「震災から1年、日本がどうなったのかについて発信する」という主旨のもとに始まった #311fromjapan という企画の優秀作を教材化しました。そして”日本人が世界に向けて発信した英文で英語を学びませんか“。この教材で英語を学びつつ、時には311の事を思い出してください。
(1) One year has passed since the earthquake happened. Yesterday, many TV programs were aired about the incident. I watched them and recalled that day.
(2) When the earthquake happened, I was working on the 12th floor of Shinjuku Building. I felt nauseated and I hid under my desk. After the earthquake, I tried to call my wife since she always said that she hated earthquake and she gets scared every time one occurs.
(3) But I couldn’t contact my wife. I was anxious and after I finished my work, I went home on foot (not by train since all the train were stopped). While I was walking to my home, I saw that there was a terrible traffic jam and people were waiting to use the telephone room. It took about four hours to reach my home. Finally, late 11 in the evening, I could call my wife. I felt relieve even though she couldn’t come home that day.
(4) After 3.11, I thought about what I’d like to value again. Family? Work? Other things? I decided that I’d like to value family and, I found myself that I want to do something to be able to help others. These thoughts made me reconsider how I work, what I work on, and how I want to live. But I haven’t got any conclusion yet and I haven’t been able to start something.
(5) When you see the landscape of Tokyo now, you may think that there is no change; it’s as if the earthquake didn’t happen. However, I feel that something changed after 3.11 even though I can’t explain exactly what it is. Some people also thought about the way they live and others started to do other activity.
(6) We may not see the change yet. However, I think that, the change will appear someday. When the change appears, not a few people may feel or realize that it is there. But it is not a sudden change. The change may have already started. I don’t know what the change provides. What I can know is what I want to be, what I want to do, what I can do, and what I will do.
(1) incident /ˈɪnsədənt/ noun, an unexpected and usually unpleasant thing that happens
(2) nauseate /ˈnɑ:ziˌeɪt/ verb, 1. to cause (someone) to feel like vomiting 2. to cause (someone) to feel disgusted
occur /əˈkɚ/ verb, to appear or exist : to be found
(3) contact /ˈkɑ:nˌtækt/ noun, the state or condition that exists when people see and communicate with each other
anxious /ˈæŋkʃəs/ adjective, afraid or nervous especially about what may happen : feeling anxiety
on foot idiom, walking, to walk
terrible /ˈterəbəl/ adjective, very shocking and upsetting
traffic jam idiom, a number of vehicles blocking one another until they can scarcely move
relieve /ˌri:kənˈsɪdɚ/ verb, to think carefully about (someone or
(4) reconsider /ˌri:kənˈsɪdɚ/ verb, to think carefully about (someone or something) again especially in order to change a choice or decision you have already made
conclusion /kənˈklu:ʒən/ noun, a final decision or judgment : an opinion or decision that is formed after a period of thought or research
(5) landscape /ˈlændˌskeɪp/ noun, an area of land that has a particular quality or appearance
(6) appear /əˈpiɚ/ verb, to become visible : to begin to be seen
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