be
    haviors, but also they don’t hesitate to insist their right in public.I sometimes saw an old person who showed his identity card
    to yo [続きを読む]
  • Americnas on Journey
  • When I was in Germany, an Egyptian student told me, when he was working as a travel guide in Cairo, he saw a lot of Japanese tour
    groups. As opposed to other tourists, only the Japanese groups wore has, masks and sunglasses. Oh, my God! I understood they wore
    hats and sunglasses there. In Egypt the sun is shining very strongly and we prefer to avoid that, but I didn’t understand why th
    ey w [続きを読む]
  • German Sauna
  • When I was in Germany, I often went to a sauna. German people liked going to the sauna and so, there are lot of sauna facilities t
    here. The sauna facility where I was often, was huge and the atmosphere was full of tropical mood; there were several sauna rooms
    separated by their different temperatures, and they were well maintained. We also enjoyed the fragrance of the wood of the sauna.
    In the res [続きを読む]
  • Unfamiliar Measurement Units
  • We often talk about temperature at the beginning of winter. Here in the US sometimes it goes down to -20℃ or more. Generally, it
    was a good opportunity to start a weather talk in the ESL class. But, sometimes we cannot start such a conversation easily. For e
    xample, when the teacher asks us, ‘Tomorrow it will be really cold, It will go down to 5?.” Nobody responded to it and kept
    silent. Maybe [続きを読む]
  • Five-Second-Rule
  • What do you do when you drop a biscuit on the ground? Some people don’t eat it and throw it away. But some people think that the biscuit is on the ground just for seconds and so, any bacteria from the ground sticks to the ground, and so, they eat the biscuit. I learned American people say that five-second-rule, whereas we say three-second-rule in Japan. American people are more tolera [続きを読む]
  • Afghanistan's Happiness Index
  • Five years ago, I attend a lecture in Japan. A Japanese man, Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was carrying out medical activities in Afghanistan
    , especially for the patients who had leprosy, and also supporting developing the community there.Eighty to ninety percent of the
    population of Afghanistan were farmers and lived a self-sufficient life. The ice on the top of the Himalayan Mountains was melting
    into wate [続きを読む]
  • My ESL Teacher
  • In the city where I live in the USA, ESL (English as a Second Language) courses are held in libraries and churches every day. Thes
    e ESL courses are taught by volunteers. The teachers are native speakers, but not qualified, mainly retired people. So, if you ask
    a teacher a grammatical question, they won't answer it well. When you go to ESL classes, you can see several groups. The lea
    rners don [続きを読む]
  • My Ashamed Memory
  • Recently, my ESL teacher told me a story about an old Japanese lady, living in the USA, who lived in a camp during World War 2. Th
    e teacher listened to her story on the car radio on her way she was going back home. During the war, the Japanese woman fell in lo
    ve with a Japanese boy and wanted to get married. But, her parents were against their marriage. The lady went on talking about [続きを読む]
  • The Earthquake Victims of January 17, 1995
  • January 17 1995, I was in Germany. I had a slight cold and stayed home. My sister who lived in Kobe called me in the morning and t
    hat was when I first realized there had been a terrible earthquake in Kobe. Fortunately my sister was living far from the epicente
    r, and her family and her house were safe. As soon as I heard that sad news, I turned on the TV and saw the picture on the news sh
    ow in Kobe [続きを読む]
  • From Car to Kitchen
  • In the USA, sometimes we see wild animals such as, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and even deer dying on the road. Almost all of the
    se carcasses have gone under car’s tires many times or some of them have been pecked by big birds until nothing reminded. I feel
    sorry when I encounter such kinds of scenes. In Japan when people come across similar situation, some, especially elderly people
    will come t [続きを読む]
  • Playing the Solo Part
  • One day, as soon as my son came back from school and opened the front door of the house, he started screaming loudly, “Yeeeeee!!!!” Yelling out he rushed to the sofa, rolled, jumped on the sofa, came to me, ran around the house, stood upside down on his hands, tried to hug me, but didn't succeed, and ran around the house three more times. My son used to do that sometimes but I was not surpr [続きを読む]
  • The Memory of a Homemade Curry Bread
  • Lately, I heard the news that a Japanese teacher passed away. She had helped with Japanese students’ assignment during the lunch time in the school. Actually, she was at school for months and I never met her, so, I didn’t feel such deep grief for her. She suddenly left the school at that time and my son’s ESL teacher told us, “She got a serious disease and left the school.” The teacher didn’ [続きを読む]
  • Rotten Tofu
  • The foreign city where I first lived was Frankfurt in Germany. At that time, there were about 3,000 Japanese people and three smal
    l Japanese grocery stores there. In those days, Japanese food was not so popular and the stores ran almost only for the Japanese p
    eople there. Although the shop clerks there were not very social and quite surly, the stores were very helpful for the Japanese th
    ere.Maybe [続きを読む]